A former MTV personality sparked an angry backlash after appearing in Nazi gear in a photo posted on her Facebook page and calling Hitler a "special and sweet kid," the New York Daily News reports.
Tila Tequila, 32, described in the story as a "shock-savoring former MTV star," later deleted the photo, which depicts her in front of Auschwitz wearing a swastika armband and Nazi uniform hat, the report notes.
"In a related post Monday evening, the ex-MySpace queen described Hitler as a ‘special and sweet kid’ who was rejected by art schools and later ‘bullied,’” the story reports. "She drew comparisons to her own life, saying she felt ‘mocked’ and ‘rejected’ when she tried to convert to Judaism in recent years."
In a subsequent post, Tequila appeared to address the backlash, writing: “I never said I hated anyone, but just because I feel sympathy, compassion, and forgiveness for others such as Hitler means I am now a monster? All for trying to open your eyes to the truth that Hitler was NOT as bad as he was painted out to be?”
Tequila is known for her appearances in men’s magazines such as Maxim and Penthouse, and for a variety of TV roles including hosting Fuse TV’s "Pants-Off Dance-Off." She was featured for two seasons on the MTV reality show "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila."
"The ‘Shot at Love’ alum also rambled that ‘Fast & Furious’ star Paul Walker’s recent fatal car crash was a ‘ritualistic murder’ and that other unidentified forces murdered her ‘wife’ Casey Johnson, the late daughter of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson," the story reports.
Tequila’s social media activity prompted a number of negative responses. One example cited in the story came from New Yorker Hannah Vilinsky, who wrote in Facebook comments: “Seriously what is wrong with you? I used to enjoy your reality TV shows on VH1, I am Jewish and a product of Holocaust survivors. How can you sympathize with Hitler? He killed 6 million Jews and millions of others. How can you sympathize with someone who killed innocent people based on ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or disabilities?”
Vilinisky added: “It scares me that you have 1.9 million likes on your Facebook page and post pictures that promote hatred and genocide. Bad PR to say the least."