After he appeared at Halloween weekend dressed as Adolf Hitler, a Wisconsin man with cognitive impairments was fired by the Madison Children’s Museum.
According to the museum, the individual who donned the outfit on a popular roadway close to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on Saturday thought he was mocking the leader of the Nazi Party.
After his outfit was criticized on social media and by other media sites, including the Jerusalem Post, he was fired on Tuesday night.
The statement said the man’s costume was “completely unacceptable” and that the museum stands against antisemitism, bigotry, and discrimination.
The museum said in a statement that it fired the man because it “determined that his continued employment would create an environment at odds with our values and unwelcoming to visitors and staff.”
The individual, according to the museum, has cognitive impairments brought on by a catastrophic brain injury, and his work over the past ten years has been closely supervised.
The statement read, “It is our belief that he considered his outfit to be ridiculing Hitler.”
The outfit was described as “offensive and reprehensible” by the Madison Police Department, although wearing it was not considered a crime.
According to the police, they informed the man about the issues his costume brought up.
According to the woman who gave birth to the man, her family requests privacy as they consult with experts on “this sensitive topic.”
Deborah Gilpin, president and CEO of the museum, did not promptly respond to a Wednesday follow-up message from the Associated Press seeking more information.
UW Hillel, a club that serves more than 4,000 Jewish students at the university, condemned the costume, stating “our community cannot tolerate for this behavior.”
StopAntisemitism, a website that tracks antisemitic incidents, called the man’s costume “nauseating.”