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Oliver Stone on the BP oil spill: Corporations control the environment

HollywoodNews.com: At the New York premiere for his documentary “South of the Border,“ Oliver Stone dished out his take on the BP oil spill.

“I’m not an expert at all on how to clean this up, but it does raise the philosophical question of what do we do with our reserves,” Stone says. “If this [oil] is indeed an American resource, are we giving it away to the corporations so that they can use it to make a profit?”

Stone’s docu, which has been criticized for being sympathetic to its protagonists, centers around Latin American leaders like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s Raul Castro. These guys according to Stone, “have taken control of their resources and they’re saying, ‘We’re not going to play the old game the old way,'” Stone tells the New York Daily News. Americans “don’t get it,” he adds. “We’re hooked on this idea that corporations own everything.”

On President Obama’s handling of the crisis: “He’s caught. We have a corporate system, and it controls our environment, and it controls our destiny. The President comes and goes,” Stone said, “and the system remains.”

Also at the Monday night premiere, Stone faced 25 protesters at Cinema Two on Third Avenue who chimed “Liar! Liar! Liar!.” Signs read “How much did Chavez pay you?”

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