Ricky Gervais Defends Queen Elizabeth Over Nazi Salute, Jokes He Used To Look Like “Tiny Hitler” — SEE PHOTO HERE
As Gossip Cop reported, The Sun posted the short clip online, as well as screengrabs in its Saturday paper edition, arguing that the footage is a historic document that warrants being seen by the public. The British tabloid obtained the video from an unnamed source, and experts have said it’s a remarkable find that sheds new light on the royal family during Hitler’s rise.
The paper specifically notes that Queen Elizabeth has never been seen as a Nazi sympathizer, and argues that the video showing her giving the “Heil Hitler” salute does not reflect poorly on her, given her age and how little was known at the time about what Hitler’s regime would become. But Gervais sees no redeeming value in publishing the photos and video. The British actor-comedian took to Twitter Saturday morning to sound off on the controversy.
Gervais began with a joke, cracking, “Remember, this was before Michael Jackson’s Thriller had all those awful implications.” He then wrote more seriously, “Remember, this was before Michael Jackson’s Thriller had all those awful implications.”
“Now I’m terrified someone is going to dig up a photo of me praying when I was 7,” Gervais went on to tweet, before sharing a picture of himself as a young boy (see below). “Never mind The Queen, I actually looked like a tiny Hitler when I was 7,” he wrote. While it’s unclear if and Queen Elizabeth have ever met, the positive reception to his defense now has Gervais jokingly wondering if he will get knighted.
As Gossip Cop previously noted, Buckingham Palace released a statement also slamming the publication of the video. “It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from Her Majesty’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner,” said the spokesperson. Tell us what YOU think in the comments below.