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ADL Wants Sarandon to Apologize for Nazi Remark

Actress is called out for referring to Pope Benedict as a Nazi during an interview at Bay Street Theatre.

The Anti-Defamation League is demanding an apology from Susan Sarandon for calling Pope Benedict XVI a "Nazi" at in Sag Harbor Saturday during a Hamptons International Film Festival event.

Sarandon, being interviewed by Bob Balaban on the Bay Street stage in front of an audience for the festival's "A Conversation With" series, was discussing "Dead Man Walking." She starred as Sister Helen Prejean, who penned the book the film is based on, and won an Academy Award.

"She gave a copy of the film to the pope," Sarandon said of Sister Helen. "The last one, not this Nazi one, the one before." The audience broke out in laughter at the shock of how candidly Sarandon spoke, then clapped. 

"It's a shame you're so afraid to say what you really think," Balaban joked.

"He was a Nazi Youth, I'm not talking, or making it up," Sarandon replied.

She did, however, get the name of the group wrong: Benedict XVI was a member of the Hitler Youth, a paramilitary Nazi group, but membership was mandatory for German teens during the Nazi regime.

She quickly got back on topic: "She showed the pope that his lack of being clear was being used to rationalize the death penalty and after that he issued a statement that was much more definitive before he died."

The ADL, citing news reports that quoted Sarandon, called on her to apologize to Catholics and others she may have offended.

"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," National Director Abraham H. Foxman was quoted as saying in an ADL statement. "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."

The Catholic League also put out a statement condemning Sarandon's words.

President Bill Donohue said she was being willfully ignorant of the fact that Pope Benedict, then called Joseph Ratzinger, was conscripted through no fault of his own. "Unlike most of the other teenagers, Ratzinger refused to go to meetings, bringing economic hardship to his family," Donohue said. "Moreover, unlike most of the others, he deserted at the first opportunity."

"Sarandon’s comment is obscene," Donohue added. "Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect from her."

Sarandon has yet to offer a public response to the criticism.

Ann Archist October 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM
The glare of the lights and the camera are very enticing. Hair, make-up, the free coke and all the trappings of being a ''star'' must be spine tingling. Thus, the need to keep the electricity on long after you've faded and everyone has gone home.
Patricia Ashlock October 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Hollywood again lashing out at something they know nothing about, just grasping at anything to use in a hateful manner. This "open minded" group are not interested in finding out the truth. Sadly we let them influence us.
Stephanie Beroes October 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM
The word "Nazi" is used by many in the media community as a synonym for "german" !!! I think that's why Susan Sarandon labeled Pope Benedict as "the Nazi one" , if Pope Benedict had been of French or Russian origins there would have been no negative label. Sarandon's labeling is totally out of touch with the vibrant culture and economy of modern Germany, and she would never have made such a statement if she were speaking at a german Film festival panel. I wonder what HIFF Guest Wim Wenders would think of her remark?
jwb October 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Ignorant has been...say anything to get publicity..
Mark Wilson October 18, 2011 at 01:25 PM
She said what she said, and you can't "take it back". IN FACT, SHE, REPORTEDLY, SAID IT TWICE ! Susan Sarandon referred to Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi over the weekend – not just once, but twice. During an interview at the Hamptons Film Festival, Sarandon was talking about sending the pope a copy of the book, “Dead Man Walking,” when she clarified ... “The last one [Pope John Paul II], not this Nazi one we have now.” When interviewer Bob Balaban expressed disapproval, Sarandon reportedly said the Nazi comment AGAIN -- drawing laughter from the audience. The Pope's PR people acknowledged that Benedict WAS a member of the Hitler Youth as a boy, a requirement at the time for German boys his age -- but the rep insists he had no "active participation" in the group. http://www.tmz.com/2011/10/17/susan-sarandon-pope-is-a-nazi/#.Tp19Nt7iE8k
Mark Wilson October 18, 2011 at 01:25 PM
She got her free publicity for her new business venture, that, interestingly "launched" the same week. Susan Sarandon at the opening of a new Uniqlo store Alive Woman Walking Mon, 17/10/2011 - 16:59 by Gemma Exley Susan Sarandon was born just before the invention of frisbee, Velcro and cake mix. We reckon all four of them have aged remarkably, not like the slinky or atomic bomb, which were first made only a year prior to the actress in 1945. They both look rubbish now. Uniqlo recently announced that Susan Sarandon was the new face of the brand, which was probably the best thing they'd done since deciding to provide free alterations for items costing over £20. Read the whole story on Holy Moly! http://www.holymoly.com/fashion/pictures/susan-sarandon-launches-new-uniqlo-store-looks-amazing-6560005#ixzz1b8gswwcr The best celebrity gossip site in the world.
Jerry Can October 18, 2011 at 02:50 PM
She reminds me of mel gibson and his anti-semitic rants.
Mark Wilson October 18, 2011 at 03:19 PM
And how is that, please ?
laszlo Lowenstein October 18, 2011 at 04:54 PM
What she should have said is that he is "not this one we have now, the protector of pedophile priests" as has been proven via the discovery of recent documents relating to his role before he became the Pope. That would have been more accurate and provided a nice alliterative statement.
Mark Wilson October 18, 2011 at 05:17 PM
It's in her to be who she is...a Progressive Bigot, who puts personal financial aggrandisement before her FAKE, public social welfare concerns. And you can't blame her, at this stage of, what could be characterized as a waning career. She should really be pitied.
Nanci e. LaGarenne October 18, 2011 at 08:53 PM
fact is Pope Benedict XVI was the head of the committee that should have not hid or moved the pedophile priests, but made sure they were defrocked and thrown out of the church and into a jail cell. Actor or not, you can't dispute this ugly fact.
Janet October 19, 2011 at 07:15 AM
It is common for anyone to get half of the facts right. He absolutely was a Nazi. The part missed is that all the youth were required to join. Many could have made that mistake and many live to attack activist about them. Usually the kind of people who do nothing unlike Ms.Saradon who speaks out about injustices. If this is such common knowledge, why didn't someone tell her instead of laughing. Let's face it, none of them had the slightest idea. We still really don't know how he belonged really. Nice out. I wouldn't assume anything. Ms. Saradon has been slandered by this article stating, what else do we expect from her. Now, what is that?
Mo Neill October 19, 2011 at 08:14 AM
Several people have asserted that the Hitler Youth was mandatory for all youth. If it waS against the Law to not join the Hitler youth, then if was mandatory. If there was no law that all boys and girls were required to join the Hitler Youth, then it was not mandatory.Can anyone cite any statute in the German code that specified this putative requirement? The Catholic Church and its hierarchy fully supported the Nazi regime and never once spoke out against Hitler or the Nazi party. Pius X11 was informed of the extermination of Jews, Commies & homosexuals by its own reliable nuncio living in Germany and still the Vatican did not speak out against Hitler or the Nazi Party. What Susan Saradon said that the present pope was in the Nazi Hitler Youth is factual.
Mo Neill October 19, 2011 at 08:19 AM
Mel Gibson says he is a Roman Catholic, Susan Saradon does not make this claim. Her statement is in no way, shape or form anti-Semitic.
Mo Neill October 19, 2011 at 08:39 AM
Her statement was true. Why the pope should be made to stand trial in the International Court of the Hague is not his Nazi youth or his tolerance of pedophile priests & bishops, actively suppressing & abetting their crimes, but his denial in face of all scientific evidence that prophylactics/birth control do not stop the AIDs virus transmission or other STDs, thereby justifying the Church's role in pushing through the removal of contraceptives from UN agencies' health services by pressuring the U.S to threaten withdrawal of its funding if contraceptives were not removed from distribution. Thankfully Obama ended that support of Vatican demand & the UN is now again distributing contraceptives. For the 10s of millions of poor people who died of AIDs & the countries who lost a whole generation of people in their most productive years, making orphans of many more, it is a little late. It will one day be seen, I believe, as an horrific holocaust on the hands of the Vatican.
Mo Neill October 19, 2011 at 08:48 AM
Like she really needs yr pity, for which you must have, reading your posts, in outsized abundance. The hallmark of hard right & Tea Party Republicans is their compassion for which they are so rightly well known. They called it "Conservative Compassion" which many commentators thought was an amusing electoral gimmick, were it not so cynical..
Mark Wilson October 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM
ANYONE who wants to tell The Truth, line up, lest you be judged also ? WHAT NO "TAKERS" ?
Mark Wilson October 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Sarandon is a SLOB ! All of the trappings to the contrary, that she attempts to surround herself with, can't hide this.
Nanci e. LaGarenne October 19, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I pity the fool. And it's not Susan Sarandon. Get a life. Or go pray for yourself in the self-righteous church you defend. I was raised Carhilic and I am anything but proud of it. The pope and his flock should be ashamed they condone pedophilia every time they donate to the communion basket. Ask the people who had their innocence stolen by predator priests. You will get the Truth. God grief, jeez, puck another horse to back. Bendeduct ain't it, brother.
Mark Wilson October 19, 2011 at 06:11 PM
I Pray for you Nanci.
Nanci e. LaGarenne October 20, 2011 at 12:06 AM
thanks. never refuse a prayer, brother.
Mark Wilson October 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM
You and your cohorts need all the help you can get...even if it chafes at your misbegotten beliefs.
Mark Wilson October 22, 2011 at 06:07 PM
Star Progressives are ALWAYS THREATENING to leave the US, but ALL are still here ? If McCain Wins, Sarandon Threatens (Promises!?) to Leave U.S. By Media Research Center June 2, 2008 Catching up with a quote from a British newspaper interview published May 24 that got some play in the U.S. late last week, actress Susan Sarandon told John Hiscock of London's Telegraph she'll consider moving to Italy or Canada if John McCain wins over Barack Obama. In an interview to promote the British release of the Speed Racer movie and the DVD release of her anti-Iraq war film, In the Kingdom of Elah, Sarandon fumed: "If McCain gets in, it's going to be very, very dangerous....It's a critical time, but I have faith in the American people. If they prove me wrong, I'll be checking out a move to Italy. Maybe Canada, I don't know. We're at an abyss." Friday night, however, FNC's Bret Baier noted in the "Grapevine" segment on Special Report with Brit Hume, that "celebrities in the past do not have a stellar track record of making good on threats to flee if their candidate loses." Baier recalled how "numerous stars vowed to pack up if George W. Bush won the 2000 election, including Barbara Streisand, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and even Sarandon's long-time boyfriend Tim Robbins," but "all still currently reside here in the U.S." We can always hold up hope Sarandon will break the trend. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/If%20McCain%20Wins%20Sarandon%20Threatens.html

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