My Jewcy thoughts on the controversy surrounding Will Smith’s Hitler comment.
“While I believe that Smith’s original comments express an acute philosophical and psychological naivety, I cannot partake in the indignation over the actor’s words. Smith may be clueless when it comes to understanding human nature, but to say that his words desecrate the memory of Hitler’s victims is clearly to overreact.
Note to the JDL— Will Smith is no Mel Gibson. The man was simply taking a general idea to its logical conclusion: Humans strive to do good, Hitler was a human, therefore Hitler strived to do good. This is not an anti-Semitic idea, as much as it is a fluffy statement about human behaviour. I am sure that Smith would have said the same of Bin-Laden, Stalin, Pol Pot, or Ganges Kahn.
Not convinced? Still want to boycott his movies and write to Obama? Well, I suggest you take up your anger with another person who famously said: “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” Her name, Anne Frank.”
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