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Gary Oldman comes to defense of Mel Gibson's anti-semitic rant

By David Bauder

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 03:04 p.m. HST, Jun 24, 2014

NEW YORK » Gary Oldman is defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their comments on Jews and homosexuals, saying people need to take a joke.

Oldman's manager, in a statement issued Tuesday as the actor's expletive-laden interview with Playboy began getting attention, said Oldman was criticizing hypocrisy and finds any kind of bigotry unacceptable and disgraceful.

During his interview, Oldman decried the "political correctness" that ensnared the two actors. Gibson delivered an anti-Semitic rant in 2006 while being arrested for drunk driving, and he later apologized. Baldwin last year was accused of using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street confrontation.

Oldman said that Gibson "got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We're all (expletive) hypocrites." He said he didn't blame Baldwin for using the slur because somebody bothered him.

"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," Oldman said in the interview.

He urged the Playboy interviewer to "edit and cut half of what I've said, because it's going to make me sound like a bigot."

He said he's not a bigot, "but I'm defending all the wrong people. I'm saying Mel's all right, Alec's a good guy."

"Gary Oldman wants Jews to 'get over' what Mel Gibson said. But what Gibson said, was the slogan that Adolf Hitler used to murder six million Jews," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "(Oldman's) 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," Hier said in a statement Tuesday.

Douglas Urbanski, Oldman's longtime manager, said in an email to The Associated Press that his client was not defending his fellow actors, despite Oldman's comment in the article that he was indeed defending the actors.

"It simply cannot be read any other way, and to put it any other way is simply cherry picking something, stating it inaccurately, and creating news where there is none," Urbanski said.

He said Oldman was "illustrating the absurd by being absurd."

Oldman stars in the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," out July 11. Distributor 20th Century Fox declined to comment on Oldman'sPlayboy remarks.

Oldman also appears in a TV commercial for the HTC mobile phone company, which sought to distance itself Tuesday from the actor's remarks. "Mr. Oldman's views are his own and do not reflect the views of HTC," HTC said in a statement.

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CriticalReader wrote:
Take away Oldman's NBA Team!
on June 24,2014 | 02:16PM
st1d wrote:
in this day of saul alinsky's liberal p.c. nazis, any reference to liberal special interest groups will be met with choruses of protests of bigotry, racism or sexism in an attempt to shut down discussions which may otherwise bring groups together.

on the other hand, raucous slurs against any conservative group will bring applause and cheering by the same liberal p.c. nazis.

on June 24,2014 | 03:28PM
dyw001 wrote:
Can you give examples of slurs against any conservative groups?
on June 24,2014 | 06:53PM
st1d wrote:
calling tea party members tea baggers for one.
on June 24,2014 | 07:57PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Well, they did start the ball rolling themselves: http://theweek.com/article/index/202620/the-evolution-of-the-word-tea-bagger
on June 24,2014 | 09:53PM
droid wrote:
They won’t think it’s so funny once the Tea Party takes over Congress. It’s already happening.
on June 25,2014 | 04:01AM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
dyw......LOLOLOL.....oh.....you're serious?
on June 24,2014 | 08:30PM
Grimbold wrote:
Truth is that a relatively large part of the entertainment industry is controlled by Jews. And the pernicious effect on the people and their morals of crude and sexually exploiting entertainment content is deplorable, money greed being the driving force of such bad entertainment.
on June 24,2014 | 07:05PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
The Jews have morals that are crude and sexually exploiting?
on June 24,2014 | 08:30PM
false wrote:
Blue Dolphin53, I believe that the question is: "do you think that ONLY Jews have morals that are crude and sexually exploiting, to which Grimbold would answer "yes." Regarding st1d's comments about sol alinsky I believe that comment is anti-Semitic. However, what I believe is at play here is that the majority always rules the minority. For example, in the South,where whites are powerful, a black man who derogates a white woman is lynched. In Hollywood where Jews are powerful, anyone who derogates Jews is blackballed. Look at the woman who played "Florence" in the Jeffersons comedy, one anti-Semetic comment out of her mouth and she was blackballed. Same thing happened to Mel Gibson. Like it or not, insult the powerful majority, and you get blackballed.
on June 24,2014 | 09:45PM
tutulois wrote:
Oldman may be a great actor, but he's an idiot for adding to this controversy. "A town run by Jews" ??? really ?? Just plain stupid, old-fashioned anti-Semitism, which is rearing its ugly head all over the world these days...France, the Ukraine. I am a Christian who is sick of it.
on June 25,2014 | 04:58AM
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