Will Smith has stunned the world by declaring that even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was essentially a "good" person.
The Men In Black star, 39, is determined to see the best in people, and is convinced the former German leader did not fully understand the extent of the pain and suffering his actions would cause during his time in power in the 1930s and '40s.
He says, "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."
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.
Note that the claim in the first bolded statement is in fact NOT supported by his actual quote. Of course, the PC police doesn't care as long as people keep saying 'ZOMG he likes teh NAZIS!!!!111' folks will think its true.
Calls for a boycott already started
On the day before Christmas, a leading Jewish group is kvetching loudly about Will Smith's recent suggestion that Adolf Hitler wasn't all bad, calling it "ignorant, detestable, and offensive." Oy.
And it doesn't end there ...
The Jewish Defense League is calling on Barack Obama to repudiate Smith's comments, and wants theaters to pull Smith's new flick "I Am Legend" from their screens. Smith told a Scottish paper that 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.'" What kind of meshuggeneh talk is that?!
Smith's words, say the JDL, "spit on the memory of every person murdered by the Nazis. His disgusting words stick a knife in the backs of every veteran who fought (and sometimes died) to save the world from the intentions of Adolf Hitler." Smith's rep could not be reached for comment.
Now, I don't think Smith is finished, for two reasons; One, he's black and its hard to call a black guy a nazi, and Two, its Christmas and it isn't likely anyone will pick this up until after the new year. I think what bugs me the most is the blatant spin on his quote to allow people to get offended and outraged over a non-defense of hitler.