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Gary Oldman Gives Emotional Apology for His Controversial Remarks: 'I'm an A-Hole'

Gary Oldman Gives Emotional Apology for His Controversial Remarks: 'I'm an A-Hole'

Gary Oldman steps out to run errands around town with a friend on Wednesday afternoon (June 25) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 56-year-old actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live later in the evening to apologize again for the controversial remarks he said in a recent interview, which many people considered to be Anti-Semetic comments.

“I said some things that were poorly considered and once I had seen it in print I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious, and ill-informed,” Gary said. “Words have meaning. They carry weight and they carry on long after you’ve said them and I don’t condone or excuse the words I used in any context. I just basically shouldn’t have used them in any context, but I did and I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people. So, I appreciate you having me here and extending your hospitality to put me in this seat once again and it gives me the opportunity to say to those people that I from my heart, I am profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic. Especially to the fans because they have been so incredible to me and very loyal. My nickname [for them is] ‘Team Oldman’ and I really feel that I let them down. I’m a public figure. I should be an example and an inspiration, and I’m an a-hole. I’m 56 and should know better.”


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  • Suzy Q

    I see what he’s saying about those without sin throwing the first stone and all, and I agree the media is so hypocritical for the most part. People in general are hypocrites, but as a minority, I can say I never used the N-word or made anti-Jewish remarks. So not sure where he’s coming from there.

  • LaCroix

    who friggin cares? I have heard many people of all cultures make derogatory remarks about other people.. people are getting to the point where you can no longer speak your mind without having to apologize for it cause you hurt someone cus of it.. this is just unreal. people want realism from celebs & then when they give it to them they can’t handle. But then they don’t respect celebs who are PR filled. damned if you do & don’t

  • Frank

    So he’s basically getting heat for telling the truth? I work in Hollywood. I can tell you that I have been to almost every single studio in Hollywood and 99% are owned by Jews. The heads of the biggest media outlets in Hollywood are run by Jews. The Reuters in LA is run by mostly Jews. And I am Jewish myself. Why are Jews so terrified to own up to the fact that we do in fact run Hollywood. We should be proud of it.

    Jews steal land from Palestinians and we are supposed to be proud of that but legitimately owning one of the biggest media powerhouse cities in the world we should shy away from. That’s not hypocritcal at all.

  • marq

    He is every bit the high profile/prominent public figure he admits to. No serious doubt about that. It is difficult to believe that one could begrudge such a man, for long, who is given to such deep, reflective, profound personal soul-searching as that.

  • Corinne

    He said some offensive things, but I totally got what he was trying to get across. As the commenter above said, most people say or have said racial slurs. It happens. It’s not a good thing, but it doesn’t make you a terrible person. His overall message though, at leat how I read it, was that we live in a world now where you have to be politically correct all the time. Amongst friends MOST people say offensive things from time to time and it’s not the end of the world IMO. He just happened to say them at an inappropriate time. Seems like he’s genuinely sorry. Lesson learned.

  • i am the walrus

    he told the truth that you must politically correct at all times in this day and age

    to such an extent that one can’t have an opinion or an original thought if it contradicts the left liberal agenda

    and this apology and this backlash only proves his original point that he was right on the mark

    forced by the thought police, whom in their attempt to control the opinions of individuals, in fact only suppress originality and deny the very rights of that person

    basically denying someone’s rights to advance their own

    conform , accept, and blend lemming….or else

  • rha22

    It’s funny that sometimes te most politically correct people are actually quite hateful and obnoxious, but the ones who aren’t politically correct and say things that are offensive are deep down good people. Being PC is overrated. I’m a fan of his and totally think his apology is sincere.

  • Okok

    His words were piss poor, but he seems really sorry. I forgive him!

  • korra

    It’s not like he was running someone down with a bus! Jeez!! Why do we have to watch everything we say??? He was right: almost everyone has said racial stuff at some point. If you say otherwise you’re probably lying.

  • eat myth

    Glad someone in Hollywood doesn’t blindly follow liberal BS. Good on him.

  • Umma

    I’m mixed race and I’ve said racial slurs before. Doesn’t mean I hate. Anyone who says they haven’t said something racial or thought someone racist is a TOTAL LIAR.

  • OhCanada

    Sirius Black, as a black chick, I get your point. I abhor PC bollocks. However, you could have found a less offensive way to get your point across.

    btw, you re the best Commissioner Gordon ever.

  • xyzc

    DONT U MISS THE DAYS WHEN THERE WAS LITTLE TO NO POLITICAL CORECTNESS? THE CANCER CALLED POLITICAL CORECTNESS? HATS OFF TO MR. OLDMAN FOR STATING THE OBVIOUS, THE VERY OBVIOUS, FOR SAYING IT OUT LOUD.

  • xyzc

    @Frank:

    good post. And they dont hesitate to kill their own when they choose the good way. Think of Amschel Mayor James Rothschild and Aaron Swartz

  • no thanks

    What about the other minorities he trashed? I guess they don’t give him a paycheck, so he doesn’t care. His defense of Mel Gibson says it all- Gary acts like Mel said one thing, one night…so not true. Mel ranted about blacks, women, Hispanics- multiple times ON TAPE. The whiners about the world being too PC are ridiculous and betray their true character…say whatever you want, be as rude and prejudiced as want, but take the CONSEQUENCES. Maybe not everbody wants to work with a rude bigot…their right, just as much as it was his right to spew. I don’t know who he’s hanging with, but not everybody drops n-bombs, f-bombs, etc. Wasting all that time defending Mel, AB, his twisted bigotry…too bad he isn’t spending time defending the less fortunate. He probably sees himself as the opressed and less fortunate.

  • Corrine

    I forgive Gary Oldman, and I get what Kimmel is saying too. For some people all the apologies in the world are never enough. I think Oldman was very sincere and he didn’t make excuses, he owned it, so it would be nice if the media would move on now. The horse is dead. Quit beating it.

  • GAStinks

    once again Oldman apologizing profusely to the Jewish hands that feed him in Hollywood but no apologies to blacks and gays.Noted Gary

  • Athan

    Political correctness is poison. It shouldn’t exist in a free society. It means we are NOT as free as people claim. I read the context of what he was saying, he was trying to make an overall point.

    People are just trying to make a scapegoat out of him.

  • Athan

    @no thanks:

    I’m hispanic, I have no problem with Gibson. He was drunk out of his mind. Good god let it go. You people are extremists.

  • Haha!

    Watch out Gary. You will end up on Expendables 4 with Mel Gibson if you don’t watch your mouth.

  • hannah

    People need to get over this. I honestly don’t get the outrage. So he commented on Jews, gays, and blacks. Get over it. I totally agree with @Athan that this need for censorship pretty much means we don’t actually live in the free world we claim to live in.

  • Kate

    I forgive him. I’m Asian and I know what it’s like to be discriminated against, but people are allowed to have their opinions. I certainly have mine about certain races. I’m no angel!!!! Moving on…..

  • No doubt

    I love the guy.

  • Orin

    @haha no he won’t. The difference is that he did such a convincing apology that seems really sad and sincere. He will be ok I think.

  • Gary Wilcox

    @Frank:

    Actually, many of the Jews that were persecuted through Russian pogroms prior to World War I purchased the vast majority of said land from Arab Muslims and continued to do so after World War I. By the time the UN had to make a decision regarding an escalated tribal conflict in the Palestinian territory, Jews had amassed enough land to claim “home.” It was at that point in 1948 that Palestinians were offered a legitimate claim to a country alongside Jews for the first time in history despite Ottoman Muslims and Arab MUslims controlling the land for 1300 years. Of course, it was also at this point that Arab governments decided to “defend” Palestinian Muslims against the “invading” Jews who purchased the land from said Arabs to begin with. “Stole” is a term used by ignorant people who prefer it to the actual history. In the end, if Jews “stole” Palestinian land, then Arab Muslims gave it to them.

    And no..I am not Jewish. Just someone that has decided that bigotry and ignorance has no place in understanding some simple history. Another point….if Jews were the health problem during the Black Plague because they actually practiced good hygiene, the economic problem in Nazi Germany because they owned banks and businesses, and the problem in Hollywood because they simply exist behind desks…doesn’t this suggest that instead of hating on Jews for their success we should consider our lack of ingenuity and business savvy? Don’t hate ‘em because they are successful. Hate yourself because you are not.

  • Gary Wilcox

    @rha22:

    Which suggests that political correctness is largely BS and is merely an one assumes in order to place themselves superior to others.

  • james

    @Frank:

    Jew’s steal land from the Palestinians? lech teemtots zain ya boged ben zona.

  • The Guy

    @LaCroix:

    Are you actually supporting racist comments?

  • http://www.WhatIsBroadway.com/ broadway

    Today, I went to the beach with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said
    “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

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