Jewish group rips Will Smith over comments

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Will Smith may be upset with some Web gossip sites. But the Jewish Defense League is hot with him over the comments he made in a Scottish newspaper about Adolf Hitler.

The JDL rips into Smith in a release posted on its Web site on Christmas Eve.

After quoting Smith's comments, the group says what the actor says is "ignorant, detestable and offensive." It goes on to say that Smith's words -- quoting here -- "spit on the memory of every person murdered by the Nazis" and "stick a knife in the backs of every veteran" who fought against the Nazi regime.

The statement goes on to add that Smith saying what he says "is like a Jew saying that James Earl Ray...was basically a good person who did a 'bad thing'."

It doesn't stop with the written tongue-lashing. The JDL is calling for movie theaters to stop showing Smith's film "I Am Legend," for the public to boycott it and for Hollywood executives to cancel Smith's future projects.

Also on Christmas Eve, Smith issued a statement saying his comments were misconstrued by the Web sites. It's unclear whether the JDL position will change in view of the actor's defense of his statements.

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