Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry gave an interview with Germany’s Welt Am Sonntag newspaper last month, in which he stated: “The way that the Nazis staged themselves and presented themselves, my Lord! I’m talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags — just fantastic. Really beautiful.”
This quotation was taken way out of context, as Ferry received condemnations from Jewish leaders across Britain. But, ever the classy gentleman, Ferry issued a quick and thorough apology: “I apologize unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective. I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent.”
His apology was accepted wholly by Jewish leaders. Meanwhile, Ferry continues to support his most recent album, Dylanesque, with dates throughout Europe this summer.