‘Nazi Sympathizer Next Door’ Loses Job After NYT’s Profile

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The profile, which follows white supremacist Tony Hovater through his quaint Midwest life, has come under fire for normalizing Nazism.

UPDATE: Tony Hovater, 29, the Nazi sympathizer profiled by The New York Times has just lost his job.

After he, his wife, Maria, and her brother were the subject of a New York Times article, they all lost their jobs at 571 Grill and Draft House, where Hovater worked as a part-time cook.

While the original article did not mention his place of work, many people learned that that’s where he worked and started calling the establishment and leaving the business online messages. Because of the threats the restaurant received, the manager said, Hovater allegedly “suggested that we release him from employment.”

When talking to the newspaper about his situation, Hovater said he was "canned," and that he and his family were moving for safety reasons.

On social media, some users were not surprised, claiming that this was the natural consequence of being ousted as a Nazi sympathizer.

Others weren't sure the outcome was warranted.

Regardless of what people think of what eventually happened to Hovater, it should have been obvious to him that he would be under the spotlight after agreeing to talk to The New York Times. Now, he needs to face the music.


The New York Times recently published a revelatory and rather amiable profile of a young man from Ohio, Tony Hovater.

The profile, literally titled “In America’s Heartland, the Nazi Sympathizer Next Door,” follows Hovater through his rather quaint life in the Midwest — including flashbacks of his courtship with his wife, Maria, and their eventual marriage attended by her best friends and his family. Readers, however, felt the profile downplayed a critical aspect of Hovater’s life: He is not only a white supremacist but also an avowed fan of Adolf Hitler.

Here is an excerpt from the piece:

“He is the Nazi sympathizer next door, polite and low-key at a time the old boundaries of accepted political activity can seem alarmingly in flux. Most Americans would be disgusted and baffled by his casually approving remarks about Hitler, disdain for democracy and belief that the races are better off separate. But his tattoos are innocuous pop-culture references: a slice of cherry pie adorns one arm, a homage to the TV show ‘Twin Peaks.’ He says he prefers to spread the gospel of white nationalism with satire. He is a big ‘Seinfeld’ fan.”

Seriously, are we trying to normalize Nazism now?

The profile also admiringly talked of Hovater’s ability to maintain composure in these politically-charged times. In reality, Hovater has little to be angry about, considering he does not worry his family will be deported from the country they call home or banned from entering it.

Moreover, the profile also talked of the horrors of being a Nazi in the United States.

During his wedding, the man who believes “races should be separate” was afraid Antifa, an anti-fascist organization fighting neo-Nazis, might show up to ruin the event. Thankfully, the bigot confessed President Donald Trump had placated most of his fears as his administration has carved a safe space for him.

With all the criticism coming his way, writer Richard Fausset attempted to do some damage control and published another piece, where he accepted his profile did not answer the question he had set out to ask.

“Why did this man — intelligent, socially adroit and raised middle class amid the relatively well-integrated environments of United States military bases — gravitate toward the furthest extremes of American political discourse?” he wrote.

Here is an idea. How about we all accept in a country built on genocide and racial apartheid, white supremacy is so embedded, it only takes a bigoted leader for people to accept their latent racism. Minorities are only OK as long as they do not stand up for their rights or demand equality.

 

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