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Lars Von Trier isn't genuinely sorry about anything except that one bird

09.20.2011

Hey, remember that one time that Lars Von Trier said this then made Kirsten Dunst really uncomfortable:

"I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew.... I really wanted to be a Jew, and then I found out that I was really a Nazi.... Which also gave me some pleasure.... What can I say? I understand Hitler. But I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely.... I'm just saying I think I understand the man. He's not what you would call a good guy but I...yeah, I understand much about him and I sympathize with him a little bit.... Okay, I'm a Nazi."

During an interview with GQ, the interviewer showed Von Trier the video of himself saying these things during the Cannes Film Festival while doing press for MELANCHOLIA. This is the outline of the play by play as he watchest:

...What can I say? I understand Hitler...

"Oh fuck."

...he did some wrong things...

"That's an understatement..."

...I sympathize with him...

"Oh fuck..."

We don't make it to the end.

"This is why I shouldn't do interviews—I should just shut up and I should do my films. This was terrible to listen to."

Then again, the guy has never felt genuinely sorry for anything as he told GQ. Von Trier explained, "I don't think there is a right or wrong thing to say. I think that anything can be said. That is very much me. The same with film—anything can be done in a film. If it can be thought in the human mind, then it could be said and it could be seen on a film. Of course you get troubles for it afterwards, that's for sure, but that doesn't make it wrong. To say I'm sorry for what I said is to say I'm sorry for what kind of a person I am, I'm sorry for my morals, and that would destroy me as a person. It's not true. I'm not sorry. I am not sorry for what I said. I'm sorry that it didn't come out more clearly. I'm not sorry that I made a joke, but I'm sorry that I didn't make it clear that it was a joke. But I can't be sorry for what I said—it's against my nature."

To check out the whole interview, head here. It's a good read.

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Source: GQ

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9:28AM on 09/21/2011
I agree with Von Trier but thenm again i guess i was the only one who understood what he was saying and how he meant it.
I agree with Von Trier but thenm again i guess i was the only one who understood what he was saying and how he meant it.
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1:47AM on 09/21/2011

I'm a jew...

But i still like this guy he makes awesome movies. FUckin everybody hates jews. So what else is new LOL?
But i still like this guy he makes awesome movies. FUckin everybody hates jews. So what else is new LOL?
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11:24PM on 09/20/2011
I agree in part. Some people should just be allowed to say what they say...if it fits with who they are, and I do think that was one of Von Trier's signature colorful moments...but I don't think someone like me should say something like that, because that would be totally out of character. I have friends who are quite irreverent and pay little mind to who their audience is. I am not one of those people. But I think he is.
I agree in part. Some people should just be allowed to say what they say...if it fits with who they are, and I do think that was one of Von Trier's signature colorful moments...but I don't think someone like me should say something like that, because that would be totally out of character. I have friends who are quite irreverent and pay little mind to who their audience is. I am not one of those people. But I think he is.
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10:59PM on 09/20/2011

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@ ItchyBarracuda:

I don't think anyone actually agrees with what he said, that's not why many (including me) are sticking by him and saying, good for him for sticking to his principles. The point is not what he said, but that he made something that was clearly a joke, a bad one, maybe tasteless, but still a joke, and because of the subject he chose to joke about, he got banned from the biggest film festival of the world. As a fan of free speech, I don't see where you get lost at why people
@ ItchyBarracuda:

I don't think anyone actually agrees with what he said, that's not why many (including me) are sticking by him and saying, good for him for sticking to his principles. The point is not what he said, but that he made something that was clearly a joke, a bad one, maybe tasteless, but still a joke, and because of the subject he chose to joke about, he got banned from the biggest film festival of the world. As a fan of free speech, I don't see where you get lost at why people think it's a great thing that he's sticking by what he believes in.

It was a joke, he didn't express himself clearly (that's also obvious when you watch the video) and because he said "OK I'm a Nazi" (after saying he wanted to be a Jew, which everyone seems to glance over) he gets banned. It's completely ridiculous.

I'm sure you know that saying "I don't agree with what you say but I'll defend your right to say it" ... that's all this is.
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9:27PM on 09/20/2011
I'm still a little lost at why people think "YEAH, GOOD FOR YOU MAN! STICKIN 2 UR PRINCIPLES!"

You know, I'm a fan of free speech. That includes people being able to voice their disdain toward someone's expression of free speech, which is free speech in itself.

The real question here is, those who think he's great for saying these things, where do they stand? Do they legitimately agree with what he's said, which is why they support him? We're talking about a guy that said he was a Nazi
I'm still a little lost at why people think "YEAH, GOOD FOR YOU MAN! STICKIN 2 UR PRINCIPLES!"

You know, I'm a fan of free speech. That includes people being able to voice their disdain toward someone's expression of free speech, which is free speech in itself.

The real question here is, those who think he's great for saying these things, where do they stand? Do they legitimately agree with what he's said, which is why they support him? We're talking about a guy that said he was a Nazi here, joke or not. That's...not really that funny. I mean come on...

Why does anyone support a guy that joked so ineptly about something like this?
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7:13PM on 09/21/2011
you sound feuhrerious
you sound feuhrerious
5:12AM on 09/22/2011
HercZanzibar, that was such a nastzi joke to make.
HercZanzibar, that was such a nastzi joke to make.
8:42PM on 09/20/2011
Great to hear Von Trier sticking to his guns. I think that his comment was taken out of context and was clearly a joke.
Great to hear Von Trier sticking to his guns. I think that his comment was taken out of context and was clearly a joke.
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8:30PM on 09/20/2011
Maybe he should be sorry for all those glorified perfume commercials her calls his movies.
Maybe he should be sorry for all those glorified perfume commercials her calls his movies.
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8:00PM on 09/20/2011

Nice

Good for him to sticking to his principles. It was obviously a joke and people need to get over it.
Good for him to sticking to his principles. It was obviously a joke and people need to get over it.
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