Raise your hand if you have ever written on someone who was either passed out or asleep. If not wrote on, how about put shaving cream on or blew in their face? I think pretty much everyone has done something like this once or twice in their life.
Well, New England Patriots cheerleader Caitlin Davis and her friends did this exact thing to some guy that appears to be passed out. Here a shot of the beautiful young Caitlin and the “victim”.
As you can see, it is mostly silly stuff like a drawing of a penis or various other profane words and drawings. One of the drawings says, “I am Jewish” while another is the Star of David. Assuming the person is Jewish, this should not be found terribly offensive. So far, so good. Just a harmless prank.
The problem, apparently, is that if you look closely you can also see a couple of swastika’s drawn on our drunken friend. My guess is, since the guy is allegedly Jewish, someone thought that drawing a swastika on him would be funny or ironic…and maybe to the guy it was!
Unfortunately for Caitlin, Robert Kraft (the owner of the Patriots) is Jewish and also a fierce supporter of Israel. He takes his Judaism very seriously. He failed to get the joke or see the humor in any of this. So, he summarily fired Caitlin for behavior that reflected poorly on the organization.
Here is the thing. Caitlin is all of 18 years old. The reason the Patriots hired her in the first place is because she was excited to do community work. This was consistent with the work she had done with her church while growing up. I don’t think we would confuse 18 year old cheerleaders with political and religious intelligentsia.
She was with a bunch of friends doing silly and stupid things and, like most things these days, it ended up on MySpace. Was it poor judgement on her part? Of course but what else would you expect? Instead of throwing her out the door as an embarrassment to the organization, why not use her as an example of how poor judgement can lead to bad consequences?
If it makes you feel better Bob, have her go to the local synagogue and plead for forgiveness. Have her speak in public places about the risks of casually using historically hateful references, even if it is just a stupid joke. My sense is that Bob needs to get a sense of humor and remember when he was 18. Am I condoning her behavior? Not at all. By the same token, I don’t think that young folks that do stupid things should be publicly humiliated and branded as a nazi sympathizer.
And let’s be clear here, there is no evidence that she actually drew the offensive symbols or even noticed them. The guy is covered in graffiti! I had to look several times to see the swastikas. If she is like most 18 year old girls, she was 100% focused on looking good for the camera rather than checking out what her idiot friends wrote on a drunk guy.
I know that swastikas and nazi-ism do not make for good comedy material. Whoever drew the symbols is not at all well educated about their meaning or the weight they still carry to this day. It is no doubt sad that these young folks don’t understand this. However, based on what little we know about Caitlin, and the fact that the guy is covered in primarily penis pictures and comments, I think it is safe to say that an anti-semitic comment was not the prime mission here. Stupidity, plain and simple. If you still need more evidence, Caitlin listed People Magazine as her favorite book on her MySpace bio. Starting to see a pattern?
Bob, chastise the young woman as you see fit but give her a chance to redeem herself. It’s the Christian Jewish thing to do.
(Elizabeth, my Jewish expert, am I wrong?)