According to the Globe and Mail article Lars von Trier Apologizes for Nazi Comments at Cannes:
You could practically see the headlines forming themselves in thought balloons above the journalists at the press conference Wednesday when the 55-year-old director [Lars von Trier] called himself a Nazi, expressed sympathy for Hitler and suggested he make a movie about a “Final Solution for journalists”
People, including the Globe and Mail article author Liam Lacey, have suggested that von Trier was attempting to make a joke and that he is “a man without ordinary emotional and intellectual filters.” Certainly some mental conditions (which von Trier may or may not have) do make people less able to filter their thoughts before speaking. However, I think we should be more concerned that von Trier had those thoughts than the fact that he wasn’t able to keep his mouth shut.
Von Trier’s comments came out when journalists asked him about previous remarks where he had indicated interest in “the Nazi aesthetic.” His comments included:
- “My family were German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler.”
- “I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. … In fact, I’m very much in favour of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass, but … now, how can I get out of this sentence? Okay, I’m a Nazi.”
Von Trier later apologized, indicating that he is not antisemitic and that he is not a Nazi. However, for obvious reasons the sincerity and accuracy of his apology is being questioned.
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