Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastika

Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food.  He sang something to the effect of  (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and see a swami...Jews don't see Moses in their salami." 

Well, Carlos, it seems that other ethnic groups -- I'm going to assume that the complainer was Jewish -- are prone to pattern-creation, driven by touchiness and political correctness, often around the Holocaust. The discipline of semiotics teaches that context is relevant to the interpretation of the symbol.  Thus, when exceedingly touchy Jews (see  http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article4374435.html) see a swastika in their gift-wrap, context becomes irrelevant.  It's a swastika, and swastikas mean Nazis.

Walgreen's, an ever-so-sensitive corporation with headquarters in a heavily Jewish suburb of Chicago, pulls it.  Happy ending.  For censorship.  I liked the design.   

Come ON    This is an ancient, nearly-ubiquitous symbol, found, in this case, on a Chinese vase and, in supreme irony, offered up as Hanukkah gift-wrap.  But we, pattern-seeking animals that we are, see Jesus in our wood grain (my cabinet door actually has the Pope) and the Third Reich in a vase design.,

Svasti-ka! 

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Comment by Alan Perlman on December 28, 2014 at 10:26pm

Right, because he/she would be using the symbol in its one negative context.

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