‘Jews vs. Nazis’ Beer Pong Attracts Social Media Buzz, Criticized by Jewish Groups
A Twitter photo showing beer cups laid out beer pong style in the shape of a nazi swastika and a Jewish Star of David has recently garnered traction online and caused Jewish leaders to express concern.
One user captioned the photo with a quote from Cape Coral High School students saying, “This is what we play at parties. Jews vs. Nazis.”
The picture has been re-tweeted thousands of times and prompted discussion among Twitter users. On Wednesday one wrote, “This Nazis Vs. Jews battle looks a lot more fun than the one 60 years ago,” while another said, “Dibs on the Jew side.”
In response to the reports, Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, of Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida, told Fox4, “As a rabbi, I like to look at the world as a beautiful place. So, let’s assume it’s just children that are immature with no ill intent, not trying to be malice.”
“This is a wake up call,” he added. “We are not doing enough of a job educating people to be nicer, kinder, more polite.”
Rabbi Yossi Labkowski of the Chabad Center of Cape Coral also stressed the importance of education, according to Fox4. He said it was sad that such painful and serious subjects are trivialized by games.
Some of the high school students found it funny that their game made it to the news. One Twitter user posted a laughing emoticon, saying, “Our nazi vs jew beer pong picture is on the florida news.”
In an email to Fox4, Lee County School District spokeswoman said that it was impossible for her department to monitor the matter via social media and called on parents to take initiative on the issue.
“Parental monitoring of social media needs to continue especially and through the high school years,” the spokeswoman said. “Of course, any use of a school name in a defamatory manner is disappointing.”
Beer pong is a drinking game in which two teams of players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in cups of beer on the other end.
The sides then take turns and if a ball lands in a cup, the contents of that cup are consumed by the other team and the cup is removed from the table. The first team to eliminate all of the opponent’s cups is the winner