Originally posted by Cleanup
Odd. When browsing the forum, the topic of this skin was blank for some reason, so there was a big white box in the Winamp site, forcing me to click "Go to First New Post" to read this.
Yes, the Swatstika flag is offensive to many people, because putting it on a Winamp skin is like promoting anti-Semitism.
[spontaneous off topic rant]
I hate it how people have begun to equate the mass of Nazi ideology and the mass of Nazi inflicted damage with anti-Semtism! Jews were just a part of those targeted by the Nazis. On Hitler's scale of humanity (where Aryans were at the top), Jews were on the bottom together with Gypsies (the Roma people) and Blacks, followed by Slavs, Czechs (even though they are Slavs),Latinos, etc.. Far more Slavs died in the concentration camps than did Jews, and almost as many Gypsies. Yet while almost no one remembers about all those Gypsies, the Jews have now even got their own word - anti-semitism - almost as if racism towards Jews was different or worse than any other kind of racism. And it's a stupid word anyway, as "Semitic" refers to a broad ethnic group, of which both Jews and Arabs are members. So, actually, many Isreali Jews could be called anti-semitic.
Sorry for the totally unexpected outburst here, but the most sacred truth about possibly the most horrific part of history is that we do not forget it, and that we do not distort it. Yet the way it is now heading, with more and more people taking their knowledge of those events predominantly from sources like Hollywood, the perception of the second world war by mainstream society is going to be totally skewed in just one more generation. It deeply disturbs me when I read seemingly innocent misportrayals of the truth like the one above. Not having a go at you, Cleanup, but I am saying: please realise that the Jews were only one part of the Second World War. There were many other parts that are becoming more and more forgotten with every time that someone writes something like what you wrote.
anyway, the swastika ("mirrored" or "unmirrored") was used in many cultures, but as far as I'm concerned, it's not really a Nazi symbol unless it's black, in a white circle on a red background.
As a Pole, I find it kind of almost amusing how so many Westerners get so touchy about the swastika, yet the Communist hammer-and-sickle is now so fashionable, appearing on TV ads, t-shirts, drink bottles, etc. The Communists (in the Lenin/Stalin eras) were just as bad as the Nazis, had a similar agenda, were responsible for a comparable number of atrocities (including genocidal ones), and ultimately a comparable number of murders.
I find the hammer and sickle at least as offensive as the swastika, actually. I even punched a guy in the face as a result of him wearing one a hammer and sickle on his (furry, Russian-style) hat once (and I'm not usually a violent person). Nowadays I have a much milder reaction to it, realising that many people don't realise the extent of what it represents, probably associating it with James Bond movies more than anything else. Incidentally, it has been allowed onto Winamp.com at least once, and I doubt many of the staff, if any, would see any harm in that, even if they would see something wrong about including a swastika.