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French Editors Think Harvey Victims Are Nazis. They're Wrong

Charlie Hebdo Cover

Houston -- which received the brunt of the storm's damage -- elected a lesbian mayor and voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton; actions not usually associated with Nazis.

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The French magazine Charlie Hebdo is known for its provocative covers, but its most recent one is entirely reductive.

The magazine depicts Nazi flags and people giving the Nazi salute being overwhelmed by water, while a cover line translates to "God exists! He drowned all the neo-Nazis of Texas."

No one expects Charlie Hebdo to be sensitive -- it's faced enormous consequences for mocking Muhammad and recently featured an image of British Prime Minister Theresa May decapitated -- but the cover simply doesn't make sense. America's fourth-largest city, Houston would be a progressive place by most standards.

Out lesbian Annise Parker was elected mayor in 2009 and reelected twice. Harris County -- in which Houston is located, and the epicenter of Hurricane Harvey -- overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton, not a typical favorite of Nazis. Not only did Harris County go blue in 2016, it went blue by a much wider margin than in the 2012 election. Plus local progressive candidates were elected, and "Democrats shored up their lead in the fight for the typically purple county with Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump by more than 160,000 votes -- up from the 971 votes with which Obama took the county in 2012," according to The Texas Tribune.

Houston did repeal an LGBT rights ordinance back in 2015, but that was after religious leaders used lies and propaganda like this:

Texas as a whole only went for Donald Trump by 52.6 percent -- not a ringing endorsement. We'd also be remiss not to mention this: As problematic as it is to vote for Donald Trump, it does not automatically mean one is a Nazi or in favor of sending minorities to concentration camps.

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Neal Broverman

Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.