Jewish Anti-Defamation League seeks apology from Susan Sarandon for calling Pope Benedict XVI a ‘Nazi’

by Shaunna Murphy (From EW.COM)

The Anti-Defamation League has called on Susan Sarandon to apologize for comments she reportedly made on Saturday in which she called Pope Benedict XVI a “Nazi.” During an interview at the Bay Street Theatre in Long Island, Newsday reports the Oscar-winning actress made her controversial comment while discussing her 1995 film Dead Man Walking, which was based on an anti-death-penalty book by Sister Helen Prejean. Sarandon remembered that she had sent a copy of the book to the pope. “The last one,” she said. “Not this Nazi one we have now.”

The Anti-Defamation League responded on Monday, asking Sarandon to apologize to the Catholic community and to anybody else she may have offended with her remarks. ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman issued the following statement:

We hope that Susan Sarandon will have the good sense to apologize to the Catholic community and all those she may have offended with this disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for attack on the good name of Pope Benedict XVI.

Ms. Sarandon may have her differences with the Catholic Church, but that is no

excuse for throwing around Nazi analogies. Such words are hateful, vindictive and only serve to diminish the true history and meaning of the Holocaust.

It is unclear whether Sarandon was commenting generally about the

Pope’s current policies or on his childhood experiences with the Nazi party during World War II. EW was unable to reach Sarandon for comment.

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4 Responses to Jewish Anti-Defamation League seeks apology from Susan Sarandon for calling Pope Benedict XVI a ‘Nazi’

  1. Ricardo Russo says:

    Why take anyone from bankrupt morals California movies seriously. Actors think they can comment on world affairs when their own world is fragmented and falling apart. Pretty sick comments on their part, but then, consider the source.

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  2. JabbaPapa says:

    Good for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League !!!

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  3. kathleen says:

    It was actually a very stupid and ignorant thing to say, as nothing could be further from the truth. I hope Susan Sarandon apologises publicly.
    I also see this as an insult to the whole German nation, who nowadays fear nothing more than being labelled ‘Nazis’!!

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  4. Ricardo Russo says:

    Saw nothing about this story on ABC news. Major networks don’t consider this very important. . .dancing with the stars seems to be much more important to the news.

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