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Oliver Stone Criticized For Anti-Semitic Comments To Paper

The Anti-Defamation League is slamming filmmaker Oliver Stone for comments he made to the Sunday Times in the UK, calling them anti-Semitic.

This after Stone was asked why there was "such a focus on the Holocaust" and replied: "The Jewish domination of the media... They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f--ked up United States foreign policy for years."

"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," says ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman.

"His words conjure up some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and 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."

But the 63-year-old Oscar-winning director says that was not his intention and sings a different tune in an apology.

"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," says Stone.

"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."

The American Jewish Committee is also calling Stone's comments were rang of anti-Semitic and even compare him to Mel Gibson.

"By invoking this grotesque, toxic stereotype, Oliver Stone has outed himself as an anti-Semite," says executive director David Harris. "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."

This isn't the first time Stone has made controversial comments about the Holocaust. In January, he called an "easy scapegoat" in a presentation fos his upcoming Showtime miniseries 'Oliver Stone's Secret History of America'.

July 27, 2010 |

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