Oliver Stone Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Remarks
By PopEater Staff Posted Jul 27th 2010 08:17AM
The director has always been a magnet for controversy, ranging from skewering George W. Bush on the silver screen while the president stood in office, to being accused of violence fetishization for films like 'Natural Born Killers.'
The latest polarizing remarks came in a Sunday Times of London interview. Promoting documentary 'South of the Border,' Stone said, "Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German Industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support ... Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people." Stone also said "Israel f---ed up United States foreign policy for years."
Before Stone could get to his apology, the American Jewish Committee put out a statement vilifying the 63-year-old director's remarks: "By invoking this grotesque, toxic stereotype, Oliver Stone has outed himself as an anti-Semite," executive director David Harris wrote. "For all of Stone's progressive pretensions, his remark is no different from one of the drunken, Jew-hating rants of his fellow Hollywood celebrity, Mel Gibson."
After Stone's apology, the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants accepted Stone's apology, with warily. "Whether he acted out of sincerity or as a desperate response to the moral outcry at his comments is an open question. He must be judged by his future words and deeds," the statement read.
Oliver Stone spoke with PopEater last month.
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