Roxy Music frontman and current Marks & Spencer model, Bryan Ferry, has apologised for comments he made in which he praised the German Nazi regime as “really beautiful” and “just amazing”.
The 61-year-old singer, who has recently released a Bob Dylan covers album told German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag: “My dear gentlemen, the Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves. Leni Riefenstahl’s movies and Albert Speer’s buildings and the mass parades and the flags – just amazing. Really beautiful.”
During the interview, Ferry also indicated that his West London recording studio is nicknamed the “fuhrerbunker”.
But now, Ferry has said in a statement he was “deeply upset”.
“I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective,” he said. “I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent.”
Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council said: “We do welcome the fact that he has issued a swift comment that there was no intention to condone the Nazi regime.”
Earlier some Jewish leaders called for Ferry to be dropped by Marks & Spencer.
“It is deeply offensive when people think they can joke about the Nazis,” said Labour Peer Lord Janner. “Riefenstahl was part of the Nazi movement and the Nazis were murderers – and the mass parades he refers to make me vomit.”
Lord Janner added: “Marks & Spencer should have a serious rethink about employing him. This man should stick to singing and stay away from making offensive comments of this sort. Any praise of the Nazis is not acceptable in the Jewish world.”
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