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Gary Oldman Apologizes to Jewish Individuals After Controversial 'Playboy' Interview

Gary Oldman Apologizes to Jewish Individuals After Controversial 'Playboy' Interview

Gary Oldman has issued an apology in the form of an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League for his remarks said about Jewish individuals during an interview with Playboy.

“I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” the 56-year-old actor said in his letter. “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.”

The ADL responded to his apology, and are not pleased.

“We have just begun a conversation with his managing producer,” Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the ADL, responded (via Variety). “At this point, we are not satisfied with what we have received. His apology is insufficient and not satisfactory.”

Click inside to read Gary‘s remarks to Playboy about Jewish people, and also the entirety of his open apology letter...

Gary’s original rant: “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. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That f—king kraut” or “Fuck 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?” [smiles wryly] All right. Shall I stop talking now? What else can we discuss?”

Gary’s Open Letter:
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 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.

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  • who cares

    offend away

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  • Lee

    Birds of a feather, his best bud is mel, just doing the bogus “mea culpa” that your ppl told you to do. Wonder how the apes film will do?

  • ingrid

    Im sorry BUt Gary’s original rant is totally correct and TRUE !!

    he shouldnt have to apologize

  • nemo

    …anddd he’s still a major douche.

  • Craig Lawson

    Its all so hypocritical everyone says thing no is perfect, but in our everyone is a victum no sence of humor society, we no longer have free speach. Instead of an apology he should have offered fhem vacations in Iran

  • Shamu

    I would’ve invited the people from ADL to discuss the matter face to face. I bet they would have refused, because no media attention.

  • A

    He is a total jerk, as are some of the posters here.

  • Bob

    Everyone knows that Jews own and control Hollywood and one has to kiss their rings in order to make it there.

  • DanaJ

    I don’t care, he’s a great actor.

  • CarrieFromBelgium

    There are so many sarcasm in his apology
    Even if i was disagree with him in some points,at least he was honest.Here he sounds a jerk ( don’t do apology who doesn’t sound honest)

  • pacifico

    people shouldn’t have to walk on glass to speak the truth……
    Hollywood is run by our hebrew bretheren, but was invented
    and created by a WASP named D.W. Griffith……….

  • Sayer

    Douchey actor.

  • Sayer

    Or, let me correct. Good actor, but douchey guy.


    “Gary Oldman” is a jew, as are ALL BRITS, of course!! Trying to pull a masquerade on America doesn’t win this jew, this eurasian, any American favors or friends!!

  • Mia

    I thought he was smarter than this. He sounds like a 15 year old.

  • false sentiments

    he’s a jew and he said that knowing he could get away with it
    i was originally going to say he shouldn’t have to apologize for telling the truth
    but maybe he is backhanded stabbing mel in the back again.
    the jews owe america an apology.
    his apology sounds insincere now.
    has a jew ever apologized for insulting non jews?
    i can’t find it.

  • .

    i agree
    he shouldn’t have to apologize

  • bob

    Well, well – how hypocritical some of you are …. When Donald Sterling made his comments about blacks in a private conversation he was called a racist. But when Gary Oldman makes his comments about Jews in a public statement he is praised. Neither of them are the bigots; some of you people are. How sad and pathetic it is to be so prejudiced.

  • Can’t get any dumber

    Our borders are now wide open (unreported by our traitorous media) to the south as the poorest of the poor flood in by the tens of thousands from Central America over the last couple of weeks and liberal PC “tollerant” freeks are worried about words.

  • sky

    wow, this is getting beyond ridiculous no one can speak the truth without some group or some culture getting offended. Is this the world that we have become, if this is the case I am shocked we have not yet experienced world war III. All the man was doing was making a point about the hypocrisy of Hollywood and the people in the biz. If Jews are offended I don’t get why. I don’t see why anyone deserves an apology here.

  • bob

    And why was Al (Tawana Brawley) Sharpton and Jesse (my son is in jail) Jackson ready to protest against the Clippers when Donald Sterling made his comments?? If Oldman shouldn’t apologize then Sterling should not have been made to apologize and have the NBA try to take his team away from him.

  • Sandy

    His whole original comment was about how people get their panties in a bunch over everything ~ and then people are getting their panties in a bunch. Unbunch your panties and move on.

  • Tyranny

    The whole point of censoring speech, changing and dictating language, using blanket trendy descriptors judging supposedly intollerant people leads directly to the complete loss of freedom of speech for ALL individuals, which IS the goal. .

  • whatever

    he says wat he wants
    some are offended
    some not

  • crwsh

    I agree with bob. Donald Sterling and Gary Oldman are both entitled to say what they want. But then why was Donald Sterling made to apologize and have the NBA try to take his team away from him?? I’ll tell you why – because the blacks were threatening to riot and boycott if they didn’t get Sterling out, and threatened to hold their collective breaths if they didn’t get their demands met.

  • bob

    And why were Al (Tawana Brawley) Sharpton and Jesse (my son is in jail) Jackson ready to protest against the Clippers when Donald Sterling made his comments?? If Oldman shouldn’t apologize then Sterling should not have been made to apologize and have the NBA try to take his team away from him. I wanted to add that there is a double standard going on here, which is simply unfair.

  • allison

    @bob: What in the hell are you talking about.
    Sterling and Oldman said things that offended people. Some people got upset. Some didn’t. Both apologized. How is it a double standard.
    @crwsh: Listen you can say whatever YOU want.
    But don’t be stupid enough to believe that there will not be reactions if what you said hurts other people. If you think you are right in what you said than don’t apologize.
    Simple put Oldman and Sterling cared more about their money and their livelihood and they stupid things they said in a interview and to an ex gf.


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  • GAStinks

    he apologized quick to the hands to feed his bigoted arse

  • false sentiments

    I agree with bob
    sterling should not have had to apologize
    none of the men in that industry respect women and that is the real issue. Not racism. There is a lot of dishonesty and gameplaying in that situation. And truth be told I don’t really like oldman anyway but I never knew he was jewish until someone mentioned it here on the thread.
    Even though I might not like someone I focus on the truth. And the truth is his original statement is accurate. funnily enough he is saying this in a sexist publication. and that is my point about the basketball men. all disrespectful to women. and the disrespect to whites came out real clear. i mean non jewish whites. jews identify as white not jewish on an I-9 form. so they can go take their antisemitic claims and shove it up their asses.

  • holding up a mirror

    sterling apologized because he offended the jews because what he said about jews was accurate. he was right about the blacks too on the sex issue. he was right about the jews on the racist issue. and its also true that blacks are racist towards whites who aren’t jews. this is the older generation i am talking about in the black community. but the younger ones are not as racist. i just don’t like or approve of their attitudes towards sex. and i will never change my mind on any of this.

  • Stop it

    Gary, I sorry you felt the need to issue an open letter. You don’t need to apologize for anything you said! You are a respected actor and you meant no harm with your words. People will find a way to take it to another level and that’s their problem. P.S. I fell in love with you when I saw Sid & Nancy!

  • 5

    I think some jewish people have taken advantage of being jewish to bully people and gain power. so I do agree with some of the things he’s said, some jews do act like they own everything and everything is due to them. Plus: where and how do they get that much money?!!

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    I’m with Gary. What he said is true.

    The ADL is a well known hate group. Ignore them.

  • Chase

    Jesus. People can’t even talk any more without somebody getting “offended”. I don’t see anything wrong in what he said. Maybe a little stereotypical, but also truthful. If anyone knows how Hollywood works behind the scenes I think it would be Gary Oldman. To those of you who said his apology sounds fake and not meaningful, it’s because it is. He wasn’t trying to offend anyone and believes what he said so of course he’s not gonna gonna really mean his apology. Is he sorry people got offended? Yeah, probably. Does he really care? Probably not. So in closing, stop crying and stop being so damn sensitive about every little tiny thing.

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  • opc3000

    In my head I picture members of the anti-defamation league are “reading” (LoL) a Playboy Magazine, for the articles mind you, and stumble across Gary Oldman’s “rant” about hypocrisy and are deeply offended. Can someone post the definition of irony for the ADL, then maybe follow up with the definition for hypocrisy for Gary Oldman just so we’re all on the same page. My eyes are about to break with how much I’m rolling them right now.