Oliver Stone on Hurricane Sandy: 'This Is a Punishment' for Obama and Romney's Lack of Climate Change Debate
With less than a week to go before Election Day, Oliver Stone is sounding off on Hurricane Sandy and President Obama and Mitt Romney's lack of debate on the issue of climate change.
"I was a little disappointed at the third debate when neither of them talked about climate control and the nature of the situation on Earth," the controversy-courting Savages director told The Huffington Post.
"I think there's kind of a weird statement coming right after ... this is a punishment ... Mother Nature cannot be ignored. That's all I thought about," he said of Sandy's destructive tear through the East Coast.
Stone also revealed that he voted early for Obama, partly attributing his decision to the president's capacity to "brilliantly" perform during his showdowns with Romney.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this past summer, the outspoken auteur said he was undecided about whether to vote for the president because "Obama has carried on the Bush war on terror and has not addressed all the things he promised he would do to curtail the hype and fear that pervade this country."
He told THR he liked "Ron Paul's magnetism, his decency, his honor and foreign policy," and as for Romney, sniped: "I'm not going to vote for that idiot."
On Tuesday, Stone released his new book, The Untold History of the United States, co-written with Peter Kuznick and exploring the dark side of American history. A spin-off docu-series will debut Nov. 12 on Showtime.
Addressing the notion of "American exceptionalism," Stone opined to the Huffpo: "There's this attitude that we 'deserve' to be in charge. I don't believe in that ... We act as if we have this right of kingship -- we act as tyrants."
Stone also criticized PBS, saying he thinks the public station -- if faced with airing his Untold History series -- is "so politicized they can't say anything -- they're scared of their own shadow." As a result, he argued, they broadcast "this Pro-American experience type stuff."