Jewish group calls off boycott of Will Smith movies

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

So much for that call for a boycott of Will Smith's movies. The Jewish Defense League has made an about-face on the matter.

In a statement posted on its Web site, the lobbying group says it is no longer demanding that people boycott "I Am Legend." It also backed off its call that theaters stop showing the film and that Hollywood executives shun any Smith projects.

In the posting, the JDL noted that Smith immediately issued a statement denouncing the way his comments to a Scottish newspaper were interpreted by various Internet celebrity gossip sites.

In a statement issued on Christmas Eve, the JDL called Smith's words "ignorant, detestable and offensive," not to mention "idiotic and insensitive." But in its new statement, issued yesterday, the JDL says it doesn't believe Smith "is a Jew-hater by any stretch of the imagination" but insists his comments "were offensive."

It also challenged Smith's original contention that there is goodness in everyone.

Interestingly, the group says it accepts Smith's "apology." However, the actor never actually apologized for what he said; only that he was angry that the comments were interpreted improperly by the Web sites that first reported on them.

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