And don’t think that Oliver Stone hasn’t noticed. He’s been watching Mel’s rising profile with jealous eyes, waiting for an opportunity to leap in and blurt out a regrettable statement of his own. But which group could Oliver Stone target? Gibson’s already claimed blacks and Mexicans, so not them. And not Islamic fundamentalists either. He’s not mental, after all. So who does that leave? Scandinavians? Confucianists? Jews?
Ah, yes. Jews. Perfect. So, to cut a long story short, Oliver Stone has decided to use an interview to say that Jewish people didn’t really do that badly in World War II compared to the Russians. Aaaaand commence moral outrage.
Honestly, what a gigantic let-down Oliver Stone is. When we heard that he’d been accused of anti-Semitism following some comments made to a newspaper, we had hoped that we’d be in for something along the lines of Mel Gibson’s famous rant. You know, something vague and drunk and peppered with threats of physical violence and bookended with a charming Sugartit or two.
But oh no, Oliver Stone had to make his comments sober, didn’t he? And to a journalist instead of a police officer. And ground them in historical research. And without even a single trace of Sugartit. Oliver Stone, you will never know how heartbroken we are.
Anyway, here’s what Oliver Stone actually said, according to the New York Times:
?Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein,? he said. ?German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.? Mr. Stone then proceeded to discuss what he called ?the Jewish domination of the media,? adding with an expletive that Israel had messed up ?United States foreign policy for years.?
Needless to say, in the wake of this, the American Jewish Association declared Oliver Stone to be an anti-Semite. Which sounds bad, but he’s been called worse. By us. About halfway through Alexander. When we lost all feeling in our legs and realised that there were still two more hours to go. We didn’t tell it to his face – we actually screamed it into our fists – but he probably got the message. Incidentally, Stone has now apologised for the comments, saying:
?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.?
Still, since this post contains the phrases ‘Oliver Stone’, ‘Hitler’ and ‘Israel’, we look forward to the inevitable flood of paranoid, confused-seeming comments from people who’ve set up a series of Google alerts purely to make themselves furious. Do your worst, you adorable lunatics.