Lars von Trier banned from Cannes after Nazi comments

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Oh, Lars. Do you see where completely inappropriate jokes that aren't even funny to begin with get you? That's right: they get you booted from the most prestigious film festival in the world. (Maybe it's because France has kind of an awkward history with Nazis? Just guessing.) Because even though von Trier apologized for his "I'm a Nazi, I understand where Hitler was coming from," comments, the Cannes Film Festival has decided that he is no longer welcome. Possibly forever:

The board of directors profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars von Trier to express comments that are unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the festival. The Board of Directors firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars von Trier a persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, with effect immediately.

Shiiiiiiiiit. I didn't think people even used the term "persona non grata" in its original sense anymore. I know some people will see this as overkill, especially since it was pretty obvious that von Trier was doing his usual "look at me, I'm being so naughty" shtick, but… come on. The dude said "I am a Nazi," and while he's totally free to say it, or be it, there are repercussions to that kind of statement, especially when said in a country that only came out from under Nazi control sixty-seven years ago. And like I said, it wasn't funny — it was just awkward. Plus, I'm sure he'll be welcomed back soon enough, because he's an auteur and those guys seem to get passes on a lot of things.

Besides: it's not really transgressing unless you get some blowback, right, Lars?