ADL backs Will Smith over Hitler remarks

The ADL released a statement saying it accepts the actor's explanation that he never praised Hitler in remarks the star says were misinterpreted.

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The Anti-Defamation League has released a statement saying it accepts Will Smith's explanation that he never praised Adolf Hitler in remarks the star says were misinterpreted. "We welcome and accept Will Smith's statement that Hitler was a 'vicious killer' and that he did not mean for his remarks about the Nazi leader to be mistaken as praise," Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the ADL said in a statement. Smith "took immediate steps to clarify his words" and condemn Hitler, Foxman said. Foxman said words "can be twisted by those with hate and bigotry in their hearts... this is why all celebrities bear a special responsibility to weigh their words carefully, and an obligation to speak out against racism and bigotry whenever even a whiff of it appears, as Will Smith has done in this instance," he said. The Daily Record, a Scottish newspaper, recently quoted Smith as saying: "Even 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.'"