ADL Asks Susan Sarandon to Apologize for Referring to the Pope as a Nazi
The group, which fights anti-Semitism and bigotry, says the actress' comment was "disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for."
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is asking actress Susan Sarandon to apologize to the Catholic Community and "all those she may have offended" when she referred to Pope Benedict XVI as a "Nazi" at the Hamptons Film Festival this weekend.
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in a 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.
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"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."
Sarandon told actor Bob Balaban in an interview on Saturday that she had sent the Pope a copy of the anti death penalty book, Dead Man Walking. She starred in the 1995 film adaptation of the book.
Clarifying which Pope received her package, Sarandon said, "The last one, not this Nazi one we have now."
Balaban tried to dance around the comment, but Sarandon just made it again, according to reports. The audience also laughed.
The Anti-Defamation League is dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.
The group said Monday that Sarandon's comment was "disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for."