"I sent a negative answer by Ahmadinejad to Oliver Stone," the Fars agency quoted Mehdi Kalhor, media adviser to the president, as saying Sunday. "It is right that this person is considered part of the opposition in the U.S., but opposition in the U.S. is a part of the Great Satan."
The term the "Great Satan" dates back to Iran's late supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who first called the United States that after the 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the country's U.S.-supported shah.
Stone's publicist in New York said the director had not been formally notified that his proposal to make a documentary about Ahmadinejad had been turned down. But in a statement released Monday, Stone said he wished the Iranian people well.
"I have been called a lot of things, but never a great satan," Stone said in the statement. "I wish the Iranian people well, and only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours."
I shed a bitter tear. And if Ahmadinejad is holding out for other offers like this, he should understand that Stone is at least as big a Left-wing lunatic as Michael Moore or Sean Penn.
He [Stone] has been critical of President Bush. Last year in Spain, he said he was "ashamed" of his country over the war in Iraq and U.S. policies in response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11.
*Sigh* They could have made such wonderful Art together.