Roseanne Poses as Hitler: Cue Controversy

Publisher defends magazine's choice
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2009 7:55 AM CDT
Roseanne Poses as Hitler: Cue Controversy
A portion of the Heeb cover.   (Heeb magazine)

Roseanne Barr, always good for a controversy, recently dressed up as a “Nazi domestic goddess” for Jewish magazine Heeb, causing quite a flap. “Yes, the story of this infamous satirist/Jewish grandmother pulling a tray of burnt ‘Jew cookies’ out of an oven has been making its way around the Internet,” writes publisher Joshua Neuman, but detractors are “ignoring the very particular context in which the image was created.”

Heeb is a satirical Jewish culture magazine that interrogates stereotypes and ideas that many hold sacred in order to represent the complex and nuanced perspectives that many Jews have about their identities,” he continues, arguing that the “taboo against joking about the Holocaust and the Nazis” is fading. "What better way to capture this moment in popular culture than by having the original ‘domestic goddess’ don the Fuhrer’s famous mustache?” (More Roseanne Barr stories.)

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