Gary Oldman Is Sorry, Jews

June 25th, 2014 // 49 Comments
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“I’d first like to personally apologize to Matthew McConaughey, a sterling example of your kind- what’s that? Goddammit.”

If you somehow were nowhere near the Internet yesterday, Gary Oldman experienced a whirlwind of shit after his recent Playboy interview was published online and included the following defense of Mel Gibson:

Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him—and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough.

He also defended Alec Baldwin who has a history of getting pissed off at the paparazzi and referring to them as cocksucking fags, toxic little queens and if he’s feeling jaunty, coons:

Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him.

Both were examples for an odd, out-of-nowhere rant on “political correctness” that even Gary Oldman immediately realized were exactly the wrong choices and made him look like a bigot. Which is a mindset Gary Oldman has never exhibited or shown any proclivity towards until now, and backed right the fuck away from it because he’s a rational adult who, despite his previous rant, does realize words have meanings:

“So this interview has gone very badly. You have to edit and cut half of what I’ve said, because it’s going to make me sound like a bigot.”

Of course, by then the Jew-cat was out of the bag, and Gary Oldman was being rightly criticized for perpetuating anti-Semitic talking points while also being trumpeted by the right as their newest “telling like it is” hero. Because if the commenters on yesterday’s post taught me anything, it’s that “real men” don’t give a fuck about anyone which is why we should start some more wars before everyone sits around in their skinny jeans a second longer worrying about faggots getting a fair shake in life. Which is what makes Gary Oldman so fucking America awesome. He’s not afraid to stand up to liberal pussies because he’s right and no one can tell him he’s wrong. Except Gary Oldman who just admitted he was wrong:

Dear Gentlemen of the ADL:
I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.

And just like Duck Dynasty, Gary Oldman completely folded. Except here’s the thing in Gary Oldman’s case. Like I mentioned before, he’s never run around (or at least been caught) condemning gays or Jews or done anything to the level of Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin because, at the end of the day, Gary Oldman generally seems like a reasonable person. He realized exactly how far his foot went into his mouth the second it happened, and instead of doubling down LIKE A MAN, he re-examined his choice of words and went, “I could’ve said all of that better.” A trait, by the way, that Gary says he admires in his directors: Admitting when you’re wrong or have no fucking clue what you’re doing at the moment. Which is what makes this whole fiasco all the more frustrating because, I said it yesterday, the interview is genuinely interesting as tits if you’ve been a fan of Gary Oldman’s work. I literally read it twice, and here’s where I pinpointed it went wrong: Gary brought right-wing radio host Douglas Urbanski with him to the interview, and so in the middle of an otherwise fascinating discussion, you get this weird, misplaced, and clearly regrettable Fox News-ian rant about “political correctness” because shitting on minorities is what makes this country so great. Or something. And that’s coming from me who firmly believes politics should be crammed into every single discussion. That’s my exact jam. Unfortunately, in this case, it deprived us all from focusing on this awesome anecdote:

“Just like anyone out here, anybody in this industry, you’re working with attractive people, you’re young, and one thing leads to another. Few are immune to it. I remember being at a dinner many years ago in New York with Arthur Miller. I was sitting next to him. After we loosened up with a few glasses of vino, I turned to him and said, ‘Do you ever walk down the street and just stop and go, ‘Fuck, I was married to Marilyn Monroe’?’ He went, ‘Yeah.’

And this little gem:

PLAYBOY: Do people come up and say, “Get off my plane,” like Harrison Ford says to you in Air Force One?
OLDMAN: More than a few times. That movie had some enjoyable moments. I remember the flight deck was on a sound stage and there was a big sign that said NO DRINKING, NO SMOKING AND NO EATING ON SET. At one point I looked over and Harrison was in the doorway beneath the sign with a burrito, a cigar and a cup of coffee, which I thought was hilarious. I could never get the image out of my head. Nowadays we would take out an iPhone and post something like that on Instagram.

Long story short, you’re losing the culture war, shitheads. Suck it. (I’m helpful.)

UPDATE: Gary Oldman just personally apologized for the second time on Jimmy Kimmel, so to everyone saying he was being sarcastic, guess again.

Photos: Getty

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  1. “Bring me everyone..”
    “What do you mean?”
    “EVERYONE!!!!!!!”

  2. America has culture?

    • JC

      We invented jazz and comic strips. And possibly twerking. It’s not a lot, but not bad for a country that’s only 240ish years old.

    • There also wouldn’t be a movie industry without the US – even the Lumière brothers thought of motion picture as a joke with little merit.

      And let’s not forget pop music in general…

      • I’d hardly qualify US pop music as culture, but that’s a subjective position. I’m honestly finding that better music is coming out of Canada and the UK than the US.

        As for film, I’d say that was true in the past but I have my doubts that it can be sustained, given that Hollywood hasn’t produced an original idea in the last 15 years.

        Again, just my opinion.

  3. DiegoAD

    So basically he’s apologizing for being un-PC in an interview where he complained about everybody having to be PC all the time nowadays?

  4. Oldman didn’t write that apology, his public relations damage control team wrote that apology.

    The entire incident is a self-fulfilling prophecy:

    1. Oldman claims Jews run Hollywood;
    2. Within 24 hours, Oldman apologises for #1.
    3. In Oldman’s mind, this confirms that #1 is true.

    Nowhere in this scenario is *anything* Gary Oldman’s fault because you know, he be keepin’ that shit real. Why y’all hatin?

  5. ‘ Admitting when you’re wrong or have no fucking clue what you’re doing at the moment. ‘

    This has always been my argument about so-called ‘manliness’. A lot of people trot out stoicism as being macho, and guys crying as them being pussies. But the fact is, true fucking manliness is crying when you feel like crying, admitting you make mistakes, and being a fucking human being. Anything else boils down to fear. I can’t cry because I fear what others will think of me, or that I will not be ‘a man’. I can’t admit i fucked up, because I fear people will think I am weak. It’s all about fear of judgement. Fuck that. Not being afraid to be human = real man.

    I think he is backtracking to cover his own ass a bit here, but I love him enough to give him the benefit of the doubt and a second chance. The fact that he is willing to take responsibility for what he said and apologise for it is enough for me to give him at least that.

    • When people glean their definition of what it means to be a man from beer commercials, you’re bound to have a few troglodytes show up. Personally, I try and teach my little man that masculinity is being decent, honest, hard working, and considerate. Although I pretty much feel that those parameters work for anyone regardless of your gender.

  6. Slash

    It’s amusing how “telling it like it is” only happens when it’s an old white man (usually) saying insulting shit about everyone who isn’t old or white or male.

    The rest of us don’t tell it like it is. At all. So when WE say that someone like, say, Mel Gibson is a bugfuck crazy asshole, well, that’s just hurtful and untrue. And we should stop saying it. How dare we criticize a rich white guy.

    When Mel makes fucking crazy ranting phone calls to his Russian golddigging girlfriend and Alec Baldwin screams crazy shit at people who take pictures of him (admittedly, the photographers who follow celebrities around are a bunch of assholes, too, so he’s right about that much), they’re both brave truth tellers who can’t catch a break from … somebody. Despite both being wealthy and famous.I must have missed the news that they were both thrown into filthy jail cells after saying not-nice things about other people, because that happens here. When you say stuff people don’t like in America, you go straight to jail. That’s why the ranks of the reporters at brave icon of freedom and truth Fox News have been decimated, as they are all serving long prison sentences after criticizing The Obama.

    When will the oppression of wealthy famous white people end?

    • Harriscandoit

      That is 100% bull crap. Every race of people have Assholes, Assholes are 99% racist against anything that’s not the same as them selfs. By the way saying only white people are racist is…. a little racist.

  7. Rinse, Lather, Repeat.

    Yawn.

  8. I lost all respect for this man. For apologizing, I mean. He was absolutely right.

    “…even Gary Oldman immediately realized were exactly the wrong choices and made him look like a bigot”.

    Bigoted = Having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others.

    If this man didn’t apologize for his honest opinion, he wouldn’t have a job anymore. No one would wan’t to work with him because of his personal opinion. He was crucified by the media these days because he stated his opinion. I fail to understand how he’s the bigot and not everyone else.

    • JC

      When will the oppression of bigots end?

      Fun experiment: Go to your place of work, and say to your boss, “My personal opinion is that you’re….(insert string of vile insults here)…” When you get fired, claim oppression and get Lionel Hutz to be your attorney.

      • Maybe things work differently in Bobland.

      • I mean, Bobland has a radically different definition for “bigot,” so anything’s possible.

      • Slash

        They crucify people for saying rude stuff there. It makes for very polite, but very nervous, residents.

        It’s mostly a bunch of strangers who were passing through who are lined up along the road into town, hanging from the crudely constructed crosses, as a warning to the others.

        Well, Jesus was crucified for talking shit about the Romans. That must be where Bobland got the idea.

  9. Here’s the line right at the beginning of the apology that should be clear:

    “I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. ”

    He’s not sorry he said it, he’s sorry people overreacted to it. I don’t see a lot of backtracking here, more like clarification.

    • ImDeluded

      Would you prefer he say “I apologize for implying that the Jews are in charge of Hollywood–because if I don’t, the Jews in charge of Hollywood won’t let me work anymore”

    • “comments I recently made (…) were offensive” – to me he sounds pretty sorry for what he said.

  10. Absolutely nothing he said is any different than the things I have heard from every European Liberal/Leftist friend I have ever had. And yeah, I mean all of them. Open antisemitism is a casual, accepted thing amongst certain people from certain places. When he said, “We’ve all said it” (paraphrased), he was just being honest, which is equal parts sad and respectable.

  11. Sarcasm

    You left out a key part. The part where he says the Jews were the first to hear the voice of God and are surely the chosen people. For someone who’s as smart as you, Fish, I am surprised you’re not picking up what Oldman’s putting down. He wasn’t really apologizing. That’s his dry humor. He is mocking them. Re-read the entirety of his apology and add a hint of sarcasm and the picture will become clear.

    He thinks the reaction he got proves his initial statements, and he’s clowning them and they’re eating it up. As is everyone.

  12. Leila

    kudos to him for apologizing for the huge foot in his mouth. oldman is a smart guy and he could certainly have discussed the wide-ranging power of, and sometimes punitive measures taken by, studio heads and suits of the jewish faith in a far more intelligent and less fucked up way. it’s a discussion that is worth having [also worth having: discussion about the shitty-ness of predominantly christian white men/women who run certain political parties and who go crazy if anyone even dares speculate about their faith]. i’m more surprised about how quickly news cycles these days–that was less than 24 hours from start to finish.

  13. James

    Update: The ADL has responded to Oldman’s non-apology apology by characterizing it as “insufficient.”

    Before the ADL’s response came out, after I read Oldman’s “apology,” it was obvious it was a non-apology apology. Why? First, as Christopher Martin says above, Oldman says he’s sorry that some people found his comments offensive. That is not the same as apologizing for making offensive comments. Second, Oldman said that when seeing his words in print, he saw how they “may” have been offensive.

    Third, as the ADL has now implied, by claiming to have read Neil Gabler’s book An Empire of Our Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood shortly before being interviewed by Playboy, Oldman was in effect defending his comment that Hollywood is “run by Jews.” (Many anti-Semites have, over the decades, cited Gabler’s 1988 book to support their contention that Hollywood is “run by Jews.”)

    And fourth, when near the end of his “apology” Oldman says that Jews are the first to hear God’s voice and are surely the chosen people, that strikes me (and many others and I’m guessing the ADL as well) as sarcasm. His apology is worded in such a way that one would have to accuse him of being a liar to accuse him of sarcasm, etc., which is no doubt why the ADL elected to characterize it as “insufficient.”

  14. Bluto

    “At one point I looked over and Harrison was in the doorway beneath the sign with a burrito, a cigar and a cup of coffee…” — and Steve McQueen died at 50 due to exposure to asbestos. Fuck you, karma.

  15. supersemite

    In no way, shape or form was Oldman’s statement, at least the one you quoted (which is about as deep as I’m going to delve into this issue, because I got tits to look at) defending Mel Gibson, superficial_guy. It’s more just a matter of fact statement or observation and it’s fucking true. Hollywood IS “run” by Jews, and well, Mel hasn’t exactly been working the past few years, and I don’t give a shit about Gibson or Baldwin for that matter, but Oldman would know the machinations (yea i said machinations, big whoop, wanna fight about it?) of Hollywood better than most of us. I don’t think the guy said anything that controversial. I must be less liberal than I thought or maybe just more thick skinned than most.

  16. John

    The heretic has recanted. The Overseers of Correct Thought have called him back into line so that he is returned to communion with the Church of Progressivism. Dissent will not be tolerated. Free thought will not be tolerated. We will enforce kindness and decency by any and all means necessary.

  17. Gary Oldman knows the deal and he(PR Team) recanted. I just want to see more of his fucken acting period.

  18. Bak

    If Jews don’t run Hollyweird who does? Sounds like he bit the hand that feeds him too! And by the way, why is it so dreadful to state the obvious. Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, and Michael Jackson also said that decades ago.

    • Pat C.

      I never thought Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley or Michael Jackson had a firm grasp on reality – they all lived in very specialized private worlds.

  19. Apologies, how to say what you really mean and then pretend that you really didn’t mean it. Been going on since the beginning of time.

  20. Bakerman

    What’s the difference between a Jew and a pizza?

  21. I don’t really care too much about what Gary Oldman said, but on a wider point: I’d really like to see people stop with these passive aggressive apologies. “I’m sorry if the words I said offended people…” Try that kind of non-apology apology on someone in your own life that matters to you and see the reaction you get. If you say something fucked up, own it and say sorry. Don’t parse your words. It tells the person you’re apologizing to that your ego is too big to care about them, and who really wants to be a narcissistic asshole with no friends?

    To recap, when you need to say sorry, look the person in the eye and say it without dancing around. This has been “Life lessons from a Kodiak Bear.”

  22. Sane man

    The Hollywood Jews should apologize for constantly polluting our minds with their “comedy” films and tv-series full of imbecilic pee, poo, vomit, dick & fart jokes.

    • a cooper

      yeesh you make it all seem so clock-work orangey like you were force-fed the shit. go read Shakespeare or something & stay out of Sandler’s movies.

      • Sane man

        I agree. Everyone should stay away from Sandler movies as well as Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Segel, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Eugene Levy and Judd Apatow movies. And all Tv-series produced by Chuck Lorre. So what’s left? Not so much because, you know, jews run hollywood.

  23. Charmed

    Oldman most definitely did not say that “mel gibson was right about the jews”, as fish has titled the sublink, nor did he advocate bigotry in his interview.

    It takes the most obtuse and panty-bunched reading of Oldman’s words to take away that impression from his original comments just like it requires an equally blinkered reading of his ‘apology’ to believe it’s genuine.

    There’s a certain irony in fish happily misrepresenting Oldman’s words and throwing his moral outrage all over the place about how we should all be more tolerant.. next to an article where a man is being outed for having an affair with a “tranny” under the guise of news. The article of course, helps to perpetuate negative stereotypes of it’s own:

    http://www.thesuperficial.com/hank-baskett-cheated-on-kendra-tranny-06-2014

    Hilariously, Fish calls out the PC Police before they can jump on him for his ‘humour’. Nice one buddy. Real nice.

  24. Pat C.

    I was wondering if Gary Oldman was even aware that “he apologized”. I suppose the PR team would have cc’ed him when they sent that off to the press.

  25. ajp

    Anyone remotely cognisant will recognise the now legendary Oldman is trolling the Hollywood Jews within an inch of their circumcised bellends. This isn’t an apology. It’s a massive pisstake of the chosenites and he’s done it in such a way there is absolutely nothing the ADL can do or say without appearing even more intolerant than everyone knows they are. Of course this will impact Oldman’s career in Heimywood. He’ll probably end up like Jim Caviezel but hey….that’s the price of integrity. He’s shown a lot of balls.

  26. Hey Fish,

    Is it bigoted if its the truth? Amazing how many people get bent out of shape, and yell “That’s (blank)ist! How DARE you!” when simple truths are stated…

    By the way, GAP has a good sale going on for the fall clearance! They dont make regular jeans anymore, just the skin tight ones that pinch your nut sack up into your intestines if you ever decide to sit down.

  27. Kingmaker

    Jews have run Hollywood since it was founded, are we not allowed to state facts?

    He had nothing to apologize for.

    Political Correctness has gone too far. No one would’ve batted an eye if the word jew wasn’t mentioned.

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