From The Hollywood Reporter:
Sarandon was interviewed by Bob Balaban at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor on Saturday. She said she sent the pope a copy of the anti death penalty book, Dead Man Walking, authored by Sister Helen Prejean. Sarandon starred in the 1995 big-screen adaptation.
“The last one,” she said, “not this Nazi one we have now.”
Balaban tried to dance around the comment, but Sarandon just made it again, Newsday reports. The audience also laughed.
For the record, Ratzinger was 14 when he was conscripted into the Nazi Party (as were all boys his age) and was by all accounts, not an enthusiastic member. One may disagree with Ratzinger on a whole host of issues, but to call him a Nazi is absolutely outrageous. Ratzinger has absolutely no record of any racist behavior whatsover, and to tarnish him with a label like that is disgusting.
There is an obsession with being anti religious amongst liberal elites – a pious certainty they wield over the ignorant masses unable to buy Priuses or organic produce, convinced that their way of living is inherently superior. Believing in God is for the poor and stupid, and a Hollywood actress would never stoop to such pathetic lows. Sarandon, in her enlightened state of being, is certain that because the Pope does not believe in abortion or contraception, he must be an evil, nasty man.
There’s no need to look at his good work, his compassion for the poor and his opposition to human rights abuses. It doesn’t fit in with the stereo type Sarandon has chosen for him, so it must be ignored.
While Sarandon does a lot of good work in her spare time, she makes herself look stupid when resorting to name calling. The Pope, and his religion, are a mixed bag of good and bad. The Nazis, however, were evil, and Ratzinger is not that.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.