Actress Susan Sarandon called Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi during a discussion session at the Hamptons Film Festival over the weekend.Sarandon, who won an Academy Award for her role in the 1995 anti-death penalty film "Dead Man Walking,” said she had sent a copy of the book on which the movie is based to the Pope."The last one. Not this Nazi one we have now," she reportedly told Newsday, referring to the German-born pontiff. She later repeated her remark at the Ciroc vodka-sponsored panel.A source tells Fox411.com that the crowd "didn't seem bothered" by Sarandon's words, and the discussion ended with the majority of the crowd praising her for everything from her work with UNICEF to her staunch support of Occupy Wall Street.However, the Catholic League of America was quick to slam Sarandon for her "obscene" words.“Susan Sarandon’s ignorance is willful: those who have hatred in their veins are not interested in the truth. The fact is that Joseph Ratzinger (the Pope) was conscripted at the age of 14 into the Hitler Youth, along with every other young German boy. Unlike most of the other teenagers, Ratzinger refused to go to meetings, bringing economic hardship to his family. Moreover, unlike most of the others, he deserted at the first opportunity,” the league’s President William Donohue said in a statement. “Sarandon’s comment is obscene. Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect from her.”Political commentator and film critic Michael Medved was also dismayed by the Nazi accusation.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Susan Sarandon Under Fire From Catholic, Jewish Groups for Calling Pope Benedict a 'Nazi'
Soon there will be no movies for me to pay and see on the big screen. What a shame such a gifted actress does not know that things said, if not scripted, can really make a difference of how one is thought of. This women made much money from the people she now wishes to call out. I will fight for the right of free speech for all, but that does not mean all should speak.