The Anti-Defamation League criticized filmmaker Oliver Stone for comments he made to The Sunday Times of London that the group considers anti-Semitic.
"Oliver Stone has once again shown his conspiratorial colors with his comments about 'Jewish domination of the media' and control over U.S. foreign policy. His words conjure up some of the most stereotypical and conspiratorial notions of undue Jewish power and influence," Abraham H. Foxman, the ADL national director, said in a statement. "This is the most absurd kind of analysis and shows the extent to which Oliver Stone is willing to propound his anti-Semitic and conspiratorial views."
"In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret. Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry. The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity - and it was an atrocity."
During an interview for his new documentary, South of the Border, the British newspaper asked why there was such a focus on the Holocaust in Hollywood. Stone pointed to "the Jewish domination of the media. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f----- up United States foreign policy for years."
The American Jewish Committee also issued a statement regarding Stone's comment, calling him an anti-Semite and comparing him to Mel Gibson.
"By invoking this grotesque, toxic stereotype, Oliver Stone has outed himself as an anti-Semite," David Harris, the group's executive director, said in a statement. "For all of Stone's progressive pretensions, his remark is no different from one of the drunken, Jew-hating rants of his fellow Hollywood celebrity, Mel Gibson."
Earlier this year, Stone caused controversy for calling Adolf Hitler an "easy scapegoat" at a television critics conference.