Gary Oldman Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Rant
Gary Oldman has apologized for remarks he made during his recent interview with Playboy.
In the interview he backed up anti-Semitic remarks made by Mel Gibson in 2006.
Now the actor, soon to be seen Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is attempting to make amends for his recent outburst.
In a statement released to the Anti-Defamation League and the Los Angeles based Simon Wisenthal Center, a Jewish rights organization, Oldman said:
“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.”
Jewish leaders have wasted no time in responding to actor’s shocking remarks.
“Gary Oldman wants Jews to ‘get over’ what Mel Gibson said Rabbi Marvin Hier, Dean and founder of the Wisenthal Center, in a statement to the Associated Press. “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.”
Meanwhile, Abraham Foxman, executive director of the ADL, is less than satisfied with Oldman’s apparent remorse.
“While his apology may be heartfelt, Mr Oldman does not understand why his words about Jewish control were so damaging and offensive, and it is therefore insufficient.”
Foxman also said Oldman’s comments reinforce a classic anti-Semitic belief about Jewish control of Hollywood.
“He should know better than to repeat and give credence to tired anti-Semitic tropes. Mel Gibson’s ostracization in Hollywood was not a matter of being ‘politically incorrect,’ as Mr. Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater. It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson’s warped and prejudiced world view.”
Sources: http://news.yahoo.com/gary-oldman-row-over-hollywood-run-jews-claim-230138566.html (yahoo news)”>Yahoo News and ADL.org