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.

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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