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Ricky Gervais Defends Queen Amid Nazi Salute Controversy

Ricky Gervais is defending Queen Elizabeth II against criticism that she's a Nazi supporter.

This after British tabloid 'The Sun' published footage from 1933 of the Queen being taught the Nazi salute by her uncle, Edward VIII.

The footage shows a then 6-year-old Elizabeth with her uncle, 3-year-old sister Princess Margaret and her mother.

Buckingham Palace said it was "disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from a personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner."

That hasn't stopped criticism directed at the royal family but Ricky Gervais says the footage isn't newsworthy.

"Remember, this was before Michael Jackson's Thriller had all those awful implications," he writes on Twitter, "If the Queen does another Nazi Salute let me know about it. Until then she was 7 and it didn't even have it's eventual context. Not news."

"Now I'm terrified someone is going to dig up a photo of me praying when I was 7. Never mind The Queen, I actually looked like a tiny Hitler when I was 7."

July 21, 2015 |

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