Bernie Ecclestone of Formula One In Trouble For Hitler Comments
Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Management, is in trouble over the comment he made about the leadership of German dictator Adolf Hitler. In an interview to The Times, Ecclestone said that Adolf Hitler was a man who got "things done," which prompted a lot of negative backlash from Ecclestone's colleagues and the World Jewish Congress. Ecclestone took on a defensive stance, saying he did not mean to offend anyone, and simply meant that "before his appalling crimes, [Hitler] acted successfully against unemployment and the economic crisis."
The Times quoted Ecclestone as saying: "In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done."
But "in the end he got lost, so he wasn't a very good dictator."
Ecclestone dismissed calls for his resignation in the wake of his comments. However, many have called for the boycott of Ecclestone. Some of the German officials have declined to meet with Ecclestone after his comments.