Will Smith: “Hitler was a good person” (oops!)

Will Smith’s dumb-dumb quote of the year. This should help the ticket sales of his new movie. NOT!


Will Smith: ‘Hitler Was a Good Person’
Posted Sat. Dec. 22, 2007 11:40am by Jana Winter

Will Smith has disappointed us in ways we could’ve never imagined.

In an interview, the 39-year-old family man and former-all around good guy says he sees the good in everyone, including Adolf Hitler.

“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’. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming,” Smith told the Daily Record.

Um, yeah, except for the whole killing six million Jews thing.

Will, you’ve broken our hearts.

It’s you that needs reprogramming.


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12 Responses to “Will Smith: “Hitler was a good person” (oops!)”

  1. Nita Says:

    That’s not a dumb dumb quote. It’s the truth. Hitler did not wake up every day thinking that he was going to do evil for the sake of evil. Hitler woke up every day thinking that all the evil he was perpetrating was for the sake of Good. Now, Hitler’s definition of good might not be yours or mine, but that’s not the point.

    Will Smith is also right that Hitler needed reprogramming, though I don’t think of the Scientology kind.

    Don’t be a knee-jerker. You mention the Holocaust of the Jews (while ignoring the other non-Jews who died as well because they were targeted) — but I bet you would get pretty upset if someone turned this whole thing around on the Jews themselves regarding Christ’s death. Did the Jews intend to do evil, did the priests wake up expecting to do evil when they lied about an innocent man in order to get rid of him? Did the Jews intend to do evil, did the common people wake up expecting to do evil when they took bribes in the form of tossed money in order to help condemn an innocent man to death while calling for the release of a real criminal, Barabbas? Did the Pontius Pilate wake up intending to do evil? or the soldiers who scourged him? Did Judas think that his betrayal was an act of evil?

    Everybody in that story thought they were doing Good, even if it was the Good of having a little coin to eat that day. No one was intentionally acting evil, they just had their own ideas of what ‘good’ meant. Unfortunately, people suffered.

    But go ahead and kneejerk off of a misquote. Just ask yourself why someone would intentionally misquote Will Smith for a catchy headline. Were they committing evil, or did that copy editor think he was doing ‘good’ (or at least, non-evil)?

  2. johnnygriswold Says:

    Nita, that’s the dumbest comment I’ve ever read. Who cares what Hitler woke up thinking about? The fact of the matter is, Hitler wanted ALL Jews dead. He only got around to killing 6 milliion of them. Evil is wrong in any form. We’re not talking about Christians here. We’re talking about a dumb quote from Will Smith. You’re a lunatic if you say, “Except for the slaughter of 6 million Jews and the desire to spread Nazism through Europe and the entire world, Hitler wasn’t a bad guy. He just needed reprogramming.” hahaha. Maybe YOU need reprogramming.

  3. Nita Says:

    Why are people afraid of what Will Smith really said?

    Johnny, what your paraphrasing is not what Will Smith said and isn’t close to what Will Smith said. Will Smith condemned what Hitler actually did — reread the quote:

    “I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was ‘good’. ”

    Will Smith is saying that no matter what anyone else thought of the consequences of Hitler’s actions, Hitler HIMSELF was able to justify those consequences by telling himself that those actions were for the Greater Good. Will Smith is being wise. Will Smith is obviously a student of human nature — I guess that’s why he’s such a great actor.

    People justify consequences everyday. Mother Theresa, who otherwise is a saint among saints, took money from brutal dictators like Haiti’s Papa Doc and Baby Doc because she thought that the ends (saving the poor and the neglected of Calcutta) justified the means (taking what was in effect blood money skimmed from the suffering of the poor and neglected and political victims elsewhere). Did Mother Theresa wake up everyday and say ‘I’m going to commit an evil act, and perpetuate the suffering of others elsewhere’ or did Mother Theresa wake up everyday saying ‘I’m going to commit acts of good, even if it means taking an evil act and turning it to do some good elsewhere’ — which thought process is the correct thought process?

    Likewise, President George W. Bush did not wake up in the morning and say ‘I’m going to commit acts of reprehensible evil’ when he and his family stole the presidency with the help of big brother Jeb and the United States Supreme Court (and later, Diebold). He thought he was going to best his father, gain his father’s respect, and do God and Israel’s will by making up b.s. about Iraq in order to invade and finish business. George W. Bush is not an evil man perpetrating evil for the sake of evil, the evil that came of his actions came from a personal base of ‘this is for the Greater Good’.

    Stalin killed intellectuals for the Greater Good. Joseph McCartney led witchhunts against communists for the Greater Good. John Brown and Nat Turner thought that killing slaveowners was for the Greater Good. American slaveowners thought that enslaving two entire races was for the Greater Good — and successfully pushed schooltexts years after the fact saying just that.

    Margaret Sanger pushed for abortion because, for her, ‘Greater Good’ could only come about with an efficient eugenics program to lessen the numbers of the poor (of any race) and non-whites in society. Likewise, abortion bombers think that the ‘Greater Good’ is served by blowing up buildings and killing doctors and shaming the frightened women who are just looking for an easy way out of their problems.

    We can even break it down to illegal aliens versus legal alien applicants versus citizens. Or the September 11th attacks. Or My Lai/Gulf of Tonkin (to bring it back home with a twofer). Or the agribusiness (to bring it to the mundane). Or Andrea Yates (to bring it to the personal).

    Whatever society may think of any of these people’s goals is irrelevant in regards to Will Smith’s full quote. What matters is ‘do they THINK they are commiting acts of Evil? or do they think they are committing acts of Good?’

    The answer is usually going to be the latter. People can convince themselves of anything.

    Nothing Will Smith said is wrong. People need to stop being afraid of admitting that Adolf Hitler was a human being. When people refuse to accept that Adolf Hitler was a human being, with human reactions and goals and foibles and even things to recommend him — people commit the greater crime of refusing to accept that ANYONE can turn into an Adolf Hitler. He was not a supernatural being who committed atrocities unseen in human history (people elsewhere have already noted that people like Stalin ran all over Hitler in terms of victims; there’s also the little matter of the Romans and the Aztecs); anybody can go down the road Adolf Hitler did. The true goal is to recognize Hitler’s human mistakes, and avoid those human mistakes.

    Will Smith is ultimately saying that people can convince themselves that they are in the right. He is also saying that with outreach, people can change their minds and commit true good instead of false good. I would think that the greater controversy in Will’s quote is that last about ‘anyone can be changed’. But it’s a lot easier to kneejerk about Hitler, I guess.

    Anyway, do you believe anyone can be changed with outreach, Johnny? or do you believe that people are set in stone and it’s a waste of time trying to redirect other people’s goals?

  4. johnnygriswold Says:

    Oh sure. If Hitler had a little therapy back then, maybe he would have killed 3 million Jews instead of 6 million. You’ve turned me around.

  5. Nita Says:

    You’re not listening, Johnny, and you don’t want to listen. I’ve listened to you. I’m going to stand with Will Smith on this one. I don’t think it’s right for folks to twist words for their own agenda. Will doesn’t think that way, either. That doesn’t change that it happens, or why it happens.

    Peace be unto you, Johnny.

  6. johnnygriswold Says:

    What’s there to listen to? Hitler killed 6 million Jews. Will Smith tried to explain it away like therapy would have changed history. Sorry – that’s not gonna happen. His comments were dumb. I’m sorry if you don’t like MY opinion of Will Smith.

  7. Frank Says:

    Oh, I see. Will Smith thinks the attempted extermination of an entire race of people started out as “good”. Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, David Berkowitz, John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, they were all “good” as well. Will Smith, just because you try to pasteurize the facts, doesn’t make it anymore tantalizing. And Nita, one day when you grow up little girl, you’ll realize how ignorant you really are. Trust me, you will.

  8. Chris Says:

    nita–you are an idiot!
    bush did not steal any election. he won it fair and square. he wont the electoral college vote which has been our country’s law since its inception. bush is not the first president to lose the popular but win the electorl either. furthermore, he won his second term by accumulating the most votes ever in US history.

    i would rebut everything else but since you believe in fairy tale I don’t want to spoil santa not coming down your chimney.

    oh and if this were a white man who said “slavery wasnt that bad and segregation was at the time thought to be a good policy” he would have been fired, executed and jesse and al would have been marching around

  9. Rick Says:

    Smith ment in Hitler’s point of view… and yes, Hitler could have been reprogrammed, if anyone just read about his childhood they would understand the quote. I wish the american public educated themselves and stoped feeding on media BS. This quote was taken out of context.

  10. johnnygriswold Says:

    You’re out of your mind, Rick. You tell me what doctor, medication or program would have reprogrammed the most evil mind in the history of mankind All your yapping does not change history. Hitler did what he did and smart people know that you don’t try to rationalize what he did – no matter what. When you say, “oh, his mind was messed up, so he thought he was doing good”, then you are rationalizing his behavior. Stop it. Hitler was a monster and nothing can ever change that. I have ex girlfriends that were wack-jobs and no medication or therapy helped them, but yet HITLER could be reprogrammed. haha. Gimme a fucking break.

  11. Rick Says:

    Funny how you compare your ex-girlfriends to Hitler…mmm
    Anyways Johny if you want to keep feeding on mediatic BS. that is your perogative, but to call Will Smith a Neo Nazi is just plain stupid. And the only reason behind this is to sell paper….

  12. johnnygriswold Says:

    Rick, when you can show me where I called Will Smith a Neo Nazi, I’ll continue to debate you on how wrong you are. I said Will Smith is dumb for rationalizing what Hitler did. Pretty simple stuff. Will Smith is getting the heat that he deserves – and I like Will Smith!

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