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Oliver Stone has apologized for his anti-Semitic rant, but is the damage already done?

Oliver_stone It's such a quintessentially American thing to do that I'm surprised that someone hasn't already engraved it on our $20 bills: If you shoot off your mouth and hurl stupid insults at innocent people, the best thing to do is to apologize as quickly as possible. It's why Oliver Stone isn't going to become Mel Gibson, even though Stone's crackpot remarks about the "Jewish domination of the media" and the Holocaust sounded just as bad as anything Gibson said in his infamous drunken rant about the Jews after he was picked up by Malibu police for drunken driving.

I know this is going to be portrayed as yet another example of the terrible double standard in Hollywood, where lefties can say whatever they want and get away with it while conservatives are pilloried and symbolically burned at the stake. Or as Big Hollywood's John Nolte so succinctly put it: "Don’t expect Oliver Stone to get the Mel Gibson treatment. Gibson’s sin against Hollywood was producing 'The Passion of the Christ,' not the vile things that came out of his mouth. After all, this is the same industry that honors, continues to work with, and defends fugitive child rapist Roman Polanski. As long as your politics are in order, no 'Jewish domination of the media' comments can hurt you."

That's the right wing mantra about the way the media handles these outbursts, which is filled with some considerable irony, since Big Hollywood is run by Andrew Breitbart, the mischievous conservative bomb thrower who ignited the Shirley Sherrod media conflagration last week by putting up an edited tape of a speech she'd given, which made it appear that she was a racist. Of course, when seen in its entirety, the tape showed the exact opposite. By then, Sherrod had been forced to resign. After the unedited tape surfaced, Sherrod was deluged with contrite apologies from everyone from the White House, the NAACP and the Secretary of Agriculture to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who'd been among the first to call for her firing.

So where does this leave Oliver Stone? First off, unlike Gibson, who took forever to issue a weak apology for his anti-Semitic rant -- and still hasn't apologized for more recent racist, misogynistic ravings reported to have been made to the mother of his young child -- Stone issued a quick, forceful apology. He said very clearly that "Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry," adding that the Holocaust was indeed an "atrocity." Has he really changed his views overnight? Perhaps not. But sincerity is hard to measure, especially in show business.

I don't know how it works anywhere else, but in America, if you apologize with speed and sincerity, people forgive you. They may not forget, but they'll forgive. Jews have long memories, so even a haphazard Jew like myself can easily call to mind Henry Ford, David Dukes, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and all the other infamous anti-Semites who've never done much in the way of apologizing for their vile words.

The conservative argument about Hollywood's double standard toward Gibson versus Stone is full of holes, the biggest one being that until Gibson went off into the wackosphere with his latest rant, he'd been quietly accepted back into polite Hollywood society. When his longtime agent Ed Limato's agency merged with the agency run by Ari Emanuel, who'd loudly said that Gibson should be shunned by one and all, Emanuel happily received Gibson as an agency client rather than risk Limato leaving with all his other top stars. No one in the supposedly liberal media criticized Emanuel for accepting Gibson with open arms. And hardly anyone in the showbiz press bothered to dredge up Gibson's past offenses when he was out promoting "Edge of Darkness" earlier this year. Forgiveness was in the air. It was only when Gibson went off of a new rampage, adding blacks and women to his hit list, that he officially became a Hollywood pariah.

I suspect that when Stone is out promoting "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" this September that he'll occasionally be required to issue a few more mea culpas. But not often. After all the crazy things Stone has said through the years, from signing a petition that compared Germany's treatment of Scientologists to the Nazi's oppression of the Jews to his unabashed embrace of tinhorn Latin American dictators like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, it takes a lot for people to get worked up over his latest foot-in-mouth antics.

Of course, for a filmmaker to make dark insinuations about a Jewish media cabal is sort of like a Republican officeholder advocating tax increases -- it can get you into a whale of trouble, even if, as this wry Jewish Journal post points out, it's not considered out of bounds for Jewish filmmakers to josh among themselves about the decline in Jewish domination of the film industry. If Stone were a comedian, he'd be able to push the envelope oh, so much further, since comics can get away with all sorts of outlandish, politically incorrect remarks without provoking a hailstorm of criticism. I guess if there is any lesson here, it's that Stone is a lot better off in American than in his beloved Venezuela, Cuba or Iran, where artists have languished in prison for years for making remarks far less rude than what Stone had to say about the Jews. Stone is a free man, which I suspect means that he'll saying something crazy again any day now.   

Photo: Oliver Stone at the British premiere of his film "South of the Border." Credit: Max Nash / AFP/Getty Images


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Does anyone else notice his strong resemblance to Hitler himself? Especially with that moustache.
Why say it if you already know you will apologize for it afterward? Ah, the spin of course!

Geez, Mr. Goldstein... just because you dismiss Stone's t remarks about the "Jewish domination of the media" as "crackpot" doesn't mean that it isn't so...

This is news?

If a newspaper has the audacity to print something that Jews consider "anti-semitic," it soon finds that its advertising revenue decreases. Why? Because Jews act as a block and as a block they have power. Right or wrong, that's the way of the world. Other minorities have not been able to get together enough to exercise that power but Jews have. Consider how they influence the American government by using the same tactic, that is, by voting as a block.

@J. Galt

****What has happened to the evil Germans?****

You mean Germany the EU's richest country?

****What has happened to those who supported Israel?*****

You mean the US which gets attacked by terrorists because of our support?

Great questions.

What has Stone said that is not correct?

Jews exert too much influence on the media and debate- this is fact not worth debating. Talk to any 'honest' newspaper Editor or politician in America who has retired and you'll confirm this.

Also, many more non-Jews died than Jews at the hands of Hitler. Unfortunately, Jewish groups and right-wing Zionist Christians love to keep the Holocaust alive and 'front and centre'- ensures aid for the Israeli welfare state. Heck, 8 million Muslims died in the partition of India and Pakistan yet you never hear about that!

It's not hard to see the double standard. The liberal media can't wait to bury this story. So Oliver Stone apologized,... nothing more to see here. "GO AWAY". Yeah right!!!

"Stone's crackpot remarks about the 'Jewish domination of the media' and the Holocaust sounded just as bad as anything Gibson said in his infamous drunken rant about the Jews after he was picked up by Malibu police for drunken driving."

Since when is accusing an ethnic group of exerting dominance over a certain aspect of contemporary media "just as bad" as blaming them for all the wars in history? Are we so hypersensitive a culture that we can't tell the difference between between someone a little to eager too make an unorthodox political statement and someone who's actually fundamentally (pun intended) deranged?

I don't see any racism/anti-semitism in what Stone said. He expressed an that Hitler did more damage to Russia than to Jews...If you dont agree you can debate it, present facts and try to refute it.
He also said jews dominate the media..if you dont agree with that you can produce facts showing how many media CEO, chairmen, TV anchors etc. are or are not Jewish and you can try to refute the claim.

The media claim can be checked out here:

But the knee-jerk reaction was to smear the man as an anti-semite for expressing sensible viewpoints, make him shut up, and apologizing for having opinions.

OK. Let me get this straight. A Jew, Oliver Stone, says that Jews control the media and a Jew, Patrick Goldstein, writing for the Los Angeles Times, a paper published by a Jew, Eddy Hartenstein, and owned by the Tribune Company whose board of directors is chaired by a Jew, Sam Zell and whose CEO is a Jew, Randy Michaels, tells us - while referencing the owner of the Big Hollywood media outlet, a Jew, Andrew Brietbart, a perverted, child-molesting, and extremely influential filmmaker Jew, Roman Polanski, and the head of Hollwood's most powerful talent agency, a Jew, Ari Emanuel - that it isn't true.

And he also wants us to believe that Stone won't be given the Mel Gibson treatment because he apologized quickly. No, Mr. Goldstein, he won't be pilloried because he's a Jew and Mel isn't and the Jews that control the media won't bother to try to destroy one of their own for saying something that - although they hate for it to be said in public - they all know is true.

Man, I'm reading this from my home in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, and I'm now convinced from reading these vomit-stained, hate-filled comments that maybe we're not as intellectually inferior here in the great Midwest as you nice sun-tanned, pampered Californians would like to think.

Did someone on here say Robert Redford is Jewish? Think you better double-check that one buddy. I guess when people say the Jews control the media they're forgetting about Ted Turner. Or, how about Rupert Murdoch? Or, how about the fact that most Hollywood stars have sided with the Palestinian cause rather than defend Israel? The only Hollywood voices I hear on the issue are those evil Jews Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Oliver Stone. Oh, and I'm sure that other kvetching Yid Mel Gibson has something to say about Israel, too.

By the way, since when is it so horrible for a minority or ethnic group to have a knack for something in this country? Wanna tell that to Irish cops/firefighters? How about all those Waspy politicians controlling Congress? Oh, and let's not forget those evil blacks who control the NBA and are indoctrinating our precious children with that nasty hip-hop music during the games.

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