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Lars Von Trier Makes Extensive Apology For Nazi Comments

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Looks like he genuinely feels awful about what he said.

Earlier today, we learned that Melancholia director Lars von Trier was kicked out of Cannes for comments about being a Nazi and sympathizing with Hitler.

Now, Lars has opened up about his comments, and he seems to be VERY apologetic:

"I'm really sincere when I say I don't really know what hit me. I can understand if you take things out of context. This was very sarcastic and very rude, but that's very Danish. I'm very sorry that it's being taken the wrong way. I must say that I believe strongly that the Holocaust is the worst crime against humanity ever, and I do not sympathize with Hitler one second."

"I didn't want to hurt anyone at all [with this]. Sometimes I hurt people on purpose, when there's provocation that I want to get through that has a meaning. This doesn't have a meaning. I've studied how bad the Jews have been treated in [places such as] Poland and France. This is something that matters very much to me. And this was an idiotic way to behave."

At least he acknowledges that his behavior was idiotic. More from Lars:

"The reason why it's so big, especially here, is that France has had a problematic relationship with Jews, and you [as an interview subject] shouldn't touch such things. But on the other hand, being a cultural radical, you should touch such things."

"It's a major thing at the festival, and very problematic for the festival. And that's a little strange, because even if I was Hitler, what does that have to do with my film being here? It's a festival for films, not for directors."

And more from Lars, clearly feeling bad about the whole situation:

"I don't deserve to win a [Palme d'Or]."

"I'm not sure I'll leave Denmark again."

And here's Lars on his Jewish background:

"Half my life I've made very many Jewish jokes because when you are Jewish, you're allowed to do that. And now I feel kind of in-between."

"I'm very much into the Jewish stuff. Even when I found out I'm not Jewish by my genes, all my children have Jewish names. I'm actually — too Jewish….Oh….Don't write that. I'm just an idiot that should just say home in Denmark and never talk to anybody."

His comments at Cannes were REALLY awful…..but we'll admit that it sounds like he wasn't serious.

What do U think about Lars von Trier's apology? Do U think he sounds sincere?

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22 comments to “Lars Von Trier Makes Extensive Apology For Nazi Comments”

  1. 1

    Didn't work for Mel Gibson. Why should "frenchie" be any different?

  2. 2

    Really? He's sincerely sorry people got so mad that they kicked his Nazi butt out of Cannes. How do you not know what got into you and you start proclaiming your love for Hitler? Please.

  3. 3

    I think he is sincerely eating crow and regretting having his mouth engage before his brain. I think it is interesting to note the undercurrent that he points out, which may have exacerbated the situation… but in the end, stop.. breath… think…. speak, you'll have less regret and need to hang your head in shame.

  4. 4

    Everybody is making such a big deal about this!! He was joking for gods sake..
    But I guess not everybody gets his humor.. Danish humor is very sarcastic,.. So here in Denmark, we kinda had a laugh about it because we KNOW that he didn't mean it like that and he was joking.. Then of course, the tone in his voice could say otherwise, but that is just Lars. He talks very seriously, even when he's joking..

  5. buck says – reply to this


    yea right Lars, we believe you…next thing you know Lars will try something really idiotic and suggests we re-draw the Palestine/Israel border back to pre-1967.

  6. 6

    "Poodle with a Re: poodlewithamohawk – He is NOT french, he is DANISH! He just happened to make the stupid comments in France. it did not work for Mel because he made several racist remarks in close proximity to each other which people rightfully held him accountable for. That is not to say Lars' comments were not offenisve and should be excused.

  7. 7

    No thats not sarcasm, i am from Denmark and I didn't find it funny. It was just stupid, and a lame way to get attention. Lars is a fucking idiot..

  8. 8

    Yeah, he's sorry, and sincere. Everyone is when they face losing their liveleyhood. But the bigger point is, never even think something bad about a jew or you'll be blackballed. We can talk shit about women, gays, blacks, cripples, but think a negative thought about a jew and you are toast.

  9. 9

    To coin a phrase - blown out of proportion.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    I totally got that it was dark and very Danish humor, and as is done today, it was jumped on by people who wouldn't recognize or would refuse to acknowledge context even if it jumped up and down in front of their faces. It was a sincere and genuine apology. Gawd. People are human. Give it a rest. Even life long trained diplomats mess up.

  11. 11

    @hoochpit - tell that to Michael Richards.

    I think this guy was trying to be funny. It didn't work out. It's hard to tell jokes in other than your native language and with people who don't understand your culture and vocal inflections.

  12. 12

    I must admit that his comment about Hitler was EXTREMLY stupid - bud as a dane I also have to say, that it is very danish to be sarcastic like that - and only danes understand it…

  13. 13

    Re: kabuki girl – You're right. I mixed him up with the Dior designer. By the way, I can read without the use of caps. Please relax and have some saki.

  14. 14

    He sounds like a conflicted 13 yr old. Another boring narcissist.

  15. 15

    I don't think it's okay to say this shit … But I'm danish as well, and I know that this is ment as a joke and therefore I do not take it seriously… But using danish sarcasm is NOT okay! I would never use danish sarcasm to someone who wouldn't understand, and every Dane should know this !
    But still … give it a rest, the guy is sorry, he made a mistake and didn't even mean the shit he said :)

  16. 16

    Oh fuck you, Perez. You get your panties in a knot anytime someone makes a gay joke… even if it is CLEARLY a joke and the person is not homophobic in any way, shape or form… yet when someone spouts a bunch of offensive verbal diarrhea about sympathizing with Hitler and how Israel is a pain in the ass, and then offers an apology because he got in trouble for it, you think it's totally cool.
    I'm completely pro-gay rights. And I don't necessarily think that Von Trier is anti-semitic. But seriously Perez? This is what bugs me - you whine about homosexuals not having the right to say I do, yet we also live in a world where there is still such blatant anti-semitism and glorification of such extreme violence against a group of people because of their cultural/religious background. And that you can accept a public apology for. Disgusting. Seriously.

  17. 17

    There isn't anything REMOTELY suggesting sarcasm in his delivery. Look at the actresses faces-both of them look like they're cringing and Dunst looks downright pissed. Find the camera angle of the interview that shows both actresses. THEY certainly don't think he's joking. Trier has a LONG history of staggering ignorance and vile hatred-he's a virulent antiAmerican, so this does not at all surprise me. And ignorance plus hate equals NAZI. And, listen to his comments about Jews. He actually admits that he's made horrible jokes about Jews his whole life. Then he says he is a Jew, but then says he isn't. Clearly, the man has a problem with Jews. And, now he's pathetically over compensating(he gave his kids Jewish name! Riiiggght)Remember, Europe is horribly antisemitic. He thought he could get away with it because he was in Europe, but he was wrong! Go back to your shitty little country and never leave.

  18. 18

    If you actually read the entire interview… it was OBVIOUS that he was joking. While people might take issue with the subject, it was still a joke. The unfortunate thing is that websites, including this one, only posted the "juicy bits" to incite the masses. Any innocuous statement can sound evil if cut and present it that way.

  19. 19

    He's a complete idiot. I watched the interview. Kirsten Dunst kept looking at him like he was an insane moron when he made the comments. Most of the movie industry is run by jews, you would have to be an idiot to bad mouth jews, claim your a nazi, and sympathize with Hitler in front of the film industry. What an F@#ing moron.. He unfortunately got what he deserved, joking or not.

  20. 20

    Poor guy. Most of us have made an ass of ourselves at least once. Very unfortunate for him it turned out to be at that moment… I hope he can recover — I don't doubt his sincerity for a moment.

  21. 21

    I don't consider him to be a nazi or antisemitic. I will probably watch his new film (the trailer looked good).

  22. 22

    Why didn't Kirsten just turn to him and tell him to shut the hell up? She just sat there and squirmed….sort of reminds you of pre WW2 Europe when crap like this was overlooked and written off…to the detriment of the Jewish race.