Acclaimed actor Gary Oldman set off a media firestorm on Monday over candid remarks defending certain fellow actors’ anti-Semitic and anti-homosexual insults.
“Political correctness is crap… I think it’s like, take a fucking joke. Get over it,” Oldman said during an extensive interview with Playboy, which focused on the thespian’s decades-long career — which he apparently doesn’t think much of, judging by his self-critical remarks — as well as his anti-PC, pro-libertarian political and social leanings.
Mel Gibson “got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites… The policeman who arrested him has never used the word nigger or that fucking Jew?” Oldman said.
“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,” he said, adding, “Some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, ‘That fucking kraut’ or ‘Fuck those Germans,’ whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me.”
Oldman also defended actor Alec Baldwin, who recently made headlines for hurling a homosexual slur at a photographer, saying that he didn’t blame Baldwin for “calling someone a F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone.”
The actor, well-known for his turn as Commissioner Gordon in the Dark Knight Batman movie trilogy, also railed against the satirical political culture in the US, where if “I called [US Democratic Congresswoman] Nancy Pelosi a cunt — and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless cunt — 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… Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, ‘You fag?’ I don’t get it.”
Oldman, in between letting loose such gems as “Oh, fuck the pope!” and “Read the newspaper. Go online. Our world has gone to hell,” also claimed that with Hollywood’s politically correct culture, “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,” he continued. “I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share. It’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.”