Foot in Mouth

Oliver Stone Caught in Anti-Semitic Flap

Is Oliver Stone taking cues from the Mel Gibson school of self-sabotage? In an interview with the U.K.’s Times of London to promote his documentary South of the Border, Stone suggested that he was defending Adolf Hitler when he said, saying "Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein.” He continued, “German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.” He also lambasted the “Jewish domination of the media,” and condemned Israel: "Israel has fucked up United States foreign policy for years." On Tuesday, after several Jewish organizations and the media branded Stone as an anti-Semite, Stone issued an apology that read, in part: “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. Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry."