Denis Dumas, host of an Argentinean TV talent show, said Friday that it was nice to see Jewish performers on the show wearing “numbers on their clothes, not on their skin.” Not surprisingly, that remark didn’t go over well. Dumas has since said the comment was taken out of context—not really sure how context would help—and has apologized.
“It’s perverse to think I could refer to the concentration camps like that,” a tearful Dumas said on camera the same day. She said she had made the remark in reference to an earlier act: A young man with hundreds of body piercings. He wore his designated number directly on his skin, the 34-year-old model/actress said.
“I apologize for those who felt offended by this but it’s strange to apologize for something that I had no intention of saying,” she added.
Argentina was infamous for helping Nazis escape post-war Europe and harboring them. You’d expect them to be a little sensitive about Holocaust references.