WHEN Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission – a Jewish group aimed at fighting against anti-Semitism and racism – discovered that a ‘Miss Hitler 2020’ pageant was being promoted by an outfit called ‘World Truth Historical Revisionism’ it demanded that the WTHR website be taken down.
The hosting company – GoDaddy – quickly obliged and WTHR is no more … for the moment. Hate sites like these have a nasty tendency to spring up elsewhere.
GoDaddy said in a statement:
We have suspended the account and informed the account owner to move the domains in question to another registrar, as they have violated our terms of service.
WTHR invited women to enter by posting sexy Nazi-themed photos, together with an entry explaining why they:
Love and revere the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler.
The Anti-Defamation Commission called the pageant:
An incitement to murder.
In previous years women sent in photographs of themselves performing Nazi salutes, at neo-Nazi rallies, or posing with Nazi memorabilia.
Responding to to the takedown the commission called the decision:
A glorious victory of good over evil.
It thanked the hosting company:
For declaring that anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers will never find a safe haven within the GoDaddy home.
The group sadded that:
Allowing this site to remain would have crossed many red lines and would have sent the message that it is open season on the Jewish community. With this decision, GoDaddy has chosen morality over profits, and decided to stand with the victims and survivors.
All internet giants need to do better in cracking down on Nazi propaganda that glorifies murderous prejudice, and need to address the frequency that such dangerous groups are allowed to register their domains. Digital hate and terrorism represent one of the most serious threats to our democracy, and GoDaddy must do more in enforcing their own practices in responding to this escalating crisis.
• The introductory image for this shows British drag queen Iva Bouquet dressed as Hitler. The costume Ms Bouquet wore at a gay event four years ago unsurprisingly caused outrage. While searching for an intro mage I found one of Hitler in drag in a Mirror report that claimed that Britain:
Hatched a bizarre plan to win the Second World War by turning Hitler into a WOMAN. The Allies secretly schemed to smuggle female sex hormones into the Fuhrer’s food in an attempt to curb his aggression. If the plot – like something out of TV comedy Blackadder – had gone ahead, it could have turned Herr Hitler into Her Hitler.
In 2006 a stage version of The Producers featuring a gay Hitler proved a hit in Israel.