Lars Von Trier is a Danish film director who has made quite a name for himself around the world.... Sadly he is often known more for sticking his foot in his mouth than for his very unique approach to filmmaking. Usually when I see his name in a headline in a Danish newspaper, I read the article just to see what he's up to now...
However yesterday I saw Von Trier in a different light.... a light of agreement. For once, something that he has been quoted as saying makes a lot of sense. My fear, however, is that when people hear that these words came from someone like him, they will not give them a second thought.
But this is one time when I think Von Trier deserves to be heard...and listened to. I have attached the actual news story from yesterday, plus my simplified translation of what it said. And even though it IS Von Trier, give it a chance..... you might find, like I did, that his words have some value.
Von Trier: DF er grundlaget for Breivik
Von Trier: Dansk Folkeparti is the foundation for people like Breivik (the man responsible for the tragedy in Norway)Basically in a nutshell, he is saying that the kind of hatred that flows from the mouth of folks like Pia Kjærsgaard (leader of Dansk Folketparti....you know, the political party that is anti-foreigner) is exactly what feeds a monster like Breivik. In fact, he said you can trace a direct link from the things that spew from her mouth on a daily basis to the actions that he carried out last week in Norway and he believes that a demand should be made that she claim some responsibility for what happened.
In Von Trier's opinion there will be a price to pay when you continually dehumanize an entire population of people the way that she and her party have; he believes that the words and actions of the Dansk Folkeparti have created a debt that must eventually be paid and sadly, it was paid by children on Utøya.
Von Trier's words are strong. And maybe they are not 100% on the mark, but they are definitely words to be heeded because when our mouths continually spew hatred and intolerance, we ARE responsible for how our words influence the actions of other people. If government officials encourage their constituents to hate, then it stands to reason that those constituents might act on what they believe is a behalf of the government. We don't put the guns in their hands, but we sure do put the venom in their hearts and minds.
And for once I stand in agreement with Von Trier... it is time for the flow of venom to CEASE and for those responsible for spreading it to be held accountable and not allowed to continue feeding its monster.