Outrage! The Anti-Defamation League Speaks Out On Jesse James Logo Controversy: 'If Nazi Symbology Was A Source Of Inspiration, We Condemn Such Uses'

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Jun. 3 2014, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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Jesse James’ new West Coast Choppers logo — which as exclusively reported, shares a striking resemblance to the Nazi party’s infamous Imperial Eagle — has fans up in arms. And now anti-Semitism watchdog group the Anti-Defamation League is speaking out exclusively to Radar about the controversy.

“If Nazi symbology was a source of inspiration for the logo, we condemn such uses,” Mark Pitcavage, Director of Investigative Research of the Anti-Defamation League, tells Radar. “Using graphic designs derived from Nazi symbology is at best exercising very poor judgment.”

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The West Coast Choppers CEO, 45, has previously used questionable judgment when choosing his motorcycle company’s graphics: James previously used a logo that resembles the Nazi party’s Iron Cross.

Sandra Bullock’s cheating ex-husband also was caught wearing a Nazi hat and making a “sieg heil" salute in a 2004 photo.

Though James has denied being a neo-Nazi, his estranged father, Larry, claimed in 2010 that his son had been interested in the movement as a child.

“He liked their war machines, he liked their uniforms, he liked their guns, he liked everything about them,” he said.



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