A Kentucky dad who dressed in a father-son Nazi costume at a trail of treats event last Thursday apologized for his “bad taste” amid a barrage of threats and online backlash.
The Owensboro man, Bryant Goldbach, took to Facebook last week to issue a public apology after a picture of him and his son dressed in German nationalist uniforms sparked outrage.
According to the father of four, his family’s life has been threatened since the incident. However, he supposedly never intended to offend anyone by dressing as a Nazi soldier for the public event and his 5-year-old son as Adolf Hitler.
Goldbach told The Owensboro Times:
“I wasn’t trying to make a statement or put my son in any position.
It was bad judgment. I want people to know I am sorry.”
In a Facebook apology note, which has since been deleted, Goldbach wrote:
Anyone who knows us knows that we love our history, and often dress the part of historical figures …
Tonight as we walked and saw murderers, devils, serial killers, and blood and gore of all sorts, Nobody batted an eye. But my little boy and [I], dress as historical figures, and it merits people not only making snide remarks, but approaching us and threatening my little 5 year old boy. That’s right tonight grown adults threatened by boy over the costume .. threatened to rip the outfit of him screaming obscenities, scaring a small child.
According to the Times, in previous years, Goldbach portrayed controversial historical figures for Halloween. Last year he was a Confederate Civil War soldier and in 2016 a Catholic priest.
He told WEHT:
“I think it was in bad taste for me to let my child to wear that, probably for me to wear that. It didn’t occur to me. I thought it was a bad decision on my part.
Not everybody has the devotion to history I have. It’s … I’m sorry. I feel like I’ve hurt a lot of people. I’d do anything to make it right.”
However, for some “this wasn’t [an] oops man,” wrote one reader in Yahoo’s comment section.
Rabbi Gary Mazo at Temple Adath B’nai Israel, in the tri-state area of Kentucky, said:
“The fact that the father apologized is important; the fact he did not know the costumes would be offensive is a very sad reflection on our society …
A good rule of thumb would be: ‘if your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume.'”
“If the purpose of Halloween is to have fun – bigotry, anti-Semitism and racism are not fun. That should be common sense. This is not being ‘politically correct’ this is simply being respectful, understanding and kind.”
As previously reported by Dearly, deliberately or unintentionally mocking historical atrocities has received an onslaught of criticism this Halloween.
According to the HuffPost a woman identified as Goldbach wife, MaryAnne Goldbach, allegedly made various anti-semitic comments in a Facebook thread.
Goldbach did not respond to a request for comment regarding the series of offensive screenshots obtained by the publication.
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