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

"I'm not gonna say that on my show," Brown says of the mention of "impure" thoughts. "I don't like it... I find it a little creepy and I don't think it's funny.... I think it's kinda mean."

The first part of the film, however, is funny and does touch upon some of her concerns with the mayor, says Brown, who has been active in support of Reed and who posted the video on her Facebook page yesterday.

"It speaks to something that's kind of largely unsaid...how the Slay administration runs city government with a 'my way or the highway' [approach]," she says. "So it's amusing to see it in that framework."

And she likes that it introduces all the key players, without directly naming them.

"The fact they didn't say his name...it gives us room to laugh," she says.

Richard Callow, Slay's campaign manger, writes to Daily RFT in a statement: "If playing the race card doesn't work, go straight to Hitler." (The Slay campaign earlier this month slammed a Reed supporter for passing around a flyer that depicted the mayor as a slaveowner and his black backers as his slaves).

And Glenn Burleigh, campaign manager for Reed, points out that it doesn't come from them.

"It is in no way produced by the campaign," he says, but adds, "The angry Hitler meme has been going around the internet for well over around a year at this point.... It's not made by our campaign. I guess a supporter made it and spread it around Facebook."

But, he adds, "Satire is a very important part of politics...whether it be through cartoons or other forms.... It's a goofy, funny way...that is popular now, but they are talking about real issues."

The video was mentioned on a Ladies for Lewis (Reed for Mayor) Facebook page, but it appears to have since been deleted. Here's a screengrab:

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That page is run by volunteers, Burleigh notes.

"I don't know who made it," he adds of the video, saying that several people have sent it his way.

Below are some more screengrabs from the footage:

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All images via YouTube

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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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