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With Hitler remarks, Oliver Stone provokes, then apologizes

July 26, 2010 |  6:39 pm

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On Sunday, Oliver Stone once more caused a firestorm with remarks about Hitler.

In an interview with the paper's Camilla Long promoting his pro-leftist South American doc "South of the Border," he reportedly said that it was “Jewish domination of the media" that kept the Nazi leader as a villain, noting that in point of fact that there were other forces that should be apportioned a lot more of the blame for World War II deaths.

"Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support," the director reportedly said.

Stone went on to suggest that the power of pro-Israel lobby AIPAC was the reason why foreign-policy coverage looked the way it did. “They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has ... up United States foreign policy for years,” Stone reportedly said. (The story is behind the Sunday Times' paywall.)

Jewish groups quickly condemned the director — Anti-Defamation League watchdog  Abraham Foxman noted that Stone's comments "conjure up some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and influence" — and on Monday, Stone went into apology mode.

"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.  Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry," he said.

Stone continued, "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."

This particular controversy isn't entirely new  for Stone — in January, while promoting his Showtime program "Secret History of America," he said that Hitler was an "easy scapegoat" — prompting many of his critics to say that the director's theories about American international relations go deeper than his favored topic of leftist politics in the latter half of the 20th century.

We'd actually interviewed Stone for "South of the Border" a few weeks ago, and while he didn't make anything resembling these eyebrow-raisers, he had a similar kind of off-the-cuff bombast. At one point in the interview, he suggested that the reason the New York Times had covered Hugo Chavez in the way that it had did lay with a closet racism — prompting one of his representatives to get on the phone afterward and ask that the on-the-record comment not be printed.

Part of the point of sending out Oliver Stone to promote a film is, of course, to catch attention for it. But shock-publicity is a double-edged sword, and sometimes it cuts the other way.

"South of the Border" is already a niche play. With these comments, a lot more people have now surely heard of it, though we're not sure that means anyone new will see it.

— Steven Zeitchik

http://twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

Photo: Oliver Stone with Hugo Chavez. Credit: Cinema Libre Studio.

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This guy who is dilusional and inflamatory and should be admonished by the acadamy and all future movie goers Marc

Oliver Stone is a complete nutter and the horror of Nazis were well covered by the Nazis' own paperwork. I knew a vet that helped free a death camp during WWII and it was a horrific scene. Oliver Stone should be lucky enough to be thrown in a political prison by his buddies Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro when one of their people don't agree with those monsters. Maybe he'll learn what a monster does to their own people for power and money. Better yet, never be heard saying such stupid things. His apology is fake, since leftist socialists have rarely found a dictator that they don't support even if they have killed millions.

This guy just drips stupid

He reportedly said that it was “Jewish domination of the media" that kept the Nazi leader as a villain.
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I read The Sunday Times interview, and Stone didn't suggest that Hitler wasn't a villain at all. Give me a break.

This is what is in The Sunday Times piece:
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The 10-part documentary will address Stalin and Hitler “in context”, he says. “Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”

He also seeks to put his atrocities in proportion: “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30m.”

Why such a focus on the Holocaust then? “The Jewish domination of the media,” he says. “There’s a major lobby in the United States. They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has *beep* up United States foreign policy for years.”
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What you said is misleading, and it's a far cry from saying Hitler wasn't a villain.

Whatever objections one had to Oliver Stone's remarks, it should be apparent that his being forced to apologize for offending Jewish sensibilities only validated what he had to say about who controls the media and Hollywood. At least, he was not reduced to tears as was Marlon Brando who once was forced to repent for having criticized Hollywood's Jews for their depiction of racial stereotypes in their movies, and as was Rev. Billy Graham when it was revealed that he had told Pres. Nixon that should he be re-elected he should break "the Jewish stranglehold of the media."

German Jews had acquire disproportionate media, financial and political control in Hitler's Germany, just as they have now in the United States. This was exploited to their great detriment in Germany. AIPAC's continuing denial and suppression of their achievements here demean itself, Jews everywhere, and cannot succeed. What is needed now? Truth, comfortable recognition and acceptance in the United States.

Let us put Hitler in "context". He was a genocidal lunatic who killed six million Jews and countless others! While we are at it, let us put Stone in context. He is a left-wing nut case bent on portraying America as an aggressive evil empire! It took awhile, but he finally got around to the old leftist fall back position of anti-semantic, ant-Israel rhetoric. i.e., it is all the Jews fault. Had he been around when Hitler was alive I imagine they would have gotten on well

Oliver Stone and Mel Gibson. One from the Left and one from the Right. Both nutters and they agree that Jews control the world and that the Holocaust is a hoax.

Why am I not surprised?

By "casting" Hitler as a "Frankenstein" and casting others (including America and Great Britain) as "Dr. Frankenstein," Stone's clear implication was that Hitler was less at fault than the forces who allegedly put or kept him in power. Stone's a crank. Why studios continue to greenlight his films is a mystery.

Stone is brilliant and spoke the truth. Too bad he was strong armed into apologizing. ANY criticism of Jews, no matter how truthful, is decried as anti-semitic. It's a shame, progress will never be achieved as long as this continues.

Jews represent less than 1% of the world's population. How could they possibly influence any government outside of Israel?

America provides aid to Israel. Yet, the US sends even more money to the enemies of Israel. How is this not balanced? Should it matter that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and the enemies of Israel are fascist theocracies that deny women and non-Muslims equal rights? Why does this not seem to matter to “Jew-controlled American foreign policy?”

Of course Stone did not mention any specific US policy mandates that are to be blamed on American Jews. Those who engage in contemporary anti-Semitism have no details to offer, just antagonistic statements. This is simply a new twist on the old Nazi propaganda. “Jews are mendacious. They control too much. They own too much. They plan world domination.” Strangely, no one can offer any logical way that less than 1% of the world’s population can gain control over everything.

Israel has been attacked repeatedly in every decade since its inception, in 1948. How would you defend your legal home from suicide bombers and daily rocket attacks? What would you have Israel do, surrender and walk away from their ancestral homeland? Since giving Gaza to Palestinians in 2005, more than 4,000 rockets have been launched from that land into Israeli cities and towns, aimed at defenseless Jewish women and children. And people have the chutzpah to call Israel “aggressive.” The world has become difficult to understand. I’m sure that my family thought the same thing, before they were marched into Nazi gas chambers.

Charles Weinblatt
Author, Jacob’s Courage
http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/

Keep the dream alive folks. We need more and more Holocaust movies, nevermind any of the other tragedies of the 20th century. Sure the Cambodians, Russians, Chinese, Rwandans or any other number of African nations have seen their fair share of catastrophe.......but really who cares? We need to keep producing 10 Holocaust movies for every one that deals with any other tragedy that has happened. That's the only way we can keep constant pressure on the American people to sympathize with any jewish cause they want to put forward.

Mr. Stone is correct. We do control the media.

O, Ollie.. How DARE you feign to forget about MY control over the media, you silly little darling you.

We'll see if I hold that spot on Xenu for you NOW!!

MUA HA HAAA!!!

Oh those Jews. They're so powerful, so powerful. They got 1/3 of themselves exterminated, that's how powerful they are. (bitter sarcasm).

I guess it doesn't matter much that Oliver Stone IS Jewish (or his father is). He's still a brainless anti-Semite for daring to point this out. I honestly can't imagine any other motive a Jewish movie director would have except to shed light on the matter and inform the American public. It's just like Abe Foxman to slander Stone for it, a man who has worked with other groups to get the American government to officially refuse to recognize the Armenian genocide. Foxman would probably refuse to acknowledge the Holodomor as well. Oh well. I know the LA Times is going to hate me for this, but their own young, bright and suicidally idealistic Joel Stein has already addressed Jewish domination in Hollywood. It's not a big deal, but yes, they ARE over-represented in Hollywood and yes, Abe Foxman refuses to acknowledge that. I don't read this and says "Hey! Let's have another Holocaust!", but I honestly do appreciate it when Jewish men like Joel Stein and Oliver Stone are willing to admit to it. If Abe Foxman wonders why people get so paranoid, it's because organizations like his ADL try so hard to suppress the info, rather than being open and honest about it. And, admittedly, I know why Abe Foxman is so paranoid - the Holocaust. No, we should never forget, and it should never happen again. But let's please get a little honesty going on, or at least stop attacking your fellow Jews for admitting such things.
People are entitled to their opinions, even if they are wrong. There are black people who blame everything on blacks, and there are white people who blame everything on whites. Who causes more problems in America - them or the people who think their own race can do no wrong?


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