Gary Oldman apologized for anti-Semitic comments in Playboy interview

By 06.25.14

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As if on cue (because we knew it was coming), here’s Gary Oldman apologizing for his inane defense of Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism in a recent Playboy interview. Apparently the Anti-Defamation League didn’t appreciate it when Oldman said, among other things, “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?”

Writes Oldman

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.

I guess we’ll see if people are buying Oldman’s remorse when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comes out on July 11th.

Now then, about his defense of Alec Baldwin using a homophobic slur? When is that apology coming?

Related: Gary Oldman defends Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin in insanity-filled interview

Gary Oldman Answers ADL Charges Of Anti-Semitism In Playboy Interview [Deadline]

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