ווי עס קריסטעלט זיך אזוי איד'לט זיך = "As it goes by the X-tians so goes it by the Jews". IOW the inexorable force of cultural osmosis on a minority in the diaspora leads to a lot of monkey-see-monkey-do blurring of Havdala lines. But it seems that in our current Topsy-turvy world "As it goes by the Jews... so goes it by the X-tians".
Much of the sane Jewish world was shocked and scandalized by images of insane self-styled Kanoim co-opting Holocaust imagery at a protest of theirs a few months back. They dressed themselves and their family members in Concentration Camp and Ghetto regalia prominently featuring the געלע לאטע (the yellow Mogen Dovid patch with the word "Jude", "Jood" or "Juif" emblazoned on it), had their little children pose in imitation of the iconic image of the child emerging from the sewers of the Warsaw ghetto after the uprising and sat in mock prison cells. The rest of us were aghast at their historical ignorance, cynical manipulation and brass/ harlot-forehead-brazen effrontery to the martyrs of our People.
Now, a few months later, I think that we can add "making holocaust trivialization acceptable in polite society again" to their rap sheet.
It seems that a schemata manufacturer called "Urban Outfitters" thought that a T-Shirt with a געלע לאטע theme would be a "hip" product. Had Jews from Central Casting such as the Hafgona organizing Meah Sheorim denizens not already made minced-meat out of the געלע לאטע I don't think that designing and marketing such a product would have occurred to even the most debauched and perverse of fashion designers.
The usual suspects are raising cries of protest and will, no doubt, be criticized in the days and weeks to come as being overly-sensitive and playing into the hands of "Urban Outfitters" in the days to come. But absent the Meah Sheorim Hafgonos I doubt that the current ADL and Commentary Magazine hand-wringing would ever have been necessary.
Yasser Arafat once infamously employed the following pretzel-like cogency : "How can I be called an anti-Semite when I am a Semite myself?" Similarly, how can we accuse "Urban Outfitters" of incredibly poor taste, being offensive to Jews and/or marketing an anti-Semitic product when Jews themselves have abused the image even more egregiously?
בא המבדיל והעמידן על אחת
"Those who cannot tolerate Havdala cannot appreciate Qedusha"