Hollywood’s Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone joins Mel Gibson’s league, as he too ranted against the Jewish community, but he later apologized profusely.
In a recent interview for the promotion of his latest documentary film, ‘South of the Border’, with the Sunday Times, the director said that the Russians had suffered more than the Jewish people.
Stone added that this was not covered well because of Jewish domination of 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,” he said.
He also called Hitler ‘a scapegoat’ and described the US policy of Iran as improper and ‘horrible’.
Stone, whose father is a Jewish, also said that "Hitler was a Frankenstein. The Americans, the British and German industrialists made up a "Dr. Frankenstein.”
Anti-Defamation League criticizes the filmmaker
The 63-year-old American filmmaker was condemned by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Community (AJC), also termed him as an ‘anti-Semitic'.
“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,” says Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director.
“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,” he states.
AJC’s Executive Director, David Harris also expressed his fury on Stone’s comments saying, “By invoking this grotesque, toxic stereotype, Oliver Stone has opted himself as an anti-Semite. 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.”
Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein said that the comments show Oliver’s ignorance and ‘demonization of the Jewish people could be a sequel to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.’
“When a man of Stone’s stature says such things, it could lead to a new wave of anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, and it may even cause real harm to Jewish communities and individuals,” the minister said.
Olive Stone feels sorry
Seeing the outrageous reaction on his comments, Oliver Stone issued an apology statement, which read, “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. 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,” he concluded.