Photo: Simon Wiesenthal Center
Chulalonkgorn Dean of Fine and Applied Arts Faculty Associate Professor Supakorn Dispan apologized to the public yesterday for the benightedness of his students for putting up a superhero-inspired graduation mural that also featured the visage of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
The apology followed a comment made on July 12 by an official at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US-based Jewish human rights organization. The Center framed its commentary with the headline, “Wiesenthal Center outraged and disgusted by the silence of University’s Elite.”
The Center accompanied its writing with a photo of a fresh graduate doing a “Seig Heil” salute, a gesture of greeting in Nazi Germany, in front of the mural.
After talking with the faculty’s student committee, Supakorn revealed that the main message behind the mural was that there were both good and bad superheroes. The dean reiterated that he did not agree with the message and would talk with the freshman who was responsible for the public display, Khaosod reported.