You know those celebrities who say something stupid and then decide to dig their heels in and double down? Well, Gary Oldman is not among them. Just days after raising millions of eyebrows with his comments about political correctness, the actor decided to put his tail between his legs and jump out of the way of the train during an honest interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Calling his comments “poorly considered”, Gary Oldman thanked the host for giving him a forum to apologize. Then, he plunged into a long-winded and heartfelt response that seemed neither overly prepared nor flippant.
You can read an excerpt below…
“Once I’d seen it in print, I could see it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed. Words have meaning. They carry weight. They carry on long after you say them. I don’t condone or excuse the words I used in any context.”
The controversy started during an interview with Playboy Magazine. Gary Oldman and his interviewer got on the subject of political correctness, and the actor sounded off about how he’s not able to say certain words or express certain opinions without people freaking out, despite the fact that they might use those words in the privacy of their homes. In doing so, he defended Mel Gibson, defended Alec Baldwin and used some of those offensive words. In trying to make an interesting point about society, he riled up a whole lot of people.
A lot of battles aren’t worth fighting. It likely would have been the natural impulse of many to clarify what they were trying to say, but now and again, that can only cause more problems. In the end, this just wasn’t worth it. It’s nice to see Gary Oldman recognized that and did what he needed to do in order to move on.
As for the rest of the world’s celebrities, they should take note. Because of his own random problems with the PC police, Jimmy Kimmel has had to apologize more than his share of times. Apparently if you do so honestly on his show, he will give you the benefit of the doubt and provide a forum that allows you to move on.