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ADL: Gary Oldman's apology "insufficient"

Amid a storm of controversy over remarks made in an interview with Playboy magazine, actor Gary Oldman has issued an apology.

“I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” Oldman wrote in an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League late Tuesday. “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 Anti-Defamation League was unimpressed by Oldman’s apology for defending Mel Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments.

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

Foxman amplified those remarks on Wednesday: “While his apology may be heartfelt, Mr. Oldman does not understand why his words about Jewish control were so damaging and offensive, and it is therefore insufficient.”

“His reference to the Neal Gabler book he was reading only reinforces the notion that Jewish directors, producers and financiers are there in Hollywood as Jews. They’re not, and the book does not draw that conclusion. They are there acting as individuals. They do not pursue a Jewish agenda or strategy. They are there acting as professionals and Americans with skills working alongside many other non-Jews who are also in show business for the same reasons.”

“Mr. Oldman needs to recognize that his words, not just as they were written, but as he uttered them, are deeply offensive. And he needs to be sensitive to the fact that other remarks for which he has yet to apologize – including his disparaging remarks about the Pope and about gay people – were also deeply troubling and hurtful to many.”

“Whether they intend it or not, celebrities act as role models and bear an outsized responsibility for their words and their actions. Oldman needs to make clear not only to the Jewish community but also his fans that his words were are predicated on offensive notions and, as such, are clearly unacceptable.”

In a wide-ranging interview, Oldman was critical of what he described as political correctness run amok in Hollywood. He defended fellow actors Gibson and Alec Baldwin, both of whom have been in hot water for public use of epithets.

In the case of Gibson’s famous 2006 tirade against Jews following his arrest for drunk driving, Oldman noted that the situation was exacerbated because he works “in a town that is run by Jews.”

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I've got a couple of words for the ADL: speech.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

Was always a fan of Oldman

and now even more so! Same with Mel Gibson.

Why all the hubbub over policing people's speech? Everyone has to like everyone, or lie about liking everyone? What a crock.

As long as they are not violating the non aggression principle let them voice whatever they want.

It is okay to make fun of Tom Cruise and John Travolta because they believe in Zeno from outer space, why is that okay? Why is it okay to make fun of Scientologists... it is all just a belief system that gets them through the day... no different than Christianity, Muslims, Mormons, whatever... it is just as insane, from an outsiders point of view.

The Most Racist Anti-Semitic City

Over 900 Hollywood movies in the last 100+ years have vilified the Arabs; the true Semites of the Middle East. For more on this read Jack G. Shaheen's book "Reel Bad Arabs". What Hollywood has done to these honorable and intelligent people is nothing short of cultural genocide. I am deeply ashamed of my country for its constant spewing of this vile propaganda - many of the movies at least partially supported and funded by the government.


is afraid of never working in "this town" again. ADL will make certain that Oldman makes a very generous political contribution of their choosing for many years to come. It's amazing how people and their careers are held hostage by ADL.

The Libertarian Party, irrelevant since 1971.

The tribe never forgives,

once bought and paid for, you are never free to be yourself. Movies and TV are responsible for our present moral decadence. Wake up...stop supporting these people; get away from the whole MSM thing.

Oh yeah, and vote for people who don't support special treatment of the "chosen ones".

Phxarcher87's picture

I once heard

something about people who you can not criticize are usually the ones up to no good.

James Madison

Oldman should

apologize for speaking the truth? Good one. Only the Jews can make celebrities do that. They are relentless... lest we forget.

God forgives always. Man forgives sometimes. But Nature never forgives.

Fuck the ADL!

Is that offensive?I hope so.

Maybe Mel Gibson and Gary

Maybe Mel Gibson and Gary Oldman and any other celebrities who dared speak outside of Hollywood's limited perimeters should start producing their own movies.

Stop worrying about offending

Stop worrying about offending the chosen people, or any people. Offended? Tough Shiznit! Deal with it.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Who are you advising? Certainly not people in Oldman's biz

Say, who are you advising? Certainly not people in Oldman's or Gibson's line of business. The biggest part of THAT business are the paparazzi, who rake in big revenues catching and humiliating stooges who don't have their words scripted for them. PC terrorism and witch trials sell a lot of smear rags. I'll always remember how Hugh Grant trapped one of those dogs on tape, arguing for why hollywood stars need to appreciate vultures in his line of work -- like phone-tapping and smearing the stars is part-and-parcel of "there's no such thing as bad publicity" -- for the publicizers, of course.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Good points. I am not

Good points.

I am not advising anyone. I am expressing an opinion. I'm tired of the BS and I don't care what the PC crowd thinks. I won't play Winston Smith and self-edit myself to assuage their liberal guilt. That is one way tptb stifle dissent.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

You can see how PC we've become since this interview

Back in the day, you could speak more freely.

RP R3VOLution

Tsk tsk, saying sorry to the ADL never solves anything.

Gary Oldman is one of my favorite actors, and much like Mel Gibson, he'll probably be able to rebound from this, though in the interim he may have problems finding work, at least for a couple years.

The dirty little secret here is that everybody knows what Oldman said is true, it's just nobody is allowed to say it. As Voltaire said, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton

tasmlab's picture

I didn't know people read the articles in Playboy

Or really, that they even printed it anymore.

It's the ADL's JOB to act offended. They don't get paid unless they have something to fight or complain about. Gary gave them a creampuff.

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Odd. I thought Oldman was a Jewish name

Odd. I thought Oldman was Jewish. Isn't Oldman a Jewish name?

His apology should have ended with, "p.s., F*** you Foxman!" just to see what would happen.

The ADL is getting its thirty shekels worth out of this latest manufactured witch hunt. Why not go for broke?

Or is Oldman already broke and needs every shekel he can scrounge?

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

me thinks the ADL doth protest too much...


I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

And the ADL has information to the effect

that Jews do *not* run Hollywood?

I didn't think so.

Gary's apology and Salaam Aleikum or whatever should be more than sufficient.

The Only People "Offended"

seem to be those at the ADL (for financial and political reasons no doubt). Nobody else seems to even care about what Oldman has to say.

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." Voltaire

No movies for you gary

Gary realized his career was over...

And who doesn't accept an apology??? In their nonacceptance, they legitimize all of Gary's criticisms. My word they're evil people.

Actually pissed off at Oldman

Grow some balls.

Foxman and ADL only hold power if they let them.

How many jokes and commentary have run about Jews running Hollywood? Many of those comments are by Jews themselves. Honestly, speaking the truth is not a crime. Oldman should know better. The halfass apology actually makes him look like an idiot.

Well, at least Oldman's halfass apology

Well, at least Oldman's halfass apology invoked this bit of poetry...

While his apology may be heartfelt,
Mr. Oldman does not understand
why his words about Jewish control
were so damaging and offensive,
and it is therefore insufficient.


The irony there was worth the ordeal.

Cyril's picture

Spot on.

Spot on.

"O the irony", indeed.


"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

The groveling needs to end

The groveling needs to end now! Get off of your knees!

Jews DO control Hollywood.

Jews DO control Hollywood. Anyone who disagrees is in denial. Does that mean they control it with an agenda? I'm not sure, but I do know it influences their choices, i.e., the obsession w Nazi Germany and the lack of attention to other holocausts, ones that actually have proof behind them.

For some reason my reply to you appeared as if it were

a reply to the poster below, so to recapitulate:

(BTW, I agree that there have been other 'holocausts' of other groups, but both Christians and Jews have solid documentation of the Nazi holocaust. Nazi Germany was fascist and many groups were targeted.)

I can provide more if you would like!

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

-1 until you can prove your statement

I have listened to statements like this for years. Please supply proof that is credible and not straight antisemitism. It looks to me like Hollywood is owned by the same Big Corporations that own the "news", cable companies, radio stations and more.

Say I am in denial for disagreeing, but all I know is that I know nothing, so I would love to learn how you "know" this.