ADL: Susan Sarandon should apologize for 'Nazi' comment
October 18th, 2011
10:25 AM ET

ADL: Susan Sarandon should apologize for 'Nazi' comment

Susan Sarandon reportedly recently called Pope Benedict XVI a "Nazi" during an interview, and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is calling on the actress to apologize.

In a statement posted on the organization's website, the ADL refers to Sarandon's remark as a "disturbing, deeply offensive and uncalled for attack on the good name of Pope Benedict XVI."

As Newsday reported, the actress was speaking about her 1995 movie "Dead Man Walking" with actor Bob Balaban in an interview at the Hamptons Film Festival on Saturday. Sarandon, 65, mentioned that she sent the pope a copy of the anti-death penalty book the film was based on.

"The last one," she said, indicating Pope John Paul, "not this Nazi one we have now."

Balaban tried to gloss over the comment, but Sarandon said it again.

In response on Monday, the ADL's National Director, Abraham Foxman, said in the posted statement, "We hope that Susan Sarandon will have the good sense to apologize to the Catholic community and all those she may have offended...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."

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  1. Adam

    Not only was the pope an active member of the Nazi Party (whether he supported Hitler or not is irrelevant) his father was also an SS officer. Furthermore, the Vatican openly supported Hitler and the Nazis, they endorsed Hitler and helped finance his campaign in 1932/1933. The Vatican is a big reason why Hitler became chancellor and eventually dictator of Germany.

    The Vatican only publicly acknowledged the holocaust even happened in 1998!!!! 53 years later!!!!!

    October 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      You're an ass. The Vatican NEVER supported Hitler and was neutral before and during Word War 2 If they inherit any blame, it was for never acting aggressively against Mussolini. Plus, the Vatican was instrumental in aiding Jews escaping from the Holocaust. Do your homework, bonehead!

      October 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. robert

    Who cares what this washed up, wrinkled hag bag, has to say? She should just shut her moronic filthy celebretard mouth. I hope she dies soon, just so we don't have to keep listening to all of her hot air and causes. eeeeelllllkkkkkkk

    October 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Good grief, robert. Either you weak minded Tea Partiers are posting your mindless, off-the topic comments here or posting hateful, anti-Muslim or anti-Semitic comments like lambasting Susan Sarandon. Although you people have a disablity to post intelligent statements here, you do know how to hate bigtime!!! No wonder America's becoming a basket case!!!

      October 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tony

    The reason why fat cat, overpaid celebrity has beens like Sarandon can mouth with impunity is because Christians do not retaliate like certain "muslim" groups. If La Susan knew that uttering a slur against a RC Pope might get her house burned down the next day, she might think twice. As would other foul mouthed, morally bankrupt Hollywood elite.

    October 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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