Director Lars von Trier is the latest celebrity to cozy up to Adolph Hitler and Nazism, with a bizarre pronouncement of admiration for the mass murderer and his white supremacist screed. Move over John Galliano.
Fashion House Christian Dior fired the famed designer a day after a video surfaced on the Internet showed him drunkenly saying, “I love Hitler.”
Now von Trier is at it, and he’s sober!
The director of noted indie films like “Dogville,” “Dancer in the Dark” and “Antichrist,” rocked the Cannes Film Festival.
Von Trier was speaking at a press conference about the film when he said he was “actually a Nazi” who “understands Hitler … I sympathize with him a bit.”
His remarks also reportedly left Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the stars of his latest film “Melancholia,” dumbfounded.
He drew and immediate rebuke from The American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their descendants.
During World War II, the Nazi slaughtered more than 9 million Jews, dissidents, homosexuals and handicapped people in death camps.
The group called Von Trier’s comments “repulsive” and “an insensitive exploitation of victims’ suffering for self-serving promotion and publicity.”
Hollywood tends to turn a blind eye to big name directors and actors, like Mel Gibson, or even Roman Polanski, when they engage in atrocious behavior, and Von Trier apologists immediately went into spin control mode.
They insisted that the director has a dark sense of humor and was not serious. The mostly European audience got what he was saying, they said.His remarks were directed at rival Danish director Susanne Bier, who is Jewish.
“For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier, and I wasn’t so happy,” von Trier said.
“But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family were German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say?”
Von Trier was unrelenting. Asked if he would like to direct a big-budget picture, von Trier replied, “Yes. We Nazis like to do things on a big scale. Maybe I could do ‘The Final Solution.'”
The Holocaust group failed to see the humor in his remarks.
“His bizarre comments may have been made in jest and for shock, but those subjected to the brutalities of the Nazi regime cannot find amusement in recalling the torture and deaths of those terrible times,” the group said in its statement.
“As a person Von Trier is a moral failure,” it added.