Richard Belzer Nazi Salute: Slammed by Anti-Defamation League

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Richard Belzer is in a lot of trouble with the Anti-Defamation League.

The Jewish comedian/actor attended a TV festival in Monte Carlo yesterday and at one point stopped to flash the Nazi salute, saying soon afterward that the gesture was in honor of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, which spoofed Adolf Hitler.

Richard Belzer Picture

But Anti-Defamation League Director Abe Foxman is fuming over the action. A Holocaust survivor, Foxman tells TMZ, which also has a photo of the salute:

"Regardless of his explanation for his behavior, Richard Belzer’s imitation of Hitler was still inappropriate and offensive. It’s not the least bit funny, but there’s no law against it. Someone who is Jewish should know better and not disregard Jewish pain and tragedy just for the sake of a joke.”

Elsewhere, Mel Gibson said he approved of the gesture. Just kidding.

What do you think of Belzer's salute? Was it wrong?


If he wasn't of the Jewish faith, I could understand, people being pissed. It's similar to a black person saying the 'N' word, as opposed to a non-black, saying it. Get over it.


OMG. What happened to satire? Come of it Jews. The mans father was one of the men who fought at the UN to get a jewish state. He himself is a Jew. He was drawing reference to the Dictator, a classic pre-world war 2 ANTI-HITLER film. Honestly, over-sensitive much????


The worls needs too grow fucking up intent is the real measure of someones words or actions you cut a fart nowadays and your a evil doer we should put the proper outrage on the right people we are all assholes that say and do stupid things whatever happened to good ole common sense.