Oliver Stone Hitler comments were bound to be controversial. After all, an Oliver Stone Hitler expose is part of Stone’s upcoming “Secret History of America” series on Showtime. The Oscar-winning director has already made it clear that he wants to put Hitler “in context” during his WWII secret history section. Months ago, Stone had called Hitler an “easy scapegoat” for the Nazi regime and how it was able to take rise. But the latest Oliver Stone Hitler comments went a bit further, as he used an old standby theory to attack historical coverage.
Stone is doing a publicity tour for another project that takes on political perception. His documentary “South Of The Border” puts a more friendly spin on South American leaders that have been vilified by the U.S. and the press. In that vein, his forthcoming Showtime series, “Secret History of America,” takes another look at historical perceptions throughout U.S. history.
The Oliver Stone Hitler comments came when he defended a sure-to-be controversial part of that series. In it, he claims that the real “Dr. Frankenstein” behind Hitler’s rise was a variety of American, British and corporate interests. To right-wing critics, it is another case of Stone blaming America and the West first for every evil action.
That alone did not get him in trouble, as he already made these claims months ago. But these Oliver Stone Hitler theories expanded when he claimed the “Jewish domination of the media” is why Hitler got sole blame for the Holocaust, and why foreign policy is so pro-Israel. In addition, Stone said Hitler did far worse things to the Russians, since four times as many Russians were killed in the war.
In no time, the Oliver Stone Hitler and Israel comments sparked the expected condemnation in the press and blogosphere. But, since Stone has made a history of controversial statements, few were that surprised.
Stone tried to save face with an apology, saying that he made a “clumsy association” between his Hitler theories and the Holocaust. At the least, it gave his “Secret History of America” more publicity and controversy, along with “South of the Border.”
With the Oliver Stone Hitler commentary, the director returned to his controversial roots. After “World Trade Center” and “W,” people might have suspected he had gotten soft. But he is back to inflaming viewers again with his upcoming projects, and finding new ways to be condemned for his theories.
When Mel Gibson expressed anti-Semitic views, it killed his image – although it was child’s play compared to future scandals. But, since the Oliver Stone Hitler and Israel comments were made by a friend of the left, right-wing critics will say Stone will escape similar backlash in the press. Of course, if that was the case, Stone’s “Jewish domination of the media” theory would take a hit too.
Los Angeles Times- “With Hitler remarks, Oliver Stone provokes, then apologizes”
Heckler Spray- “Oliver Stone Tries His Hand At Being Offensive”