Claudia Gocman had more reason than one to be angry over her wedding video. She had to wait nine months to receive it and she felt that it was truly poor quality -- but the bride also observed something much more sinister that left her absolutely fuming.
Rather than focusing on capturing the beauty of the day, the cameraman can be heard throughout the footage making a series of offensive and anti-Semitic remarks -- statements he failed to edit out before sending the tainted wedding memories to Gocman.
The comments were apparently uttered while videographer Anthony Aurelius was speaking with his assistant. At the time, he likely didn't know the camera was still rolling, so what he thought were private comments have now been made public, leading to some unpalatable publicity.
Photo Credit: The Jewish Chronicle
Gocman isn't only speaking out about what's inside the video; she's also provided the evidence, releasing select portions of the wedding footage. Gawker compiled the most notable and troubling comments. Here are just a few of them:
- “Mental, Israeli dancing, isn’t it? There’s a real feeling of like, they’re better than everybody else.”
- “I don’t think I blame Hitler.”
- “Some of the Jewish women are very beautiful to look at, but I can tell you, they’d be right f**king cows. Very f**king snooty, they’d be a pain in the arse."
Needless to say, Gocman, who is a fashion executive for Ralph Lauren, was completely disgusted by what she and her new husband, Stan, heard.
"It’s completely antisemitic and ignorant. Even the assistant, who is Asian, was racist. I just don’t understand it," she told The Jewish Chronicle. "At first, I was really upset but then I was furious. I think he’s a disgusting little man. I can’t even stand to watch the video, it makes me so angry."
Watch highlights from the video, below (caution: strong language):
The frustrated bride e-mailed Aurelius and told him her thoughts about his remarks. In response, the videographer didn't defend himself. In fact, he issued the couple a full refund, wrote a hand-written apology letter and sent an email further explaining his antics, according to The Jewish Chronicle.
"I am very sorry for our stupid, childish conversation. I am also very sorry for offending you and possibly your family also," he wrote. "You did not deserve this. I am ashamed, in honesty."
He went on to say that he respects the Jewish culture and he lamented the statements he made.
"I am trying to walk a good life, but in this instance I failed very badly in God’s eyes," he added. "I need to grow up here it seems and pay more attention to developing my character."
Gocman likely won't be appeased so easily, seeing as her wedding memories are now forever tainted.