The ADL responds: this fight is far from over
Once you get involved in a Hollywood scandal, it’s not easy to pull yourself out - Gary Oldman is finding this out the hard way. After his controversial interview in Playboy, wherein he criticised Hollywood’s “political correctness gone mad” and stood by Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson for their racist and homophobic remarks. A choice quote from the interview: “I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”
The Anti-Defamation League came down hard on Oldman's comments.
He then went on to use the same slurs that Gibson and Baldwin got busted for. Oldman later issued an apology of the “sorry you were offended” variety.
“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,” Oldman wrote, defending himself against backlash from the Anti-Defamation League. “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.”
Now, ADL president Abraham Foxman has responded to Oldman’s apology, describing it as “insufficient and not satisfactory”, according to Yahoo! News. The rejection itself might not matter much to Oldman, if it wasn’t for the fact that Foxman mentioned the ADL has "just began a conversation with his managing producer." According to the statement, this is only an effort to find an amicable solution to the conflict. However, it still means that Oldman’s comments are going to haunt him for some time to come.
Oldman isn't too pleased with himself. Or with anyone else, if his Playboy interview is anything to go by.