Monday, September 11, 2006

First Mel...than Arnold

Speaking with regards to people of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, actor turned California governer Arnold Schwarzenegger said the following:

"They are all very hot (blooded). They have, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them and together makes it."

Admittedly, this isn't THAT bad. But still he is the governer of "Galeeforneea". He needs to be smarter and more sensitive than that.

Top 5 Arnold Schwarzenegger films
1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
2. Total Recall
3. Eraser
4. Predator
5. Last Action Hero

Schwarzenegger's comments were directed towards Republican Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia of Cathedral City (Riverside County). He was clearly referring to her tough temperament and passion for the job. What has become the issue now is how these comments became public.

The comments were started when the LA Times published transcripts of a taped private discussion between Schwarzenegger and his Chief of Staff, Democrat Susan Kennedy and two other aides. Sources close to the governer believe it was a computer hacker who was able to get a copy of the digital recording.

Garcia, when reached for comment regarding what Schwarzenegger said actually laughed when she heard his quote. In an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Garcia said, "As governor, he's been up front and center on issues that are important to the Latino community -- health care issues, education issues, job issues. He's been promoting programs that are very middle of the road, not Democrat and not Republican,'' she added later, "I'm not offended."

California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides has jumped all over this issue as he is running against Schwarzenegger this November. As well, state Democratic Party chair Art Torres said Schwarzenegger "has embarrassed our state.''

Over the years, rumours of nazi admiration have dogged Schwarzenegger. His father was a member of the Nazi party, specifically in the Schutzstaffel. A March 1992 article in Spy Magazine claims that in the 70s, Schwarzenegger enjoyed playing and giving away recordings of Adolf Hitler. Schwarzenegger supported the campaign of Kurt Waldheim, former UN chief who had been a member of the Nazi party and was accused of war crimes during WWII in Yugoslavia.

However, Schwarzenegger has been a strong supporter of various Jewish groups and has denounced the principles of fascism. However, apparently, in the uncut version of the Pumping Iron documentary that featured Schwarzenegger back in the early 70s is said to have footage of him showing the nazi salute.

And all this time, I thought his biggest transgression was starring in Junior.



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