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Maybe he who lives in Gibson houses shouldn't throw Stones?
That may be the lesson to be learned from the recent behavior of "Scene's" favorite revisionist filmmaker, Oliver Stone, whose comments in an interview in the Sunday Times of London shows that anti-Semitism has a platoon all its own in Hollywood.
Stone, out promoting -- with frenzies like this, who needs enemies? -- a new docu about his hero, Venezuela's oily president Hugo Chavez, may have named his attack of brain drain after the film itself, with his logic indeed going "South of the Border" (which premiered to neg vibes at last September's Venice film fest before opening in New York this past weekend. Wonder what movie critic Ed Koch has to say on this?)
In a preview for his own vision of the "Secret History of America," to be shown at a later date by Showtime, Stone rocked the world in the Times interview by claiming in comments on the Holocaust that "Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. 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."
Oliver, have you met Hutton Gibson, Mel's father? "Jewish domination of the media" is how he explained all the news that fits into print about the Holocaust.
When the sham hit the fan, Stone was all about apologies. (Guess he also believes that Jews make up the majority of movie ticket-buyers in the country.)
In a statement that coincided with "Scene's" deadline -- well, at least he's thoughtful about some Jewish matters -- Stone recanted and reconsidered his dwindling Hollywood base: "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," said the Catholic-raised son of a Jewish father.
"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."
Thank heavens! Now it's official.
"Scene" is already anticipating the filmmaker's next production: "Hitler, We Hardly Knew Ye," with Chavez in his second starring role for his good bud. u
(What would Mel say? The Gibson controversy continues. See more "On the Scene" online at: www. jewishexponent.com, then link to "Arts & Entertainment.")