Gary Oldman Lets Loose In Playboy Interview, The World Overreacts
By Mack Rawden 12 months ago
Gary Oldman isnít your typical Hollywood celebrity. Heís never been interested in playing the game and has more often than not, gravitated toward roles he found unusual or eccentric rather than ones that would pay him the most money or bring him the most fame. Because of that, the majority of the headlines written about him, especially in the past few years, have been respectful and positive, but itís been the exact opposite over the past day or so after his interview with Playboy Magazine went public, revealing a slew of quotes about political correctness, Mel Gibson and liberals.
From the outside looking in, many of Gary Oldmanís comments look pretty rough. He calls Nancy Pelosi a useless cunt. He defends Mel Gibsonís behavior during his infamous traffic stop. He blasts Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. He uses the n-word and both of the f-words. In short, itís a publicistís nightmare, but for all of those who are willing to actually read the entire exchange, theyíll see this isnít merely a case of an older white guy losing it. In fact, the entire conversation is actually about how politically correct Hollywood has become and how heís unable to say any of those things.
Letís take a look, as an example, of Gary Oldmanís take on Alec Baldwin and Mel GibsonÖ
ĒAlec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while heís pissed off coming out of his building because they wonít leave him alone. I donít blame him. So they persecute. Mel Gibson is in a town thatís run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because heís actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed himóand doesnít need to feed him anymore because heís got enough dough. Heís like an outcast, a leper, you know?Ē
That sounds really horrible, right? Well, that statement came amidst a larger comment about how he doesnít understand outrage. Hereís that portionÖ
ĒWe all hide and try to be so politically correct. Thatís what gets me. Itís just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, ďIsnít that shocking?Ē
In many ways, the situation is very similar to the controversy Mark Cuban stirred up a few weeks back. Speaking on the Donald Sterling fiasco in which the Clippers owner ranted during a private conversation about not wanting black people to attend his games, Cuban told an interviewer itís a slippery slope when you start threatening people over their prejudices since feelings are different than actions. His larger point was a philosophical one, but some of his individual quotes about walking to the other side of the street when shady young people approach were excerpted and printed without clarification.
The same thing has been happening to Gary Oldman here, though fortunately most outlets seem to be providing at least a measure of the larger story. Hereís to hoping that continues and this controversy doesnít spiral further out of control.