It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Will Smith, but stranger things have been known to happen. Smith made the following recent comment about a certain Mr. Hitler:
“Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘Let me do the most evil thing I can do today.’ … I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good.”
And then the world explodes and Jewish groups plus swarms of easily agitated idiot Americans come up with stuff like this:
“It spits on the memory of every person murdered by the Nazis. His disgusting words stick a knife in the backs of every veteran who fought (and sometimes died) to save the world from the intentions of Adolf Hitler”
“Adolph Hitler was a vile, heinous, vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet.”
And so on. Now, are these people all complete fucking morons or is it just a slow day for them? Smith did NOT defend Hitler, he just mentioned the pretty well accepted fact that people will generally rationalise their own behaviour as being for the “good”. Nobody is a “villain” in their own minds – to get through the day, everybody has to put themselves as the hero of their own story, however far from reality that story is.
And anyway Hitler wasn’t a “killer” – he gave the orders but technically he didn’t actually kill anybody himself. It was the military apparatus and the mindset he created and encouraged that did the actual killing. And the dude was democratically elected, so we can probably legitimately blame all Germans who were of voting age in the 1930s for all the extreme nastiness that Hilter caused to pass. And if I’m wrong in this analysis, then please point out where before tearing my head off.
If Smith had chosen say, Scaramanga as an example of a villain then nobody would complain. Bad luck on him that he choose Hilter and got the twitchy idiots all a bit twitchier.
Let me summarise: Smith did NOT say that what Hitler did was good. Smith said that, in Hitler’s own mind, the man constructed a world-view that made his own behaviour appear reasonable. I don’t either condone what happened in Germany in the 30s and 40s any more than Smith does, but for fuck’s sake people, you can’t shoot down a basic fact about human psychology just because it happens to be applied to a certain very disturbed individual currently chosen as evil incarnate.
So, idiots of the world – why don’t you all read the fucking text next time and think about it for 10 seconds before flying of the handle?
And please send all letter bombs to the usual address. Thank you.