M & S drop Ferry
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-05-13
Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry has been dropped as a model for high street retailer Marks And Spencer after he praised the German Nazi regime as really beautiful and just amazing.
A Marks And Spencer source as well as his agent said there are no plans to feature Ferry for any future campaigns.
The 61-year-old singer, who has recently released a Bob Dylan covers album told German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag: My dear gentlemen, the Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves. Leni Riefenstahls movies and Albert Speers buildings and the mass parades and the flags - just amazing. Really beautiful.
During the interview, Ferry also indicated that his West London recording studio is nicknamed the fuhrerbunker.
Ferry later apologised and said: I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective. I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent.
According to Ferrys manager Stephen Howard, the singer had been booked for two photoshoots for two campaigns which have now been completed. Technically he fulfilled the obligations of the contract when he did the last photoshoot. It was a successful association for both parties, he told The Independent newspaper.
In a statement, Marks And Spencer said: "While we are still planning our autumn advertising campaign, it is highly unlikely any model will be used for more than two seasons for the Autograph range. We welcomed Mr Ferry's apology over his remarks and he completed his existing contract."