Celebrities suffer backlash after invoking Hitler
Washington Post reported
If famous people have learned one thing in the whatever-I-say-gets-tweeted era, one would think it’s this: Don’t mention Adolf Hitler. Yet individuals ranging from Megan Fox to, most recently, Hank Williams Jr. have continued to court controversy by bringing up the Nazi leader. In the hope that celebrities will finally grasp the no-Hitler rule, here’s a rundown of a few who have gotten themselves into trouble:
Hitler move: In a 2009 Wonderland magazine interview, the “Transformers” star violated the most basic rule of employment: Don’t imply your boss has anything in common with Hitler. “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is,” she said of “Transformers” director Michael Bay.
Result: Fox stopped being a “Transformers” star. Bay recently told GQ that “Transformers” executive producer Steven Spielberg told Bay to fire the actress after the Hitler comment. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replaced Fox as Shia LaBeouf’s love interest in the third battling-bots movie, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”
Hitler move: While speaking to the Sunday Times of London in a July 2010 interview, the “Wall Street” filmmaker said, “Hitler was a Frankenstein, but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German Industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support . . . Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.”
Result: The American Jewish Committee issued a condemnatory statement, and Stone issued an apology. “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret.”