Two teenage girls decorated cupcakes with swastika symbols at their Jewish girl’s birthday party saying they did it to “be funny”.
An Arizona mother said she hopes a cruel birthday cupcake given to her teenage daughter will become a “teachable moment” about the horrors of the Holocaust.
The mother, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona said her daughter’s 14th birthday party this month included cupcakes that guests were allowed to frost. She said two girls who are friends with her daughter thought it would be funny if they decorated one cupcake with a chocolate swastika, because the girl was Jewish.
The Facebook post, which has now been made private, read:
I thought long and hard about writing this, but you know, it’s better to lose some aquaintences than remain silent. This is not a political post, but i believe this has EVERYTHING to do with the political environment we’re now living in. I think everyone who knows me knows i don’t “have an agenda”. I’m not part of the mainstream media (who I love by the way if anyone is asking) and I truly hope from the bottom of my heart that our prez elect can bring this cracked country together. Incidences of awful racist, misogynistic, anti-semetic, etc. behavior are skyrocketing — you see it in posts that have been forwarded or news stories, but it always happens “somewhere else” or “not in my backyard”. Well how about it happening right in YOUR OWN HOUSE? By your 14 year old daughter’s “friends”. At her own birthday party last night? At what should’ve been a really happy occassion, there were charades, name that tune games, a viewing of the Princess Bride, pizza, Polaroiding, gift opening and cupcake decorating. I was upstairs hiding with the dogs b/c I believe 14 year olds don’t need to be babysat while putting sprinkles on cupcakes. Well, this apparently happened (I only found out about it this morning). Let me tell you that I am Jewish, my daughter is Jewish, there was another Jewish girl at the party as well as many other girls of different religions who don’t have a negative bone in their bodies. But then there were the two girls who created this. Why? Is this funny? Is this right? Is this nice to do at another person’s party in another person’s house? Are the lids to human kindness and decency ripped off so permanently that this can happen to YOUR kid in YOUR house? Just something to think about and maybe have a discussion with your children about certain actions.
The girls have now apologised for their tasteless joke after their parents spoke to them about it. Their local school has also been informed and is looking to teach more on the issue to stop these incidents from arising in the future.