Oliver Stone(d)

For a man who was unable to “see” the evil of the Stalinist state of Cuba in 2004,

But I do maintain that if it were a Stalinist state … they certainly do a great job of concealing it.

and found it hilarious that Fidel Castro was counseling political prisoners while Stone recorded them as “actors” in a film,

Anne-Louise Bardach: Did it strike you as interesting that at one point in the scene with the prisoners, Castro turned to the prisoners’ defense lawyers, who just happened to be there, and he says, “I urge you to do your best to reduce the sentences”?

Oliver Stone: I love that. I thought that was hilarious. Those guys just popped up.

ALB: Is there a show-trial element here?

OS: Yeah. I thought that was funny, I did—the prosecutor and Fidel admonishing them, to make sure they worked hard. There was that paternalism. I mean “father knows best,” as opposed to totalitarianism. It’s paternalism, that’s what I meant. It’s a Latin thing.”

Stone all of a sudden can see with clarity.  Oliver Stone to RT: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’

Useful idiot.

Quotes taken from a 2004 Slate interview with Oliver Stone, which I previously mentioned here.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/30 at 11:20 AM
  1. Unbelievable 2004 interview you’ve linked there! But I must point out that calling the guy “Oliver Stone(d)” is an insult to stoners everywhere.  There’s no way a little smoke - or a lot of it - ever made anybody so perversely stupid and cavalierly evil.

    You’ve excerpted the worst of the evil from the interview. Here’s a sample of the ubiquitous stupid:

    I think it would be a mistake to see [Castro] as a Ceausescu. I would compare him more to Reagan and Clinton. … They were both tall and had great shoulders, and so does Fidel.

    Wow. He ignored completely the cigar angle that makes Castro just like Groucho (with bonus “Marx” connection), but perhaps that’s treated in the movie.

    I think I’ll wait ‘til tomorrow to read Stone’s Orwellian state stuff as I think I’ve already exceeded some sort of maximum daily dosage here. I feel a little woozy.  Maybe I need a snack.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  12/30  at  01:39 PM
  2. But I must point out that calling the guy “Oliver Stone(d)” is an insult to stoners everywhere.

    You’re correct, Linda, and I apologize.

    Posted by John Venlet  on  12/30  at  02:16 PM

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