|The Day Gary Oldman Went All 'Mel Gibson'
By: Shawn Paul Wood
It's the second day of the news cycle and the story is still going strong, so on behalf of entertainment news, "Thank you, Gary Oldman." He has provided the world genius introspectives as Commissioner Gordon in the 'Dark Knight Trilogy,' Sirius Black in 'Harry Potter,' Beethoven, Dracula, Lee Harvey Oswald, and even Elvis once. The one thing he has never played is an uptight "get off my lawn" bigot ... sadly, until now.
In Playboy of all places. Apparently, some fellas do subscribe to it for the articles, because this is everywhere. Here's Gary Oldman, sitting comfortably with a diet Fresca in his hand (or whatever he drinks), and has a serious, uncontrollable bout of verbal diarrhea. He bashes Hollywood for its double standards (and they are out there). He criticizes the media for "cherry picking his parts." And then he takes a breath. Following that, he really digs into Nancy Pelosi and ... sorry ... defends Mel Gibson?!
But wait, there's more...
“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f****** useless c*** — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it…”
Yeah, that just happened. That will get the Anti-Defamation League on Line One:
“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’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things… We’re all f****** hypocrites…That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f****** Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”
After that spanking, and the rest of America bashing his brains in Batman-style via Twitter, Oldman has miraculously apologized (via Deadline). I know, right?
“Gary Oldman wants Jews to ‘get over’ what Mel Gibson said,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “But what Gibson said was the slogan that Adolf Hitler used to murder six million Jews during the Holocaust. His own comment that Hollywood is a town ‘run by Jews’ has a very familiar sinister ring to it that is the anthem of bigots and anti-Semites everywhere. That has nothing to do with political correctness.”
Aw, that's sweet. He looked something up on Google before his salutation. Sweet.
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.
I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.
I would like to sign off with ‘Shalom Aleichem’ — but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace – Gary Oldman.
Don't fret, Gary. I mean, following the spotlight of his life in directing "The Passion of the Christ," and then the cacophonous thud of his career, even Mel Gibson rebounded. He's in "The Expendables 3." Well, wait a minute. How's your resume?
Shawn Paul Wood
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