Several newsites run a story in which Elvis is portrayed as a "nazi". They use a picture of him wearing a nazi-cap and giving a nazi salute. The source is supposedly a newly discovered grainy home movie.
If the authors had done their homework they would have found out that this footage comes from footage from a boat trip Elvis made with June Junico while on holiday in 1956. The captian of the boat was a WWII vet who bought the hats as trophies. Elvis and some others put them on but in stead of giving the nazi-salut he is waving. The footage is available on the DVD "Elvis And June - A Love Story".
The response from Todd Morgan (EPE) to the few fans that have written EPE about it:
Elvis was just kidding around. Our understanding is that the hat was a World War II souvenir of the owner of the boat Elvis and his companions were riding on. It's unfortunate that the Sun tabloid chose to invent a story about it. But, that's what tabloids do.
We never contact tabloids to protest their articles because we know that will do nothing but inspire them to write a follow-up story ("What EPE Doesn't You To Know" or something silly like that) and that they would make sure the regular news media knew that we were at odds with them, which would lead to more publicity and sales for the tabloid. There is no winning with the tabloids. Unfortunately, there are no laws protecting deceased persons against libel or slander, so that means there is no legal recourse for us with anything incorrector objectionable anyone says or writes about Elvis. The law says that a deceased person is no longer in need of his reputation and, thus, cannot be a victim of libel or slander.
Sometimes tabloid stories are picked up by legitimate news media. When legitimate news media contact us about a tabloid story, we always respond to their questions. In the rare instances in which tabloid stories have gotten major coverage in the legitimate news media, we have issued formal press statements. But, so far, this Sun tabloid Elvis/Nazi article has not managed to generate any interest from the real news media that we know of. We have not received even one media inquiry. We have received only a few inquiries from fans and have responded to those.
Hopefully, this Elvis/Nazi nonsense will not receive any more attention and will go away. Soon, the tabloids will come up with something else.
The original news item:
Almost 28 years after his death, fans of the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, can now see their icon in a radically different light; that as a Nazi. The legend is seen wearing a Nazi cap and giving a Nazi salute in some pictures taken from a grainy half-hour home cine film.
The pictures, believed to be from the Sixties, were taken during a boat trip with friends and have surfaced at the same time as Presley's ex-wife Priscilla released his home movies.
"I was given it ages ago, I think when I used to own a bar. But I had never watched it. It wasn't until I found it in the loft that I decided to. When I did I was shocked," the Sun quoted Mark Ernon, who owns the tape, as saying. (ANI)
Source: Google / Updated: May 16, 2005