Bryan Ferry apologizes for Nazi remarks

LONDON (Reuters) – British singer Bryan Ferry apologized on Monday for remarks he made in an interview with a German newspaper in which he praised the Nazis’ iconography as “just amazing” and “really beautiful”.

The 61-year-old lead singer of Roxy Music told Germany’s Welt Am Sonntag newspaper last month: “The way that the Nazis staged themselves and presented themselves, my Lord!

“I’m talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags — just fantastic. Really beautiful.”

In a statement, Ferry said he was “deeply upset” about the negative publicity the interview triggered, and added:

I apologize unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective.

“I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent.”

Jewish leaders in Britain, some of whom had condemned Ferry’s comments and questioned whether he should be dropped by the Marks & Spencer retail chain that employs him as a model, welcomed Ferry’s clarification.

“We do welcome the fact that he has issued a swift comment that there was no intention to condone the Nazi regime,” said Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council. Continued…

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  1. Anonymous
    Pubblicato 19 giugno 2007 alle 8:11 AM | Link Permanente

    who cares. ferry didn’t mean they were great people, he meant how they presented themselves. god, people are soo over sensitive. get over it you dumb ass’. ww2 ended over 60 years ago. the nazis aren’t the only group who have butchered people but you’d think they were. “oh no, the nazis.” get over it idiots.

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