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During the expletive laden Playboy interview, Oldman decried the "political correctness" that ensnared Gibson and Baldwin. 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 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," the company said in a statement.
"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.
correctness" that ensnared the two actors. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP, File)
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.
Gary Oldman apologizes for defending controversial remarks by Gibson and Baldwin
"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.
manager, said in an earlier email to the AP that his client was not defending his fellow actors, despite Oldman's comment in the article that he was indeed defending the actors.
He said Oldman was "illustrating the absurd by being absurd."
"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 Michael Kors Jet Set Satchel 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 to The Associated Press.
am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people," Oldman wrote in an open letter to the Anti Defamation League late Tuesday. "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."
FILE This April 10, 2014 file photo shows actor Alec Baldwin at the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival's Opening Night Gala in Los Angeles. Actor 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. In an interview with Playboy, Oldman decried "political Michael Kors Ipad Clutch
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Oldman stars in the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," out July 11. Distributor 20th Century Fox declined to comment on Oldman's Playboy remarks.
Gary Oldman apologizes for defending controversial remarks
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