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High schoolers in hot water over a drinking game called ‘Jews vs. Nazis’
In case you were in any doubt that elaborate drinking games are a pastime enjoyed by historically insensitive goons, yes, “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong is a real thing. It’s just like normal beer pong, except the cups are set in a slightly different configuration. Beautiful, really:
“This is what we play at parties. Jews vs. Nazis” -Cape Coral HS pic.twitter.com/ol8FcztcjQ
— HighSchoolConfession (@HSConfessionaI) April 27, 2014
Because this @HSConfessional post was retweeted and favorited thousands of times, we may now have a full-blown moral panic on our hands—even if the rabbi interviewed in this TV news segment declines to express shock, describing the game’s fans as “immature, with no ill intent.”
Indeed, “becoming an issue” is putting it strongly when it comes to “Jews vs. Nazis,” a sport whose existence is well-documented on social media going back to at least 2011.
Photo: Beer Pong . Awesome game . Jews vs. Nazis . 30 cups vs 30 cups . Great night . (Taken with instagram) http://t.co/rVaL6Sxk
— Papi M. Sloth (@Pure_Nonsense) November 7, 2011
— Jack White (@Good_oleCletus) December 29, 2012
— Aaron Smith (@AaronSmiiith) May 3, 2014
This is what we do on Saturday afternoons. Nazis vs Jews beer pong: pic.twitter.com/fbMUrM5Wqp
— Eric Engblom (@EEngblom21) January 25, 2014
Jews vs Nazis? pic.twitter.com/eSgG2T44H2
— Froggy (@nathangroff) August 13, 2013
Shout out to Matisse winning Jews vs nazis beer pong for the team @mdang6 pic.twitter.com/SBW32bXp2n
— Daniel Jovinelli (@DJovinelli) November 9, 2013
The photo causing the current uproar, incidentally, is well over a year old.
This Nazis Vs. Jews battle looks a lot more fun than the one 60 years ago… pic.twitter.com/DjRrxlTJBU
— Mentality Mag (@MentalityMag) March 14, 2013
So: is this a new, dangerous, anti-Semitic (or pro-Nazi) trend? No, just a dumb old one that hasn’t yet died out. Until it does, be thankful your kids are getting trashed on good old-fashioned beer instead of attending pharming parties, choking each other for fun, or taking part in whatever teen phenomenon the media is overreporting (if not manufacturing) of late.
Also: Go Jews!
Photo via @AaronSmiith/Twitter
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'