George Clooney hits back against London Mayor
Following on from our post a few days ago about George Clooney and Bill Murray being in favour of the return of the Parthenon Marbles back to Greece from Great Britain, George Clooney has once again hit back – this time against Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.
Johnson accused Clooney of following a “Hitlerian agenda”, as he said that the Nazis had intended to have the marbles removed from the British Museum if they successfully occupied Britain.
In response, Clooney had the following to say …..
“I’m a great fan of the Mayor, and I’m sure my right honorable friend had no real intention of comparing me to Hitler. I’d chalk it up to a little too much hyperbole washed down with a few whiskeys. I’ve found myself in the same spot a time or two so I hold no ill will.
When it comes to real facts, not imagined history, you need only to look at the UNESCO rulings that have been agreed to by all parties. An occupying nation can’t sell off the national heritage of the country it occupies. More relevant is the fact that the Parthenon Marbles were chipped away from the Parthenon by the occupying Turks and sold. It was a single monument broken into bits. It would be as if the statue of David’s head were sold to England. His arm to the Vatican. And his torso to the Met.
There are many pieces in nearly every country that this conversation should take place. The best place to start would be at the most obvious object. When polled the British people are overwhelmingly in favor of their return. The rest of the world follows suit. If you want to deal in facts. Those are the facts. But maybe it’s just easier to compare me to Hitler.”
With the argument about the Parthenon Marbles and their desired return back to Athens, it looks like this much talked about debate will not be disappearing from the limelight anytime soon.