Critically-acclaimed director Oliver Stone — whose catalogue includes W. and the 1987 hit Wall Street — has apologized for “clumsy” comments he made in an interview, suggesting the Holocaust became Hitler’s most well-documented atrocity because of Jewish control of the media.
Stone — who just last week voiced his support of noted bigot Mel Gibson — has come under fire for his comments on Jews and Hitler in a recent London interview, which same critics and civil rights workers are calling anti-Semitic.
In this week’s edition of The Sunday Times, Stone, who is half Jewish, complained about “Jewish domination of the media,” and claimed that Hitler did more damage to Russia than he did to the Jews.
“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 the Jewish people, 25 or 30 (million killed),” Stone explained.
And when asked why he thought there had been more of a historical focus on the killings of Jews during the Holocaust, he replied: “Jewish domination of the media. There’s a major lobby in the United States. They (Jews) are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington.”
Israeli leaders and The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) immediately released statements denoucing Stone’s comments as anti-Semitic.
According to The ADL, said Stone used an old stereotype “in a particularly egregious fashion by suggesting that Hitler has gotten an unfair shake because of Jewish influence.”
That seems to have gotten his attention. Late Monday, the moviemaker released a statement apologizing for his remarks.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”