Gary Oldman SLAMS Hollywood Hypocrisy and Liberal Double Standards In Playboy
Gary Oldman slams Hollywood hypocrites and political correctness in a Playboy interview, defending the racist and homophobic slurs made by the likes of Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin while wondering what would happen if he called Nancy Pelosi a “f*cking useless c*nt.”
The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star is asked about the movie’s vision of apocalypse and his own view of the (real) future. “I think we’re up sh*t creek without a paddle or a compass,” he tells the outlet. How so? Oldman says, “Culturally, politically, everywhere you look. I look at the world, I look at our leadership and I look at every aspect of our culture and wonder what will make it better. I have no idea. Any night of the week you only need to turn on one of these news channels and watch for half an hour. Read the newspaper. Go online. Our world has gone to hell.”
He slams “helicopter parents who overschedule their children.” “There’s never any unsupervised play to develop skills or learn about hierarchy in a group or how to share,” he laments. “The kids honestly believe they are the center of the f*cking universe. But then they get out into the real world and it’s like, ‘Sh*t, maybe it’s not all about me,’ and that leads to narcissism, depression and anxiety.”
The actor says, “These are just tiny examples, grains of sand in a vast desert of what’s f*cked-up in our world right now. As for the people who pass for heroes in entertainment today, don’t even get me started.” “Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay. And what passes for music — it’s all on that plateau,” continues Oldman. “Who’s the hero for young people today? Some idiot who can’t f*cking sing or write or who’s shaking her ass and twerking in front of 11-year-olds.”
But Oldman’s complaints have more to do with politics than pop culture. Asked about Mel Gibson’s turbulent last few years, Oldman says, “I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f*cking joke. Get over it.”
“I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things,” continues the actor. “We’re all f*cking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n*gger or that f*cking Jew?”
He says, “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.”
Speaking of that other f-word… “Alec [Baldwin] calling someone an F-*-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,” explains Oldman. “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.”
The star says Gibson is “like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, ‘That f*cking kraut” or ‘F*ck those Germans,’ whatever it is? 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?'”
At this point, Oldman is asked about the pope. “Oh, f*ck the pope!” he tells Playboy, laughing. “So this interview has gone very badly. You have to edit and cut half of what I’ve said, because it’s going to make me sound like a bigot.” He explains, “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,” says Oldman. “I can’t bear double standards. It gets under my skin more than anything.” The problem, he explains, is that “more and more, people in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can’t ordinarily say, because it’s all too politically correct.”
Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c*nt — and I’ll go one better, a f*cking useless c*nt — 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 f*g’? I don’t get it.
And it doesn’t end there with double standards. “It’s our culture now, absolutely,” Oldman tells the outlet. “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.”
So what are his politics? “I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons,” says Oldman. He’s asked what America would look like if Hillary Clinton were president. “What can I say? I feel we need some real leadership, and it’s nowhere in sight,” says Oldman. “Look at what’s happening right now. John Kerry going off to China to talk about North Korea? What’s that going to do? The ludicrousness of it. What a waste of money. You’re going to go to the puppeteer and say, ‘Can you help me with the puppet?'”
He adds, “As far as Hillary, I guess I feel like my character in The Contender, Shelly Runyon. He doesn’t want Joan Allen to become president; he just believes she isn’t the right person for the job. It’s nothing to do with the fact that she’s a woman, but he uses a bit of dirt on her to bring her down.” Oldman also has no use for the Golden Globes.
“It’s a meaningless event. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is kidding you that something’s happening,” he explains. “They’re f*cking ridiculous. There’s nothing going on at all. It’s 90 nobodies having a wank. Everybody’s getting drunk, and everybody’s sucking up to everybody. Boycott the f*cking thing.” What about the Academy Awards? Oldman says, “The Oscars are different. But it’s showbiz. It’s all showbiz. That makes me sound like I’ve got sour grapes or something, doesn’t it?”
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