NPR's "Fresh Air" program is separate from David Edelstein after the film critic made a controversial comment on a rape scene in the film "The Last Tango in Paris", following the death of director Bernardo Bertolucci.
"We learned today the publication on Facebook of the film critic David Edelstein in response to the death of the director Bernardo Bertolucci," wrote NPR "Fresh Air" in a statement released Tuesday on Twitter.
Edelstein on Monday published an image of the rape scene with the caption: "Even grief is better with butter," according to Variety. Edelstein was referring to the character of star Marlon Brando, Paul, and his use of butter as a lubricant in the 1972 film.
"The message is offensive and unacceptable, especially given the experience of actress Maria Schneider during the filming of" Last Tango in Paris, "continued the statement, referring to the interview of Schneider with the Daily Mail in 2007, in which she had told that the scene was "not in the original script" and she cried while filming it. Schneider died in 2011 at 58 years old.
"The position does not meet the standards we expect from" Fresh Air "contributors, or WHYY or NPR related journalists We appreciate the apology posted by David, but we decided to end the association from Fresh Air with him and we informed David accordingly, "concluded the statement.
Edelstein, who has since suppressed the controversial message, apologized earlier on Tuesday, saying that he "was not aware" of Schneider's experiment on "The Last Tango in Paris" .
"I realize now that the joke was in bad taste and I removed it, and I apologize for that remark," he said.