Hollywood, California - In an attempt to save face and retain credibility in the public eye, the ADL quickly backed down from their defaming campaign of Hollywood actor, Will Smith, and accepted his explanation that a Scottish newspaper published his comments on Hitler out of context, making it appear to readers that he admired the mass murderer. The campaign was gearing up to be the biggest yet for the group that used to go after real bigots and racists, not just Anti-Semitics.
"Of course we accept Will Smith's explanation," said a spokesman for the ADL. "Besides who would believe us if we accused a Black man of being a Nazi sympathizer. If there is anyone Hitler hated just as much as Jews, it was gypsies, homosexuals and Jehovah's Witnesses. Neo-Nazi's updated that list to include Blacks and Mexicans, but it's not official."
Fearing that the group will be viewed simply as just extension of the Jewish Defense League, the ADL was quick to point out that Anti-Semitism does exist in Hollywood.
"Look at Mel Gibson. We warned everybody about him, but did anyone listen?" said a member of the ADL.
Although the organization has done a great service in the past, critics say that in recent years it has failed in its mission to voice the concerns it pledged on behalf of other minority groups suffering the same indignity of defamation and even threats of physical violence.
When asked to comment on the Michael Richards' incident where he spoke using derogatory terms about Blacks and Mexicans, while on stage during his comedy nightclub act, the ADL commented, "Michael who?"
The ADL also admitted that it was preparing to go public with its accusation that it suspected Kermit the Frog of having eco-terrorist ties, but after the Will Smith incident, the organization reconsidered and backed down.