It seems that Gary Oldman is not out of hot water yet due to his remarks made to Playboy magazine recently. The actor, after defending some anti-Semitic remarks that Mel Gibson is now infamous for, reached out to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday with an apologetic letter. Gary Oldman’s apology however, is unacceptable according to the ADL saying that the actors apology was not satisfactory, nor enough.
The Playboy interview was a candid one where Oldman goes off on political correctness and the hypocrisy of it all. He basically defends Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rants chalking it up to the Lethal Weapon’s stars drunken state. “He got drunk and said a few things,” said Oldman, “but we’ve all said those things.” The Dracula star continued, “We’re all f****** hypocrites.”
Oldman explains that the actor feels that everyone is a hypocrite, including the police that arrested Gibson. Oldman asks the interviewer if the police have never said “that F****** Jew” or never used the “N” word before. Claiming to be brutally honest, Oldman says that hypocrisy on its own is what drives him crazy.
Comparing Gibson to lepers or outcasts, Oldman goes on to ask if ever there wasn’t a “Jewish guy in his office somewhere” that has never said the words “That f****** kraut” before. Calling everyone a hypocrite, Oldman even used Jon Stewart and Bill Maher as examples. Oldman explains that he would not be able to say certain slanderous things about someone but if Bill Maher or Jon Stewart called someone a fag, Oldman says they would get away with it. Oldman then brings up the incident with Alec Baldwin.
Comparing Baldwin’s homophobic rant to a photographer with Maher’s jab at Seth MacFarlane made earlier this year; “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again,” Maher said to MacFarlane, “Instead they got a lesbian.” Oldman says that he just does not get it. Oldman cannot understand how what Maher said is any less offensive than what Baldwin had said. Oldman, referring to when Baldwin called a photographer “a fag”.
In the letter to the ADL, Oldman says that he is “deeply remorseful” for the offensive statements he had made against Jews in the Playboy interview. The 56-year-old actor explains that it was only after he saw his words in print, when the insensitivity of those words were realized. “Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable,” Gary Oldman said about his anti-Semitic comments, “including my own words on the matter.” As if in his defense, Oldman states that the actor had just finished reading An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler. Oldman explains that his career, and the film industry owes a lot to the Jewish contribution of Hollywood.
In closing, the Sid and Nancy star says that the Jews are, indeed the chosen people and says that his apology is “genuine” and “heartfelt.” Oldman then wishes all the Jewish people peace.
ADL’s national director, Abraham Foxman said that they have “just began a conversation with his managing producer.” Foxman says that ADL is not satisfied with Gary Oldman’s apology and says it is unacceptable, calling it “insufficient” and “not satisfactory.”
By Derik L. Bradshaw