An annual rite for the average American high schooler, prom is generally a routine, even boring affair.
Sure, some people go all out for their kits, and a few even rent exotic autoes for the moment. Yet, for “the worlds largest” portion, the tradition is pretty fixed in how the darknes plays out.
One of the most difficult highlightings of the night , no matter where you are, is the taking of prom photos.
For students at Baraboo High School in Wisconsin, those photos have brought one tonne of bad attention to the school. That’s because there’s a group photo of a cluster of alleged Baraboo High School students standing on the steps of the school presenting the “Sieg Heil.”
Why the latter are doing the gesture has an explanation, though it makes about as little sense as this whole story.
Apparently the sons were egged on by the photographer to do this. Again, why the photographer would do this , no one knows.
As you can imagine, the photo hit the web and the rest is history.
The Auschwitz Memorial was the first to draw attention to the photo, writing on their Twitter account: “It is so hard to find words … This is why every single day we work hard to educate. We need to explain what is the danger of hateful ideology rising. Auschwitz with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred.”
The photographer, Pete Gust of WheelMemories, was present as the parent of one of the sons in the photo.
Originally, the photo was posted to a lampoon account for the town of Baraboo. That photo had the caption “We even got the black kid to throw it up #BarabooProud. ”
To ram it all home, the kid in the center of the photograph is committing the “ok” sign widely associated in the United States with white supremacists according to some Internet observers. So it is tough to feign that somebody didn’t know what was up.
Gust, for his part, is doing just that and feigning stupidity as to what is likely to be be the questions with the picture.
In response to the public reaction, he posted on his website: “Due to malevolent behavior on the part of some in society; this page has been modified. It is too bad that there are those in civilization who can and do take the time to be jerkings; knowingly and gladly to be jerk! The internet can be a wonderful tool but for some there is an overwhelming urge to destroy. The extermination was not able to physical but instead, it is possible to bullying that is intellectual or emotional. To anyone that was hurt I sincerely apologize. To those who have harmed them, we as civilization often discount them I have chosen not to do that. YOU ARE JERKS! Grow up! ”
Since the tale has blown up, he has since told website Madison3 65: “And the last portrait that I shot, I said,’ All right boys, you’re on the steps . … gives people a high sign, a wave that you’re saying goodbye to your parents…And I called it high five,’ give me a high five.’ … And so I protrude my hand up, and I said,’ this is what I want…I didn’t said about to salute anything. There was none of that that was taken at that point in time that it was a salute of various kinds. It was waving goodbye to their parents( and) having a good time. High-pitched five.”
However, this is completely refuted by one member of the photo- the guy in the upper right corner very obviously not participating.
His name is Jordan Blue and he said that Gust informed them to do the “Sieg Heil” sign.
He released the following statement to journalist Jules Suzdaltsev refuting Gust’s claims.
Mandela Barnes, Lieutenant Governor-elect of Wisconsin, released a declaration on Twitter, saying: “Wish I was shocked, but the convenience they share in espousing supremacist culture is the most obscene part…This is the case when the behavior is increasingly more excused and/ or promoted. It cannot be tolerated, rejected, or inconsequential. This will not be us.”
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