This one was bound to piss A LOT of people off.
Yesterday, we reported that Susan Sarandon made a comment at last weekends' Hamptons Film Festival, in which she described the current Pope as being a "Nazi," and then said it AGAIN for emphasis.
Here's what the National Director of the ADL Abraham H. Foxman had to say about it:
"[Her] comment is obscene. Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect from her."
"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."
"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."
And here's more from president of the Catholic League of America William Donohue:
"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. Sarandon’s comment is obscene. Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect from her."
Guess we'll find out soon whether or not Susan is going to apologize. We'll be honest, we're not 100% sure if she will!
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