Richard Belzer blasted for making Hitler salute at TV festival – but says it’s okay because he’s Jewish
The actor/comedian called it ‘satire,’ but an Anti-Defamation League official said it was ‘inappropriate and offensive.’
“Satire” and “irony” may be part of Richard Belzer’s vocabulary, but “double standard” is one term the “Law & Order” actor may need to freshen up on.
The Jewish actor/comedian caused a stir Tuesday when he flashed a Nazi salute and put two fingers to his upper lip in a mock Hitler moustache at a TV festival in Monte Carlo.
But Belzer is hardly apologizing for his behavior, instead insisting that he’s entitled to make such loaded gestures.
“To say that a Jew can’t do that gesture as homage to Chaplin’s masterpiece, ‘The Great Dictator,’ is like Muslim extremists killing a cartoonist for disparaging Mohammed in his art,” he said in a statement issued to TMZ.
Belzer claimed he was referencing Charlie Chaplin’s satirical film when he made the mocking gesture.
The 67-year-old added that his “grandfather represented Israel in the UN before it was made a nation,” and that “there’s this new thing out, it’s called satire, irony and historical reference.”
The Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism, isn’t laughing, however.