Hello and welcome to my latest blog entry. Yes I know that its not my normal day to release a blog but something has happened in the community and on my local club page that got me thinking. I am saying this now to all of you, but there may be parts of this blog that may offend some of you. Please note that it is not my intentions to offend anyone, I am just putting my point out there for all of you.
Okay what are you on about this time Crafty?
Well lets take this back a few weeks, I am getting ready for a match at Airsoft Commando and as far as I know everything in the airsoft community is good. I am checking my kit over and as many of us airsofters do I am also on Facebook checking out what’s going on in the world of airsoft and then I come across this image………..to say it is interesting would be an understatement.
What can I say about this image, well lets look at the facts. This is a group of seasoned airsofters who has been in the field for a long time. I have come across them years ago but they was nothing like this image would lead you to think. So what do we have? Well we have 3 individuals holding a flag of the SS whilst also doing a hand gesture.
As I said earlier on these are airsofters who have been around, they should know what is deemed as acceptable and what is not on an airsoft field. This image is most definitely not acceptable in airsoft. Now i know that the centre person is doing some kind of hand gesture. I have been told that this is some kind of racist symbol. I will just leave that there for all of you.
The flag. It is a replica flag showing off the logo of the SS, an evil and despicable section of the German war machine during world war 2. These forces were responsible for atrocities that can never be forgiven or forgotten.
Those words on the bottom of the post. “lol jokes we entnically cleansed a village” this may of been a joke but it went to far, these are airsofters joking about cleansing a village, a play on words from what the SS actually did during world war 2.
So where does this leave us?
This post was and is disgusting and has caused so much offense through out the airsoft community, I can go onto many different airsoft pages on Facebook and find this photo and lots of posts from other players sharing there horror and anger to these individuals. I have very few issues with SS uniforms being used in reenactments as these events are used to show people a small part of what actually happened during the war, those that do not learn for histories mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
On the airsoft field again I have no issues with people dressing up as the Wehrmacht, the German army. Just obviously keep the offensive patches at home. This image is a slap in the face to all airsofters and those brave men and women who served during the wars.
If I was these individuals in the photo I would sell my kit and hand in my armbands, they are going to be in for a hard time when other airsofters figure out who they are. Oh and if you are going to say don’t worry there faces are blurred out don’t worry I have heard of a photo where there faces are not blurred out.
I hope I have not offended anyone with this blog, I will be going back to normal blogs in the future.