Actor Gary Oldman spoke out against the “political correctness” these days, coming to the defense of Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson.
The “Dawn of the Plantet of the Apes” star thinks it’s unfair that people are so hypocritical and won’t forgive the two actors for their previous comments.
Oldman spoke to Playboy magazine in a new interview, coming to the defense of Mel and Alec.
He was asked what he thought of how Mel Gibson was treated, he replied, “I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f***ing joke. Get over it.”
Gibson, 58, made anti-Jewish slurs when he was arrested for suspected drink-driving in Malibu in 2006, reportedly telling the arresting officer, “F****** Jews… the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
He later apologized for his “despicable” behavior, explaining that the comments were “blurted out in a moment of insanity”.
The Playboy’s July/August double issue out on Friday, which spills on Gary’s “wild nights” with groupies and his four marriages, hit the nail on the head in this interview.
Oldman said, “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***ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f***ing Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should just strike that and say “the N word” and “the F word,” although there are two F words now.”
Gary also chatted about Alec Baldwin, saying he is a good guy despite tossing out homophobic slurs.
Oldman stated, “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. So they persecute. 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? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, ‘That f***ing kraut’ or ‘F*** those Germans,’ whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me”.
The actor continues, “We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, ‘Isn’t that shocking?'”
The “True Romance” actor admitted the interview had taken a fateful turn, and insisted he was not “a bigot.”
He said of his comments, “No, but I’m defending all the wrong people. I’m saying Mel’s all right, Alec’s a good guy. So how do I come across? Angry? It’s dishonesty that frustrates me most. I can’t bear double standards. It gets under my skin more than anything.”
He also noted that certain comedians are allowed to say racist and homophobic things under the guise of satire, while he would get slammed.
He claimed, “Well, if I called ( Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives) Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f***ing useless c**— 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 fag 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.”
The actor, who only ever received one Oscar nomination despite a career of acclaimed turns, took aim at the way members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote.
Oldman was finally nominated for a best actor in 2011 for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, but lost out to The Artist’s Jean Dujardin .
He said, “At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.”
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