ADL Statement on the Honorary Oscar to Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard

New York, NY, November 1, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present an honorary Oscar to filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard on November 13:

As has been reported, Jean-Luc Godard was sporadically anti-Semitic throughout his career. While a brilliant filmmaker, he is a flawed individual, and the flaw is his bigotry.

Godard’s anti-Semitism does not negate the totality of his work, but it certainly should not qualify him for special recognition. For this reason, the Academy’s decision to present him with an honorary Oscar is regrettable.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.