Film director Oliver Stone has some complaints about the media, or, as he put it in an interview with the Sunday Times in England, the “Jewish-dominated media.” At least Mel Gibson had the excuse of being drunk when he said things like that.
Stone is in England drumming up publicity for his worshipful documentary on Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and his upcoming miniseries on Showtime, “The Secret History of America.”
According to Newsbusters, Stone suggested that all of this focus on the Holocaust was a plot by the Jews to prevent an examination of Hitler “in context.” Stone also defended Stalin, Mao, and Ahmadinejad who, while certainly bad people, are seriously misunderstood.
Hitler, after all, was a creation of German industrialists, the British, and the Americans, according to Stone. Oliver Stone also predicted that, if sanctions are imposed on Iran, “it’s going to be like North Vietnam again.” Obviously no discussion with Stone is complete without a reference to that subject.
Stone is famous for movies, like Platoon and Wall Street, which attack the United States as essentially an evil country. Stone is even more famous for his conspiracy movies, like JFK and Nixon. The one film he has directed that is watchable without recourse to nausea medicine is World Trade Center, which might have been made while Stone was possessed by an alien entity, so different was it from his other work.
But the latest Oliver Stone conspiracy theory, one involving Jews, is not only unoriginal, but is likely to be one that Hollywood will finally find offensive. There is one theory that he will get away with it because he did not direct “The Passion of the Christ.” However, when one wonders how the Holocaust and World War II would look “in context,” then one wonders whether Stone has finally committed career sepuku. Certainly the folks in the executive suite at Showtime must be reaching for the Maalox. Have they turned over their network to someone like that?
It is not that Stone’s recent work, with the exception of World Trade Center, has met with any success. Alexander the Great started with promise, but ended with embarrassing gay love scenes with Harlequin romance dialogue and a Vietnam flashback. “W” was unintentionally funny, and was avoided even by Bush haters. The upcoming sequel to Wall Street has one of the most idiotic lines in cinematic history placed into the mouth of the newly freed from prison Gordon Gekko: “Someone reminded me I once said ‘Greed is good.’ Now it seems it’s legal.”
Note to Stone: It always has been.
But now what to do about a problem like Oliver Stone? Clearly someone who utters anti-Semitic ravings cannot just be allowed to skate. My suggestion is that he should be forced to watch Schindler’s List until he is comfortable with the idea that industrial-scale genocide is unique in human history, and cannot be softened by “placing it in context.” It’s either that, or putting Stone in the Vic Morrow role in that segment of “Twilight Zone: the Movie.” Of course, that does put him back in Vietnam…
Oliver Stone: ‘Jewish-Dominated Media’ Prevents Hitler from Being Portrayed ‘in Context’, Alana Goodman, Newsbusters, July 25th, 2010