Susan Sarandon (65) was being interviewed when she made an appearance at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York on Saturday. She was discussing her 1995 movie Dead Man Walking, she said it was based on the Pope and she sent him a copy of the book it was based on to the Pope.
“The last one, not this Nazi one we have now,” Sarandon said to the stunned fellow actor and interviewer Bob Balaban.
He expressed disapproval of what she had said, but Sarandon was unabashed and repeated the comment. She raised questions over his wartime upbringing in Germany. Pope Benedict XVI was as an unenthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth and in 1943, while still in the seminary, he was drafted into the German anti-aircraft corps.
Susan Sarandon is by no means the first celebrity to launch an attack on a Pope for his actions in Nazi Germany. Nor is he the first Pope to be criticized by showbiz celebrities.In 1992 Sinead O’Connor appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live and while singing about “evil” and “child abuse” she ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II saying, “Fight the real enemy.”