British singer Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music fame) is making headlines for his comments regarding his fondness for Nazi iconography during an interview last month. Apparently Ferry’s publicist gave him the wrong script to read when he proclaimed:
I’m talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags â€“ just fantastic. Really beautiful.”
Ferry went on record with a public apology today saying:
“I apologize unreservedly for any offense 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.”
Marks & Spencer, the British retailer that currently employs Ferry as the model for one of their men’s collections is said to be “distancing itself from the row.”
This may or may not be related to the fact that the “Marks” in Marks & Spencer, the store’s founder was a Russian born Polish-Jewish immigrant.