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Stephen Colbert Criticizes Oliver Stone’s Putin Praise In Tense ‘Late Show’ Showdown

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Just a week after criticizing NBC’s Megyn Kelly for her interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin, director Oliver Stone has come under fire for his upcoming four-part Showtime special, The Putin Interviews.

During an appearance last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Colbert challenged Stone on his sit-down with Putin and the accusations that the director got too cozy with the Russian leader. Stone defended himself from those critiques, saying that he had to “be polite” since the interview took years to coordinate.

While Colbert remains levelheaded and respectful throughout, he doesn’t let up. Colbert criticizes the director’s lack of follow-up questions to Putin’s comment that he didn’t interfere in the 2016 U.S. election (a claim that the news disputes). “That doesn’t seem like an interview,” Colbert told Stone, “That seems like an opportunity for him to merely propagandize.” Stone said he did press him on the election and cyber warfare later on in the interview.

Colbert asked Stone if he trusts Putin, to which Stone called the Russian president a “strong nationalist” and kept saying that Putin never bad mouthed the U.S. in his interviews. The audience started to turn on Stone when he said that Putin’s “been through a lot, insulted and abused in the media.” The audience laughed at that, with some even booing. The audience erupted into applause when Colbert asked Stone if he has anything negative to say about Putin. Colbert tried to rationalize why Stone wouldn’t criticize Putin, joking, “does he have your dog in a cage someplace?”

Still, Stone resisted saying anything negative, saying that maybe people tear into Putin because they hate President Trump. Colbert clarified that he doesn’t hate Trump, he just doesn’t trust him, nor does he understand why the president refuses to condemn Putin’s oppressive regime or his suppression of journalists.

What goes unsaid throughout the interview, though, is that Stone’s son Sean Stone is on-air talent for RT America, a television network funded by the Russian government. That news recently came to light on Twitter, and it’s something Oliver Stone has yet to address, specifically whether or not his son’s role in a Russian-funded television network had any influence over his interview with the head of the Russian government.

The Putin Interviews air on Showtime on June 12-15, 9 PM ET.

(via Uproxx)

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