Gary Oldman, everyone’s favourite Harry Potter character who died too young (RIP Sirius), is kind of a nasty piece of work. He gave an interview recently with Playboy in which he defends the actions of Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin, claims that he calls people n***ers and fags and “fucking Jews” all the time and that it’s no big deal and is just generally a hot ass mess.
Here are some specifics for ya:
“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**king hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word ‘n***er’ or ‘that f**king jew’? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should strike that and say ‘the N word’ and ‘the F word’, though there are two F words now.”
“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. If I called Nancy Pelosi a c**t – and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless c**t – 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. Bill Maher could call someone a f*g and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, ‘I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.’ He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, ‘You fag’? I don’t get it.”
No, man, you really DON’T get it.
Anyhow, the Anti-Defamation League came for his ass for spreading stereotypes of the Jewish people (WHY JUST THAT? Why not EVERY comment he made???) and so he issued a half-hearted apology that really comes off as just extreme sarcasm in every sense. I’ll paste it in its entirety because it’s hilarious how sorry he’s NOT:
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.
LOL, they “surely are the chosen people”? That just sounds so flippant. The whole thing does. Wow, you read a book about Jewish people, look at you go! This dude ain’t sorry – just like he’s not sorry for talking about fags and n***ers or any of it. He’s really, truly become a hateful “oldman” – ridiculous.
June 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Jennifer
Welcome back to Best and Worst Celebrity Looks of the Week! Time once again to take a gander at what celebs are wearing and dub someone BEST, WORST, and WTF. My picks are at the bottom. Let’s get right to it!
February 7, 2014 at 11:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Well, we’ll now leave you to gorge yourselves on massive plates of food, naps, football, more plates of food, more naps, etc. But first, it’s only fair that we share Gary Oldman‘s Thanksgiving message. You see, the British don’t like this holiday – it really hurts their feelings, so think about that as you help yourself to more stuffing.
November 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
David Bowie‘s new album, The Next Day, has gotten great acclaim and given him a huge career boost. Everyone seems to love it and he’s been cranking out the music videos. One starred Tilda Swinton. This latest one, for the track “The Next Day”, features Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman and lots of Jesus imagery that is pissing off some Catholics. The video was apparently so intense and offense that it was briefly taken off of YouTube. It’s back up now with this warning:
This video has been age-restricted based on our Community Guidelines
LOL seriously? It’s like Madonna‘s “Like A Prayer” music video scandal all over again, except that was in 1989 and on MTV. I mean really, come on, YouTube.
Anyway. The Catholic League is mad at David Bowie. Lord Carey, Archbishop, thinks he’s immature for making this video. From The Telegraph:
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey poured scorn on an attempts by David Bowie to attract controversy by posing as Jesus in his new video – questioning whether he would have been so willing to offend Muslims.
He urged Christians to “rise above” the “juvenile” promotion for the single The Next Day, adding: “I doubt that Bowie would have the courage to use Islamic imagery – I very much doubt it.”
Other Christian commentators dismissed the move as “desperate” adding that, rather than leaving them shocked, it confirmed that Christianity is still important.
The video was temporarily pulled from YouTube, seemingly because of its controversial content.
But the website quickly moved to reinstate it, insisting it had been taken down in error – although adding an adult only rating.
There’s nothing in this video that you haven’t seen in The Da Vinci Code. There’s a pale priest flogging himself. Okay and also Gary Oldman plays a priest and punches a guy in the face. That definitely wasn’t in The Da Vinci Code.
I think Marion Cotillard is playing a prostitue and Bowie is some sort of Jesus. Other images include dismembered eyeballs being served on a plate, bishops appearing to pay for sex, a topless spooky woman with gold nipples, Cotillard + Stigmata, and David Bowie being whipped by a group of people. It’s really just another Thursday night at Iggy Pop’s house.
At the end of the video Bowie breaks the 4th wall when he says pleasantly, “Thank you, Gary, Thank you, Marion. Thank you everybody.”
See more stills from the video in the gallery.
May 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
A couple of others did, too, like Emile Hirsch and Tim Roth, but that doesn’t really matter all that much to me, truth be told. Also, it wasn’t just any old fashion show – it was a fancy-schmancy fashion show for Prada. Yup. Prada. And in case you couldn’t guess it from the, ahem, get-up that my boy Adrien‘s wearing in the photo above, it was “English Gent”-themed.
Finally, guess who led the final walk? Nope, it wasn’t Gary Oldman, much as I love him. It was Adrien. God. This guy’s just so multi-faceted and talented and … I don’t know, DAPPER, right? He goes from hip-hopping from basketball game to basketball game with Lil Wayne to reciting the Best of the Notorious B.I.G.’s Poetry to scholars (without skipping a vulgar word, indeed), to hobnobbing it with some of the UK’s finest male actors on a runway for Prada. Could there be a hotter, more refined-yet-down-to-earth dude ALIVE?
Who looked the hottest?
January 17, 2012 at 6:30 am by Sarah
I don’t know whether you guys already know this about screen legend Gary Oldman, so I’ll just tell you: the man supplies his voice to a lot of video games. Like, a lot of video games.
Like, Medal of Honor and a couple Call of Duty games, for instance. Like, Gary Oldman has participated in almost as many video games as Tim Curry has. Which, like, OK, that’s a lot of video games.
OK, FOR REAL: If you didn’t finally crack and break out into either giggles or guffaws right around 1:16, there might be something wrong with you. I think the real humor maybe has to do with the way Gary Oldman breathes from the diaphragm.