September 20, 2011
Oh Lars, just shut it already!
Once again Danish director Lars Von Trier is running his mouth and running amok.
“I’m not sorry. I am not sorry for what I said,” he reportedly told GQ. “I’m sorry that it didn’t come out more clearly. I’m not sorry that I made a joke. But I’m sorry that I didn’t make it clear that it was a joke.”
As I wrote at the time, Von Trier’s statements sounded more like a thoughtless ramble than the feelings of an anti-Semite—for goodness sake, the director admitted he believed himself to be Jewish for quite a long time and that he had been “very happy being a Jew”. Just don’t get him started on Israel, which he called, “a pain in the ass.”
His recent clarification, which no doubt will be misconstrued (it’s already being called a “retraction”) strikes me as having the same tone as the statement he made after Cannes banned him from the festival: “I’m very proud of being persona non grata. I’ve never been that before in my life, and that suits me extremely well…I’m known for provocations.”
Indeed, which means, ignore.