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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Criticizes 'GQ' for False Allegations

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Criticizes 'GQ' for False Allegations

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has taken to his Tumblr page to criticize GQ for writing about the false allegations surrounding his brother Dan‘s death in the cover piece for the magazine’s August 2012 issue.

“First of all, I’d like to thank both of the Jims and everyone else at GQ for putting me on the cover of their magazine this month. That kind of exposure is a huge help to all the work I love to do, and I’m deeply appreciative.

“I’m writing this because I have a problem with what their article says about my brother. I’ll be honest, it really made me feel terrible. Here’s a quote: ‘the elder Gordon-Levitt died of an alleged drug overdose in 2010. “It was an accident” is all Joe will say about that.’

“Using the word ‘alleged’ technically allows the writer to say whatever she wants. The ‘allegations’ to which she must be referring were made by a handful of gossip websites. They are factually incorrect according to the coroner’s office and the police department. I don’t like publicly speaking about my brother’s death, but I’m making an exception to correct this irresponsible claim.

“By the way, while I asked the writer not to dwell on how he died, I did say quite a bit about how he lived, and how much he means to me. Dan was a brightly positive, genuinely caring, and brilliantly inspiring person, and I liked the idea of such a wide readership learning about him. My parents and I are disappointed with what the article chose to focus on regarding this sensitive subject.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK about Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s open letter about GQ?

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24 Responses to “Joseph Gordon-Levitt Criticizes 'GQ' for False Allegations”

  1. 1
    Cho Says:

    Glad he is setting the record str8.

  2. 2
    shar Says:

    Good on you Joe!

  3. 3
    dooliloo Says:

    Well Joe honey, I love you but as much as your beloved brother (may he rest in peace) was everything you wrote, he wasn’t perfect, he was battling whatever he was battling and the unfortunate accident happened, and that is what people are going to remember only even if it was an accident… Remember your Doppelgänger aka Heath Ledger and his unfortunate death? also may be you should accept that yourself that nobody is perfect not even the ones you love the most, so as much as you wan him to be remembered that way, people will remember how he died… sorry love but I love but it is the unfortunate but cruel reality…

  4. 4
    tess Says:

    @dooliloo:
    Are you kidding me? It’s HIS BROTHER? Loosing a sibling is one of the hardest things in the world. He loved his brother dearly so for you to say that he should accept a misrepresentation of him in an article that it doesn’t even need to be mentioned in is ridiculous. For GQ to dwell on his death in the first place when he asked them not to is rude and unprofessional, especially when just relying on outside sources and gossip sites. Why not just print what Joe said highlighting his life like he asked?

  5. 5
    Katie Says:

    @dooliloo:
    Are you kidding me? It’s HIS BROTHER? Loosing a sibling is one of the hardest things in the world. He loved his brother dearly so for you to say that he should accept a misrepresentation of him in an article that it doesn’t even need to be mentioned in is ridiculous. For GQ to dwell on his death in the first place when he asked them not to is rude and unprofessional, especially when just relying on outside sources and gossip sites. Why not just print what Joe said highlighting his life like he asked??

  6. 6
    Anne Says:

    @dooliloo: What a sordid comment. People should be remembered for the best they did in life in spite of their troubles, and many are: Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison, Nick Drake, just to name a few. BTW, doesn’t the death report say Heath Ledger’s overdose was accidental?

  7. 7
    Yasso Says:

    Well, his brother was a good person, but he did die of an accidental overdose, didn’t he?

  8. 8
    Sunshine Says:

    @dooliloo:

    Joe honey, do you know Joseph that well? GQ did cross the line and manipulated the interview for their benefit, the interviewer should have respected Joseph’s request of not dwelling on how his brother passed. It was a huge transgression on their part. Wonderful Open-Letter, Mr.Gordon-Levitt you are one classy guy, kudos.

  9. 9
    Laura Says:

    I think Joseph handled this very well. He was respectful of the magazine and stated his take in a thoughtful way.

  10. 10
    Creed Says:

    Good for him for sticking up for his brother with class.

  11. 11
    dooliloo Says:

    it’s not sordid it’s the reality, as much as his brother was a great person and all, well people are going to remember the other side of him, I’m pointing the obvious here.

  12. 12
    African Girl Says:

    JGL has always struck me as a well brought up kid, glad to see I wasn’t wrong.
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    Classy Letter!!

  13. 13
    African Girl Says:

    @dooliloo:
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    Seriously just STFU!!

  14. 14
    AnonymousDiva Says:

    No, dooliloo, you aren’t “pointing out the obvious”. You’re spreading malicious gossip and being snarky. That’s disgusting.

    Yasso, JGL stated that neither the coroner’s report nor the police report list an OD as the cause of his death. Are you just playing dumb here?

  15. 15
    lola Says:

    he is not only a brilliant actor and a handsome dude, but he is also very reasonable and clever… this letter is a proof that, he could have just cursed the magazine out (he had every right to do so) but he didn’t, instead he stated what happened in a very polished and clear manner and even thanked GQ for featuring him on the cover, the brilliance of what he did with this letter is that it makes the magazine and whoever wrote this piece look a lot worse than if he had just called them names and thrown a fit. In the end good arguments are always more effective then the use of bad language or violence… I wish more people got that.

  16. 16
    Yasso Says:

    @anonymousdiva, su c k it beeyotch. So tell us, how did his brother die? Did the tea fairy kill him? You’re an a$$.

  17. 17
    mrs_fuzzybee Says:

    The problem is JGL brother did OD. The coroners toxicology report says as much. Prior to Dan’s death Dan was in a documentary on counter-culture and recreational drug use. Dan was bragging about taking excess amount of LSD, X and anything else he could use to “expand his mind” (his words). His death is a result of his chronic drug issue. You can actually request and copy of the coroner’s report on Dan’s death.

    It is sad that Joe lost his brother. It happens people die and sometimes they die accidentally due to their own vices. It is understandable that he doesn’t want to hear people talk about the circumstance that lead to Dan’s death but the facts are the facts, his brother did of an OD.

    Perhaps Joe should have set better ground rules for the interview and NEVER allowed the reporter the option of discussing his brother’s life or death. The thing is he didn’t.

  18. 18
    tkl Says:

    @mrs_fuzzybee

    So what if he OD? No of your business. Its no ones but his family and friends. It was always out there that he did but he family didn’t want to bring it up. One of the most ignorant comments ever. Gosh.

  19. 19
    brandon Says:

    @mrs_fuzzybee: ok so now people have to TELL reporters they’re not aloud to use their personal losses to try and create unfounded gossip for the sake of selling magazines? wow what a world we live in…

  20. 20
    Scarlett Says:

    People are really blaming him?

  21. 21
    Claudia Says:

    He is one classy man. Other than being a fan of his works I’m driven to think he’s a really good person.

  22. 22
    Sam Says:

    @dooliloo for your comment:

    hey i just see you…
    And this is crazy..
    But here’s my comment…
    Just call you dildo

  23. 23
    mina Says:

    @AnonymousDiva:
    YAY!!!! Yes they are playing dumb. they can’t stop talking about the way he died but ignore the main-subject in this open letter: it’s horrible journalism!!!! GQ doesn’t have any official prove ( not even after an interview with an affected guy) but let it appear as it is a fact….horrible, horrible journalism..

  24. 24
    British Latin American Says:

    I’ve always admired Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but he went up even higher in my estimation after this. He handled himself beautifully, with a poise and dignity that most more or less young hollywood actors, and many a lot older, wouldn’t begin to have. He’s a credit to the upbringing that his parents did their best to give him, and he is honorable to his brother’s memory. A son and brother to be proud of.

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