24
Dec
07

Was Will Smith the victim of a press hit or does he really see the good in Hitler?

Probably NOT a Douchebag.

“Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘Let me do the most evil thing I can do today’.

“I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good’. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming.”

Those lines are attributed to Will Smith, star of I Am Legend.  Was he serious?  Did he really say that?  We certainly hope not! 

That last paragraph of the story shows a need to purchase the author of the piece a history book, too.

Hitler’s totalitarian leadership as Fuhrer during 1934 until his eventual suicide in 1945 resulted in the persecution of an estimated six million Jews in the Holocaust, and his invasion of Poland in 1939 led to the start of the Second World War.

Um, six million Jews didn’t simply face “persecution,” they and five million others were used as slave labor and murdered.  Persecution is an uneducated, at best, word choice, at worst, well, do the math.

The Anti-Defamation League is calling on Smith to apologize and Barack Obama, of all people, to refutiate Smith because Smith supports Obama.  While it would be good politics for Obama to point out the stupidity of the statement and the story, here’s a rather effective defense of Smith’s statement.

And Smith’s reps released a statement slamming the story and saying what every sane person thinks of Hitler.  This, coupled with Volokh’s argument and the complete lack of douchebaggery on Smith’s part throughout his life lends credence to the argument that the reporter, and we use the term loosely, saw an opportunity to make a story and name for himself and nothing more.  Based upon everything we know, the reporter (someone called WENN) is the clear douchebag here. 

So go see I Am Legend (no, we don’t have a stake in the movie, though we wish we did) because it looks pretty good.

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