Open Letter to Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen (10)Dear Viggo,

I recently had the displeasure of reading the comments you made regarding Israel and FOX News.  I probably would have left this alone if you had done nothing other than accuse FOX News of lying, but since you followed up with distorted and dishonest comments about Israel it had an almost natural and immediate relevance.

As I normally do before writing a letter, I looked up your history. You’ve spent a lot of time in Venezuela, Argentina, and most recently Turkey.  All places so well-known for their history of free government.   Since you are someone paid to act as opposed to think, let me clue you in.  That last comment about the freedom in those countries was sarcasm.  Incidentally I’ve seen some of your films, and you get paid far too much for your acting.  But in fairness, I probably have as much knowledge of what’s fair payment for an actor’s performances as you have for, let’s say, international politics.

Your pearls of wisdom (more sarcasm) came in the form of the following comments.

When asked how you feel about FOX News you replied:

They lie—that would be the word for it.

I normally don’t defend FOX News, merely because they are a news agency and to disagree or attack a news agency is something that often doesn’t do heinous damage to them.  In fact sometimes it makes people watch them more.  But let’s face it.  If you are an intelligent and compassionate thinker as opposed to an ignorant blowhard, you don’t come out with a blanket statement like “they lie”, when referring to FOX News.  It shows personal bias and a disingenuous agenda particularly when followed up with blatantly biased and untrue statements about Israel.

When questioned about Israel you said the following:

Sadly, very little has changed in terms of the free rein that the government of Israel is given by the U.S. and other influential governments in terms of their handling of the Palestinian question. Sadly, too, the violent acts from a small minority of Palestinian terrorists also continue unabated. No one in the media seems to have a problem with anyone criticizing Palestinian terrorism, but if anyone dares express any objection to the Israeli government’s acts of state terrorism against Palestinian civilians, one is rapidly vilified and censored. Truly even-handed reporting and diplomacy are the only way to peaceful coexistence, in the Middle East or anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, we are nowhere near seeing either of these happening in the mainstream U.S. or European media as regards the state of Israel and its behavior.

Wow!  Where do I start?  I must compliment you.  You are very economical. You’ve managed to put so much nonsense in such a short statement.  Hugo Chavez, your deceased Venezuelan buddy, would most likely have been very proud.  Abraham Lincoln once said,  “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

Israel is given free rein? Seriously?  No country on the planet is more unfairly scrutinized, criticized and vilified than the State of Israel.  The United Nations might as well change its name to the United Nations against Israel. I wonder what you would want done to them to take away what you call this “free rein”.

This next comment is actually my favorite.

No one in the media seems to have a problem with anyone criticizing Palestinian terrorism…

I’m sorry, should they?  The “liars” at FOX News certainly don’t.  You go on to compare Israel’s actions to these Palestinian terrorists you so passionately defend.  You call Israel’s actions acts of state terrorism against Palestinians. Did you lose your moral compass while shooting a film in Turkey by any chance?  After all, the politicians and journalists in Turkey seem to be a lot more careful about criticizing Palestinian terrorists.  The government actually supports them.  That should be right up your ally.  After all, Israel’s the real problem, right?

And then the coup de grace: Truly even-handed reporting and diplomacy are the only way to peaceful coexistence, something you say is not happening in the U.S. or European media as regards the state of Israel and its behavior.

Oh yes, because we all know that Israel is the media’s darling.  That’s why hundreds of thousands of dead civilians in a Syrian civil war get almost no attention compared to the 2,000 dead in Gaza.  Because the media isn’t concerned about Israel’s “behavior”.

Mr. Mortensen, I understand you are from Danish descent. I want you to see a quote from the diary of the late Christian X, King of Denmark from 1912-1947.

When you look at the inhumane treatment of Jews, not only in Germany but occupied countries as well, you start worrying that such a demand might also be put on us, but we must clearly refuse such this due to their protection under the Danish constitution. I stated that I could not meet such a demand towards Danish citizens. If such a demand is made, we would best meet it by all wearing the Star of David.

Your words, words of prejudice against the Jewish people, dishonor the people you descend from.  I am sure that like so many others you will say your views are anti-Israel as opposed to anti-Semitic, but in all honesty, when downplaying the acts of terrorists as well as the consequence of their actions, you show no value for Jewish life.   Maybe you should take an example from a great Danish king who once realized the value of Jewish life was directly connected to the value of the life of his subjects.  He likely would have realized that what Hamas wants to do to the Jewish people is eerily similar to what the Nazis did to the Jews.  I’m confident King Christian X would also have had no problem criticizing Palestinian terrorism and would never have seen self-defense against it as acts of state terrorism.

I’ll be honest, since I know honesty is so important to you.  I never liked you as an actor.   Until now at least, my opinion of you as an actor really didn’t matter, kind of like your opinion about Israel.  It does however mean you are one more actor whose movies I won’t pay to see, and I suspect I won’t be alone in feeling this way.

Good riddance “Mr. Honesty”.


David Groen





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11 responses to “Open Letter to Viggo Mortensen

  • Barbara Hinkle-Zichronot

    I did not realize how ignorant he is!!! Part of attraction to me is intelligence..I don’t “follow” people,so I am glad this came to my attention.I try to distance myself from ignorance.And when the truth is revealed I want to know I stand strong on the side of truth.I’ll never see another movie by him.Aragon is dead to me.

  • lizzy

    a proper Nazi bastard

  • Neil Edwards

    Another ignorant Hollywood fool. Can’t wait to hear him backtrack on this.

  • Eileen Vicente

    Fortunately, I don’t know this lousy actor. I come from the USA where, I’m sure, most people have never heard of him. Now that I have read his bullshit,, andI am aware of what a jerk he is, I need not know another thing about this bullshit artist.

  • Rick White

    Have never seen one of his movies and now I never will. He is an Anti Semitic pig!

  • bobsoper (@bobsoper)

    I see. So anyone who disagrees with Israel’s theft of land and brutal treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories is an “anti-Semite.”

    • Grey Wolf

      go back to kindergarten , where you belong and leave intelligent conversation to adults

      • skidoo delidoo

        You mean “retarded” adults. Hey, yesterday I criticized Israel and got no reactions. Two days ago, I criticized Angola and got no reactions too. Maybe Israelian began to accept the liberty of speech! Yeah, that was a great Idea. Keep it in!

  • Grey Wolf

    viggo ? who ? what exactly is a viggo ?

  • Ruth

    This is not open letter, but a clear hate mail.
    “Since you are someone paid to act as opposed to think”-
    Actors are humans too, so why are they not allowed to think?? Do people need to be paid in order to think? It sounds like a scary world to live in where people won’t think unless they are paid to.
    Also i don’t mind that you have a different views then him, i just wish you had focussed on making your views more valid rather then disproving his salary or acting skills(everybody i know is a fan of his aragorn, so if people enjoy it….)

    • Ruth

      I don’t think he is anti Semitic. He is not unsympathetic towards jews either, he actually only criticised the isreali political and military stance.
      I am personally don’t support palestine or isreal. Innocent people die be it in isreal or palestine. It is only a group of privelaged greedy people who want war. No normal isreali or Palestinian wants war, yet they suffer. I know people from isreal who come to work in my country, they are nice people, they just want to live a normal life

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