Lars Von Trier Apologizes For Being A Nazi

Wednesday, May 18 by
 

Lars Von Trier has a lot to apologize for. His movies are provocative, politically incorrect, and other euphemisms for “offensive.” His latest Melancholia, recently premiered at Cannes to mostly good reviews – a chunk of good he wasted no time in plowing through when during a press conference he referred to himself as a “Nazi.” Here’s a quote from the press conference, in which Von Trier does his best Mel Gibson impersonation:

“For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier [fellow Danish director and this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film] and I wasn’t so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit. I don’t mean I’m in favor of World War II and I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. In fact I’m very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass [pause] … How can I get out of this sentence? OK, I’m a Nazi.”

This caused the predictable uproar, with the heads of the Cannes Film Festival demanding an explanation. So, in probably the most surprising development of this story, Von Trier has actually apologized:

“If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not anti-semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.”

Von Trier was then quoted as saying “don’t have a cow, man!” before speeding off on his skateboard. (Deadline)

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