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LONDON (April 16) - British singer Bryan Ferry apologized on Monday for remarks he made in an interview with a German newspaper in which he praised the Nazis' iconography as "just amazing" and "really beautiful."


Personally, I think Bryan Ferry is nothing but a nappy-headed ho.

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LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Bryan Ferry apologized on Monday for remarks he made in an interview with a German newspaper in which he praised Nazi iconography as "just amazing" and "really beautiful".

The 61-year-old lead singer of Roxy Music told Germany's Welt Am Sonntag newspaper last month: "The way that the Nazis staged themselves and presented themselves, my Lord!

"I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags -- just fantastic. Really beautiful."

In a statement, Ferry said he was "deeply upset" about the negative publicity the interview triggered, and added:

"I apologize unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective.

"I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent."

Jewish leaders in Britain, some of whom had condemned Ferry's comments and questioned whether he should be dropped by the Marks & Spencer retail chain that employs him as a model, welcomed Ferry's clarification.

"We do welcome the fact that he has issued a swift comment that there was no intention to condone the Nazi regime," said Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council.

"Nevertheless, his choice of language was deeply insensitive," he added.

Lord Greville Janner, vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, told Reuters: "His apology was total, appropriate and absolutely necessary. I hope that he will never make the same mistake again."

Marks & Spencer sought to distance itself from the row.

"We do not make comment on the private lives of any individuals that we work with nor does our commercial relationship with them mean we endorse any views they may hold," the group said in a statement. It had no further comment.

Riefenstahl was Adolf Hitler's official film maker who was both admired and condemned for her documentaries that pioneered film techniques but glorified Nazism.

Speer was an architect who served under Hitler.

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He was very lucky he was not arrested or detained. The Germans do not have the freedom's the we have.

Praising the Nazi's under any circumstances would give the average person a trip to the police station. There are other things not allowed, any Neo/Nazi emblems of any size, wearing a certain brand of sneakers(Nike or OP, I think) are a associated with the skin head/neo Nazi youth will get you a quick trip to the police station.

Even displaying their national flag on an unauthorized day, will give you trouble.

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I immeidietly thought when reading this elsewhere, "why on earth would Ferry condone the Nazi regime, when he comes from the same generation as Lennon, McCartney, and others who saw what ravages of war did to thier country and parents growing up during WWII". He probably should'nt have said anything since everything is taken out of context these days. It seems we have lost our ability to live, as well as laugh with each other. It's now all about "shock and awe"


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These celebrities should learn to restrain their comments to their areas of expertise...acting, music, comedy...See Maggie Gylenhall and her brilliant 9/11 comments.

As my friend Mel (Curlew on EC.Com says) "Edge-yots"-his dad's-A holocaust survivor's pronunciation of the word IDIOTS !-Ira.

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