Oliver Stone is best known for movies such as Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Nixon and Any Given Sunday. His films often explore the underbelly of capitalism and government corruption and cover-ups. Thought by many to be extremely liberal, Stone is stirring up quite a bit of controversy with his most recent comments about President Barack Obama.
While presenting remarks at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Japan, Stone reportedly said that, “Obama is a snake.” Those in the audience also said that Stone took it one step further by saying, “He’s a snake. And we have to turn on him.” It is unclear who the ‘we’ refers to in his comment.
Oliver Stone is known throughout Hollywood for his conspiracy theories and a vocal disdain for government officials. In fact, this is not the first time that he has made a scathing remark about President Obama. While on a book tour last year, he called the President “scary.”
The most recent remarks seem to stem from Stone’s dissatisfaction with the ways in which the US government and the Obama administration, in particular, handled the recent and still unresolved NSA surveillance controversy. Some feel that President Obama implicitly endorses policies that eradicate privacy and citizens’ rights to speak openly and freely against the government.
Whereas Stone condemns President Obama, he elevates supposed whistle blower, Eric Snowden. Stone said that he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing the right thing by offering Snowden asylum. He told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, “I’m proud of him for doing it…We need more countries to stand up to the U.S.”
It is not clear why Stone would use the occasion to express his disappointment, but many are outraged and perceive his remarks to be blatant disrespect for the highest elected official in the United States.