Susan Sarandon Compares Pope To Nazi – Sarandon appears to have pulled up a chair at Hank Williams Jr. and Lars Von Trier’s table.
The activist-actress is in a harsh spotlight after describing Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi during an interview by actor Bob Balaban.
During the interview the “Dead Man Walking” Oscar winner said she’d sent a copy of that book to the pope – clarifying that she was talking about the previous pontiff, John Paul II, “Not this Nazi one we have now.”
After Balaban “tut-tutted” (in the words of Newsday), the actress repeated her comment. The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and the Anti-Defamation League were less than amused.
“Ms. Sarandon may have her differences with the Catholic Church, but that is no excuse for throwing around Nazi analogies,” ADL national director Abraham H. Foxman said Monday in a statement suggesting the actress apologize to the Catholic community. “Such words are hateful, vindictive and only serve to diminish the true history and meaning of the Holocaust.”
Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League told TMZ that the comments made by the Thelma & Louise star were “obscene”.
“Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) was conscripted into the Nazi Youth the way every other 14-year-old German boy was at the time,” Donohue explained.