Guardian loon compares Zero Dark Thirty director to Nazis

Kathryn Bigelow is directly compared to Nazi era German director and propagandist Leni Riefenstahl

by Yorker on 5 January 2013 14:11

Even by the laughably poor standards of Guardian columnist Naomi Wolf, her recent column on Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow is spectacularly ludicrous.

The top and bottom of it is that because the movie allows for the possibility that heavy-handed CIA interrogation techniques might sometimes have yielded important information -- of the kind that led to the capture of Osama bin Laden, for example -- Bigelow is akin to a Nazi propagandist.

In fact she is directly compared to the famous Nazi era German director and propagandist Leni Riefenstahl:

"It may seem extreme to make comparison with this other great, but profoundly compromised film-maker," says Wolf, "but there are real echoes. When Riefenstahl began to glamorize the National Socialists, in the early 1930s, the Nazis' worst atrocities had not yet begun; yet abusive detention camps had already been opened to house political dissidents beyond the rule of law – the equivalent of today's Guantánamo, Bagram base, and other unnameable CIA "black sites". And Riefenstahl was lionised by the German elites and acclaimed for her propaganda on behalf of Hitler's regime."

Oh dear. What do you say to this sort of rubbish? Arbeit Macht Complete Loon?

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