This is what I get for missing a week of Language Log. Bill Poser says what I've been thinking about the incident of Prince Harry wearing a Nazi uniform to a costume party but never got around to posting. What was the problem supposed to be?
When a couple come to a party as Bonnie and Clyde, does anyone think that they approve of bank robbery? When someone dresses as a pirate, is that taken to show approval of piracy? Of course not. Wearing a costume does not indicate approval.
Now I didn't gather from the criticisms that they thought Harry was endorsing Nazism. I couldn't figure out what else the complaint was supposed to be, though. Is it that he reminded people of it and therefore offended them? History books should be banned, then. But that was the way the people I heard talking about it sounded, as if bringing that uniform with its insignia out into the open was insensitive. Why else would he need sensitivity training afterward? I just couldn't think of any accusation against him that would both apply to him and show why what he did was wrong.