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Owensboro man's Nazi costume sparks criticism online

An Owensboro man says he regrets dressing he and his son in Nazi costumes during Thursday evening’s trick or treat event.

A picture of Bryant Goldbach and his son was posted online and has been sparking outrage. Bryant Goldbach dressed as a Nazi soldier and his son as Adolf Hitler.

Goldbach says he originally did it for historical purposes but admits he didn’t think through his idea.

Many say the costume was in poor taste.

"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.

Shelby Worden said, "With all the hate in the world, it's bringing out more hate from the past. It's showing things that shouldn't be, not necessarily brought up, but romanticized."

The Rabbi at Temple Adath B’nai Israel made a statement concerning how people should be mindful of what costumes they wear during Halloween.

Rabbi Gary Mazo says if your costume stirs up an event where millions of people died, then you should avoid wearing the costume.

He 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.” As we are learning through Megyn Kelley’s words as well, costumes where someone dresses up deliberately to mock someone’s race, religion or nationality should be avoided.  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.””

The picture of Goldbach and his son has been circulating on social media and it's stirring up controversy.

Goldbach says he did not see the backlash coming.

Original Story

A picture of an Owensboro man dressed up as a Nazi soldier is sparking controversy online.

Bryant Goldbach was dressed as a Nazi Soldier and his son can be seen wearing a Hitler costume Thursday evening before the family headed to Owensboro’s Trail of Treats event.

Goldbach claims he received snide remarks and threats for wearing the costumes at the event Thursday evening.

A picture of Goldbach and his son has gone viral and is receiving criticism. Goldbach says he didn't realize it would stir as much controversy as is has and apologizes for his actions.

Goldbach also posted a statement on Facebook about the treatment his five-year-old son received at the Trunk or Treat event.

 

The owner of the Owensboro Mellow Mushroom released this statement:

 

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(This story was originally published on October 26, 2018)

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