Gary Oldman Apology to Anti-Defamation League for Jewish Hollywood Comments in Playboy Interview — READ LETTER HERE
As Gossip Cop reported, Oldman said Mel Gibson’s infamous anti-Semitic remarks only got him into trouble because he’s “in a town that’s run by Jews,” and argued that Jews — and everyone, really — have at some point said something politically incorrect about another group and people should “take a f*cking joke.”
On Tuesday, the ADL condemned Oldman’s remarks, for “irresponsibly feed[ing] into a classic anti-Semitic canard about supposed Jewish control of Hollywood and the film industry.”
Now, in a letter obtained by Deadline, the movie star expresses regret, acknowledging that now having read the interview, he sees “how insensitive [his words] 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,” Oldman says, calling himself “deeply remorseful.”
Check out Oldman’s full statement below, and tell us what you think.
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 [sic] 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.