Well, so this morning I was once again immersed, as is my custom au matin, in the great comforting warm bath that is the Arts & Leisure section of the New York Times, when an interesting and alarming item all but jumped out at me.
Oliver Stone apologized late Monday for comments he made about Hitler and the Holocaust that were published in The Sunday Times of London. The remarks, which included a reference to “the Jewish domination of the media” and a remark that “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people,” were criticized by Jewish groups as anti-Semitic. “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,” Mr. Stone said in a statement. “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.”
Well, if truth be told I really like Oliver Stone. In fact, for my money, had he directed nothing else besides Natural Born Killers (a film whose theme -- let's hunt down and kill loathsome rightwing tabloid tv "journalist" Steve Dunleavy -- not only makes eminent good sense but provided the pre-rehab Robert Downey Jr. with the role of a lifetime) he would deserve to be one of the screen's immortals. And he's obviously a mensch, as witness the above apology (unlike, say, that Mel Gibson fella).
That being the case, I would just like to say to Oliver -- for the record and on behalf of myself and the rest of the "Jewish cultural scum of Los Angeles" (Franco Zefferelli's phrase) -- apology accepted.
Of course, I'm not holding my breath for George Lucas to mea culpa for that fricking Watto alien in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
I mean, really -- a slope-nosed, haggling trash dealer with an impenetrable ethnic accent? I can't imagine where I've seen a character like that before.