Earlier this year, director Lars Von Trier caused a bit of a stink at the Cannes Film Festival by claiming he sympathized to a small extent with Adolf Hitler. And by “bit of a stink,” I mean he was banned from the festival despite an apology and an explanation that the remarks were a joke gone wrong. But in a recent interview with GQ, the director changed course and un-apologized for the remarks, although he still maintains he was joking.
I’m not sorry… I’m sorry that I didn’t make it clear that it was a joke. But I can’t be sorry for what I said—it’s against my nature… I don’t think there is a right or wrong thing to say. I think that anything can be said. That is very much me. The same with film—anything can be done in a film. If it can be thought in the human mind, then it could be said and it could be seen on a film. Of course you get troubles for it afterwards, that’s for sure, but that doesn’t make it wrong. To say I’m sorry for what I said is to say I’m sorry for what kind of a perso I am, I’m sorry for my morals, and that would destroy me as a person. It’s not true. I’m not sorry. I am not sorry for what I said. I’m sorry that it didn’t come out more clearly. I’m not sorry that I made a joke, but I’m sorry that I didn’t make it clear that it was a joke. But I can’t be sorry for what I said—it’s against my nature.
I think he’s trying to say he’s not sorry. At any rate, while it’s probably a bad idea to joke around about Hitler, I understand what he’s trying to say. And to be honest, after watching the following video, you’ll probably find yourself sympathizing with Hitler as well.