Great discussion here in comments of bigotry in Eastern Europe, much by people who have lived there.   All prompted by Nazi salutes at soccer matches in the Ukraine, I think, not Poland as Coates initially thought.

Commenter  Monte Davis says:

Also, never underestimate the appeal, for teens and [generic] rednecks everywhere, of celebrating/emulating whatever will most affront your parents and the respectable consensus. Some of those football fans in Kharkiv may be neo-fascists or potential recruits, but I suspect the simple thrill of the forbidden plays a bigger part.

I think there's more to a "thrill" to this forbidden.  I think it's a way for people to experience their power:  "I said/did this taboo thing and nobody stopped me."
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