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Lars von Trier unapologizes for Nazi comments at Cannes

Lars von Trier unapologizes for Nazi comments at Cannes (photo)

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Oh c’mon Lars, what are you doing? You already apologized for saying that you were a Nazi and that you understood and sympathized with Hitler. Okay, so you were banned from Cannes anyway. But apologizing was the right thing to do, even if you were really just making a very dumb, ill-advised joke in the first place. Dumb jokes sometimes require apologies.

That should have been the end of all the controversy, but controversial director Lars von Trier stirred it all up again this week in an interview with GQ about his new film “Melancholia.” As quoted by Entertainment Weekly, here’s what von Trier had to say this time:

“I can’t be sorry for what I said — it’s against my nature… To say I’m sorry for what I said is to say I’m sorry for what kind of a person I am, [and that] I’m sorry for my morals, and that would destroy me as a person… I’m not sorry. I am not sorry for what I said. 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.”

He sort of couches it at the end there, by saying he is sorry that his joke (which you can read in full here) was taken out-of-context. And on some level, I understand what he’s saying; this guy is an artist who sometimes makes films about unpopular ideas, and as an artist, he has to have the freedom to do so. On the other hand, I don’t think an artist is above making an apology when he says something really offensive (or, in this case, really stupid). I don’t see why it’s such a big deal. Maybe it’s a problem for LvT because even if he says he’s sorry and means it, he’s still going to do it again. The man has foot-in-mouth-disease.

Personally, I’m sick of having to describe von Trier as “controversial director Lars von Trier.” At this point the controversial part goes without saying. We might as well just start calling controversial directors “von Trierish.”

What do you think of LvT’s comments about his comments? Leave us your own comment below or write to us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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