UK Liberty

Singer apologises because other people didn’t comprehend English

Posted in freedom of speech by ukliberty on April 17, 2007

I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent.

The Telegraph:

The former Roxy Music star, now a model for Marks & Spencer, had praised the look of the regime’s parades as well as the work of the Nazi architect Albert Speer in an interview with a German newspaper.

He told Welt am Sonntag: “The Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves.

“Leni Riefenstahl’s movies and Albert Speer’s buildings and the mass parades and the flags – just amazing. Really beautiful.”

Later, after some people had an English comprehension problem, Bryan Ferry said,

“I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective,” he said.

“I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent.”

Calls had been made for Marks & Spencer, for whom Ferry models clothes and which historically has Jewish links, to reconsider their contract with him.

Did he at any point express any support at all for the Nazis?

It seems not.

Did such things as Riefenstahl’s movies and Speer’s buildings ‘astonish him’ or cause him ‘great surprise’ or ‘wonder’?  (hint: see an English dictionary)

It seems so.

In my opinion it would be peculiar if you weren’t astonished or caused great surprise or wonder by such things.  Indeed that was, after all, a primary reason for being commissioned by the Nazis.

Nevertheless it seems that any such comment will be presented devoid of context, blown out of proportion, and accompanied by calls for your lynching, unless it is first prefaced and then later interspersed with promises that you find Nazis abhorrent.

I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent.

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  1. DVH said, on April 17, 2007 at 11:55 am

    IFTNEAA

    It often turns out, when you dig around, that the “furore” in these situations emanates from a very small number of people or organisations.

    The object of the hatred gets intimidated and generally flummoxed more by the media attention than by the criticism. If reporters are ringing up M&S, and asking whether he’s going to apologise, it probably seems a bigger issue than it really is.

    IFTNEAA


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