Kentucky father Bryant Goldbach says he now regrets dressing his 5-year-old son as Adolf Hitler for a Halloween trick or treat event while posing as a Nazi soldier.
Goldbach’s apology came after he originally took to Facebook to condemn the “so-called ‘Tolerant Left’ ” for the treatment they both received at the Halloween event in Owensboro, WEHT Eyewitness News first reported.
“Anyone who knows us knows that we love history, and often dress the part of historical figures,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Tonight as we walked we saw people dressed as murderers, devils, serial killers, blood and gore of all sorts. Nobody batted an eye. But my little 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.”
Goldbach continued, “That’s right. Tonight grown adults threatened a child over his costume. Threatened his mom and dad as well. Threatened to rip his outfit off of him screaming obscenities, scaring a small child. First off, its none of your business. Second, how dare you! I mean How dare you threaten a child. Me, its one thing, but my child? You are messing with fire.”
“Yes, liberalism is alive and well,” he continued. “And we had the displeasure of dealing with the fruits of the so called ’Tolerant Left.’ ”
Rabbi Gary Mazo of Temple Adath B’nai Israel said in a statement that Goldbach’s apology was “important” but said it was a “sad reflection” on society that he didn’t know the costume would be offensive.
“A good rule of thumb would be: ‘If your costume calls to mind an event where millions were killed, choose another costume,’ ” he wrote.
“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,” Goldbach said in a statement following the backlash.
He added he would would “give anything to make it right.”
The Hill notes:
Previous posts on Goldbach’s Facebook page prior to his apology also criticize liberals, The Evansville Courier & Press reported.
Phrases like “white pride doesn’t mean hate,” and “being liberal means being a hypocrite” were included on Goldbach’s social media.