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Francis Slay: Hitler Video Meme (That Implies Mayor is Gay) Promoted By Lewis Reed Backers

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Update, 12:00 p.m: Mayoral Candidate Lewis Reed has weighed in on the Hitler meme video being promoted this week by opponents of Francis Slay. The footage, on view below, pokes fun at the mayor and his senior staff over a wide range of issues.

"I personally found this video to be offensive and I call on whoever produced it to take it down. These kinds of things don't help bring our city together or bring the kind of change we are looking to bring on Tuesday, March 5th," Reed says in a statement to Daily RFT. "But our campaign shouldn't be held responsible for every offensive film, YouTube video, or Facebook comment produced by someone angry with Francis Slay and his record. We are focused on winning Tuesday's election and beginning the long work of healing our city's racial, geographic, and economic divisions."

Continue for our earlier coverage.

Original post, 6 a.m: This is a new one.

Supporters of Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen running against long-time Mayor Francis Slay, are passing around a bizarre video this week that presents the mayor and his team as Hitler and the Nazis. It's a take on a popular Hitler video meme that has been floating around for quite some time, in which folks parody a dramatic World War II scene with current events.

"It's clever and well done," Lizz Brown, radio host and Reed supporter, tells Daily RFT. "It's amusing."

Brown plans to reference the video on her show this morning -- though she says she will leave out one part toward the end that she doesn't like.

It's a section that implies Slay is gay and has "impure thoughts" about his chief of staff.

Here's the footage, with the title Secret StL Mayor Glay Campaign Meeting:

The video, uploaded on Friday, has been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, mostly shared by Reed supporters -- just a week before the primary election. It comes from an account called "Renegades For Reed," and uses slightly misspelled versions of Slay's staff.

It hits on some of the central talking points of the Reed camp in the final weeks of the race, including the Slay administration's controversy over a water contract (the topic of our recent cover story), a labor dispute last week regarding a now retracted document and disputes about crime statistics.

Then, the video says the mayor is having an affair and has "carnal thoughts" about his male chief of staff -- which has definitely not been a part of the official Reed campaign platform.

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Continue for response from the Reed and Slay campaigns.


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akhabbb
akhabbb

air enough. While I think it had at least some satirical value, it's always best to take the high road when it comes to potentially offending people in our comm

samtlevin
samtlevin editor

If you made this video, we'd like to know what you think of its response (we can keep your anonymity). Sam.Levin [at] Riverfronttimes.com 

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Man, I never knew Slay killed all those Jews. I should have not played with my penis during history class, I guess--my bad! Learn something new on the Internet every day.

johnson_wa
johnson_wa

Just read that Lewis Reed condemned the video on the grounds that it could be offensive. Fair enough. While I think it had at least some satirical value, it's always best to take the high road when it comes to potentially offending people in our community. Good decision!

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

This is such a stupid mayor's race. We really deserve better from both candidates. We can't hold them accountable for what their supporters do. There is video evidence of Slay supporters stealing Reed signs. I won't hold that against Slay. But their lack of specifics and inability to answer some important questions is ridiculous.

Angelo Olegna
Angelo Olegna

This is such a stupid mayor's race. We really deserve better from both candidates. We can't hold them accountable for what their supporters do. There is video evidence of Slay supporters stealing Reed signs. I won't hold that against Slay. But their lack of specifics and inability to answer some important questions is ridiculous.

Tim Wheatley
Tim Wheatley

Reed has appeared in St Louis Gay Local Publication "Vital Voice" he is not homophobic...Slay on the other hand is corrupt on many levels and has done MUCH damage in race relations in this city.

johnson_wa
johnson_wa

Like many of us, I've seen this meme in various versions over the last year, usually having fun with something in the workplace. Some better than others. Irreverent? Sure, but this one in particular, portraying the mayor as the frustrated dictator in his final days, satirically just seems to work.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

Reed is not only a racist but homophobic as well...Mayor Slay has my full support and vote... all that mudslinging and HATE that Reed spews

Ejrin Hodzic
Ejrin Hodzic

Whaaat? Just because he comes to every gay pride does not mean he is gay! I WOULD STILL VOTE FOR HIM!

Nicholas Frisella
Nicholas Frisella

So Reed supports black workers but not gays? That's pretty much all I got out of that old and played out meme. I also find it amusing that a Reed supporter is using the meme for her propaganda but will leave out the "offensive" part.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

When you cannot win on the issues, resort to personal attacks.

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