Kansas Bowling, the 21 year old proclaimed “feminist slasher film” director of The B.C Butcher, posted the picture below on her personal instagram on February 26th.
The photo is tagged at the Charles Mansion, a party house in LA occupied by Bowling and her friends.
Here are some of the comments on the photo:
One follow claims that Kansas IS Anne Frank, leaving no other context for their reasoning. The comment is liked twice, by Kansas and her sister, Parker. Of course, it’s hard to identify the reasoning behind Kanas’ post and her logic towards Anne Frank, especially when her caption to the post is only “New Decor” and her comments following reveal little, besides the one comment by thepartridgeinthepeartree who writes that she could be referring to a lyric for the Grateful Dead. Kansas replied to the comment, saying the user should visit her at the Charles Mansion, leading us to believe the reply is either correct or at least sparked interest in Kansas.
The post and its comments show 1. the relevance of Anne Frank in our culture still, and 2. the ways pop culture uses Holocaust memory in its own forms, and in this case, the negative ways. I think most people will agree that this post isn’t in memory of Anne and her struggles, but rather a sort of odd joke to the clean and respectable nature of Anne Frank that we have, paired next to a young girl in a crop top at a party house in LA. To be honest, its hard to look at this post and come up with something to say other than, “why?”
I messaged Kansas and asked her her reasoning for the post and her knowledge about Anne Frank, but she never replied.