Calling himself ‘an a-hole,’ Gary Oldman apologizes for defending use of slurs by Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson

'Once I had seen it in print, I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed'

Calling himself ‘an a-hole,’ Gary Oldman apologizes for defending use of slurs by Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson
26 June 2014

Calling himself an ‘a-hole,’ actor Gary Oldman has apologized for defending Alec Baldwin’s use of an anti-gay slur and Mel Gibson’s infamous anti-Semitic rant.

Following a storm of backlash, Oldman appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday and said: ‘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…From my heart, I am profoundly, profoundly sorry…I should be an example and an inspiration, and I’m an a-hole. And I’m 56, and I should know better.’

Oldman had gone on a lengthy rant against political correctness during an upcoming interview with Playboy Magazine.

Of Baldwin he said: ‘Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute.’

Of Gibson he said: ‘He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites.’

Oldman had also said there is a double standard over who is allowed to say what.

‘Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.” He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, “You fag”? I don’t get it.’

Seeing his words in print, Oldman told Kimmel he wishes he had stuck to talking about his latest movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

‘I stepped out of my area of expertise and I just landed both feet in a hornet’s nest.’

Below is his full appearance on Kimmel:

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Hulk Hogan's ex-wife now says he didn't have gay affair

'When you're mad and you're going through a divorce, you say things you just don't mean'
No thumbnail available

X Factor judge Tulisa wants kiss with Nicole Scherzinger

British singer wants to lock lips with the Pussycat Doll, and says she wants to marry Irish judge Louis Walsh
No thumbnail available

Out soap actor would be happy if his character on The Young and the Restless was gay too

Greg Rikaart: 'It certainly would be interesting ... in my opinion'
No thumbnail available

No gay marriage in the Cook Islands, says prime minister

Despite ties to New Zealand, the Cook Islands will not proceeding with legalizing gay marriage
No thumbnail available

Queer as Folk alum Gale Harold to play gay again in new indie film Kiss Me, Kill Me

Movie is Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style whodunit set in West Hollywood
No thumbnail available

French Socialists agree on gay marriage compromise

France’s Socialist party dropped medically assisted procreation from a bill on gay marriage in a compromise attempt, ahead of opponents' demonstration 
No thumbnail available

Lesbian couple attacked during Atlanta gay pride

Two men targeted gay women outside Atlanta hotel in what victims claim is a hate crime
No thumbnail available

University of North Carolina athletes support gay teammates

Athletes from University of North Carolina teams record a You Can Play video
Gay marriage makes us healthier

Gay marriage makes us healthier

A study suggests that legalizing same-sex marriage has unexpected health benefits for gay men and lesbians. GSN asks Dr Qazi Rahman to explain why
No thumbnail available

New Zealand Defense Force rated world’s most LGBTI inclusive military

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) has released a study of LGBTI inclusion in the world’s militaries and has rated New Zealand’s armed forces the most supportive