Oliver Stone apologizes for remarks about Jews, Holocaust
Oliver Stone is now backpedaling after several less-than-kosher statements he made about Jews, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin in an interview that ran in the Sunday Times of London over the weekend. This may take some time to parse out, so get your sliderules ready.
While discussing his new documentary South of the Border, which discusses U.S. foreign policy in South America and is a bit cozy with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Bolivian President Evo Morales, he just so happened to note that "Jewish domination of the media" was the reason the Holocaust gets all the attention after World War II, and not the deaths of up to 30 million Russians at the hands of the Nazis.
"There's a major lobby in the United States," Stone said about the Jews. "They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f---ed up United States foreign policy for years."
But wait, he had more to say about Hitler in the interview: "Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support."
Of course, this is after he had expounded on the subject to a panel of critics on Saturday about a 10-hour TV special he's making called Oliver Stone's Secret History of America, NBC reports.
"Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply," Stone told the Television Critics Association. "We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good.' (Hitler) is the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect. People in America don't know the connection between WWI and WWII. … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated.”
And his nemesis Stalin, who tried to match Adolf by killing 20 million of his fellow citizens, Stone added, "Stalin has a complete other story. Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any person."
If you're still reading, we'll finally get to the apology:
"In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret," he said in a statement. "Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry. The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity -- and it was an atrocity."
It must be hard to dictate a statement to your assistant with a foot lodged that far in your mouth.
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