You Can’t Squeeze Brains from a Stone
Oh, Hollywood! Never have so many been paid so much for so little worth. Their lack of rational thought astounds even me sometimes, and I have very low expectations. In fact, I propose a new term to replace the ickier bathroom version: Stone for Brains. Oliver Stone, that is. He proves, once again, that, like money, you really can’t squeeze brains from a stone.
Director Oliver Stone’s upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries “Secret History of America” promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler “in context.” “Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,” Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.
Um, Oliver? The “context” is that they are evil and, you know, actual bad guys. That’s difficult for you to understand, I suspect, since you are a practitioner of moral relativism. Further, to you, there is no good or evil; everything is just “diverse cultures” and “self-expression” and such. The right kind only, of course, not like those marauding mobs of tea party attendees what with their peaceful assembly and redress of grievances. Plus, in your delusional mind, George W. Bush is the baddest bad guy ever.
We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII … I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM.
And there it is. There is no bad or good, huh? We can’t actually judge people by their horrific actions. Philistines! Liberalize your minds! Sorry, but I don’t wish to walk in Hitler’s shoes; if anything, I wish I could have shoved one where the sun don’t shine. Repeatedly. You want to walk in Hitler’s shoes, yet take great glee when a shoe is thrown at George W. Bush? Cognitive dissonance is fun!
They’ve stopped teaching about the Holocaust and the Crusades in some schools in the UK, waving the banner of “too controversial; it might offend some students”. You are now aiding and abetting that line of thinking. Since when is the Holocaust controversial? They now must teach their children based on a madman’s beliefs? The truth is now considered “offensive” and we must learn to embrace their differences and understand madmen? I’m confused. Maybe because I seem to have lost my English to Cuckoo Pants dictionary.
And, of course, I knew America would be at fault somehow. America and it’s pesky capitalist system made up of evil corporations (the only evil you believe in) You’ll blame corporations, yet “walk in the shoes” of Hitler to explain away any personal responsibility.
“You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate,” Stone said during the show’s trailer, which promised to put historical villains “in context.”
I see you are really working that “empathy” talking point from the White House. Good boy, Oliver! Next, start bowing in supplication constantly. You may get a Czar position!
“Obviously, Rush Limbaugh is not going to like this history and, as usual, we’re going to get those kind of ignorant attacks,” said Stone, who also also compared the experience of sympathizing with war criminals to making his “W” movie about George W. Bush. “I’m trying to understand somebody I thoroughly despised.”
You just Godwinned yourself right there, Oliver, with you comparing of Bush to HITLER. Geez Louise, that has really gotten old. As for Rush, he doesn’t ignorantly attack. He does, however, GET attacked ignorantly. By the very same people who see your movies, I suspect. Congratulations!
Oliver, try “empathizing” with reality, for once.
(cross-posted at iowntheworld.com)