Almost exactly four years ago, director/actor Mel Gibson was pulled over by a cop in L.A. on suspicion of driving while three sheets to the wind, an ancient nautical term for being drunk as a skunk.
Mad Mel let loose a memorable, obscene tirade almost as memorable and obscene as his taped conversations with former lover Oksana Grigorieva. Back in 2006, however, the object of his disaffection was not slutty behavior on the part of his former lover but the militaristic behavior on the part of an entire people, Jews.
“Jews are responsible for all the war in the world,” he allegedly said to a police officer among other F-word-laced, no doubt slurred comments.
Gibson subsequently apologized profusely and, if not forgiven, was dismissed as yet another anti-Semite.
It must have something to do with the weather this time of year out on the Left Coast or due to something in the water supplied by the L.A. Department of Water and Power but another Hollywood type has just ripped those same people.
This time it was a liberal darling, none other than screen writer/director/iconoclast Oliver Stone, a man who has devoted much of his career to puncturing holes in American beliefs and values. Stone went much further in ripping Jews than Gibson ever dreamed of doing in his frank remarks to the Sunday London Times. Among his gems:
. “The Jewish domination of the media. 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 f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”
. “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 [to] the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed].”
. In a quote from earlier this year: Hitler was “an easy scapegoat:” (http://tiny.cc/zit6z)
Stone may also have imbibed a few too many adult beverages since he belittled the import of the Holocaust but had kind words to say about Iran and Iran’s despot, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Venezuela’s dictator Hugo Chavez.
Needless to say, that media which Stone alleged was dominated by Jews rose up as one to condemn his remarks. Chief among them was the reaction of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League.
The ADL’s National Director Abraham Foxman tore into Stone: ”Oliver Stone has once again shown his conspiratorial colors with his comments about ‘Jewish domination of the media’ and control over U.S. foreign policy. His words conjure up some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and influence.
“The myth of Jewish control is an old stereotype that persists to this day. Stone uses it in a particularly egregious fashion by suggesting that Hitler has gotten an unfair shake because of Jewish influence.
“This is the most absurd kind of analysis and shows the extent to which Oliver Stone is willing to propound his anti-Semitic and conspiratorial views.”
Oliver Stone soon came to his senses, maybe when he sobered up, maybe realizing that he had bitten the media hand that feeds him, maybe coming to grips with who butters his toast. He issued an apology that was so profound it made Mad Mel’s seem like another anti-Semitic attack.
He effectively denounced and contradicted his own comments in his abject apology.
“I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret,” Stone said. He continued, ”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:” http://tiny.cc/w4knj
Well done, Ollie! You either proved yourself a fool in your original sentiments or confirmed that you’re a gutless Hollywood lackey in your obsequious retraction.
Either way, anti-Semite or lackey, Oliver Stone isn’t worth the flimsy paper his career is written on.