ADL Says Susan Sarandon Should Apologize For Referring To Pope Benedict XVI As 'A Nazi'

New York, NY, October 17, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on actress Susan Sarandon to apologize to the Catholic community and all those she may have offended in referring to the current pope as "a Nazi." The League said the comment, as reported in news accounts, was "disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for."

In discussing her 1995 film "Dead Man Walking," Sarandon reportedly told an audience last week that she had sent a copy of the book on which the film is based to the Pope. "The last one," she said, "not this Nazi one we have now."

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We hope that Susan Sarandon will have the good sense to apologize to the Catholic community and all those she may have offended with this disturbing, deeply offensive and completely uncalled for attack on the good name of Pope Benedict XVI. 

Ms. Sarandon may have her differences with the Catholic Church, but that is no excuse for throwing around Nazi analogies.  Such words are hateful, vindictive and only serve to diminish the true history and meaning of the Holocaust.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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