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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Should Showtime be showcasing Oliver Stone's anti-Semitism?

Ron Radosh is rightly infuriated by Oliver Stone's revealing interview with the London Times interview in which Oliver Stone revealed a level of anti-Semitism usually unspoken outside of Arab diatribes.
Next, Stone insists that Jewish deaths must be put “in proportion.” After all, “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, 25 or 30 [million killed].” Then Stone pulls out all the stops in an example of anti-Semitic vitriol not heard in our country openly since the days of the Gerald L.K. Smith, the World War II-era American anti-Semite. Here, in bold, is the key paragraph in the Long interview:
Why such a focus on the Holocaust then? “The Jewish domination of the media,” he says. “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. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”
Stone’s revolting words turn one’s stomach. How different from President Harry S. Truman’s reaction, when he first heard reports of what the Nazis had done to Europe’s Jewish population and could not sleep at night. One also remembers General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s response, when he saw the Nazi concentration camps and quickly ordered a press trip as well as a tour for members of the House and Senate, so that the world would learn what had taken place, would never forget, and would never be able to deny.
And this is the man whose history of World War II, Showtime (owned by CBS) is planning to turn over their television time to. Not content with displaying his adulation of Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Ahmadinejad in his documentaries, he's turning his skewed focus to Hitler and Stalin by placing them in what he calls "context." What could go wrong?


Pat Patterson said...

Maybe he can have both leaders attack their elephant-mounted enemies while waving swords with really bad blonde wigs.

tfhr said...

Stone's willingness to rewrite history to suit his politics or perverted sense of self is well known.

Stone's anti-Semiticism is no surprise. Watch as he continues to heap praise upon the demented Hugo Chavez. Watch as Chavez continues to roll out the red carpet for Iran. Listen as Iran threatens to annihilate Israel.

The world did learn what took place at the hands of Hitler. Denial that whole scale slaughter - genocide - can happen again is the common currency of UN discourse.

Something on the order of two million or more Christians, animists, and members of various minority tribes have been slaughtered in the Sudan by the hands of the Islamic government there. Does anyone care? How can we explain the steady slaughter in the Sudan? Why do we discount the bellicose threats from Tehran?

The Holocaust certainly is not forgotten, I do think there are some that see it as a quaint template. The only thing left to do is match the intent with the methods available while people like Stone attempt to recast history.

There was an article in the opinion section of last Sunday's WaPo that explored Chavez' bizarre efforts to recast himself as Simon Bolivar. I highly recommend it:

I'm wondering when Stone will announce his own second coming as Leni Riefenstahl. It would be the Chavista thing to do and would no doubt add means available to an end.

LarryD said...

Stone's philosophical forebears admired Hitler before WWII, also.

I think the following is relevant:
"Narcissists are totally and inflexibly authoritarian. In other words, they are suck-ups. They want to be authority figures and, short of that, they want to be associated with authority figures."

Bachbone said...

Stone is an apt reflection of Hollyweird's morality. If it had any, he'd be denounced and his films would find no financial backers.

Pat Patterson said...

After having to watch Wes Studi's butt crack a few times in The Doors I really don't care what Stone does next. However working for Showtime is not a great career booster so many people probably have no use for him either.