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Jonah Hill calls pap ‘faggot’, then calls himself ‘gay rights activist’

Jonah Hill calls pap ‘faggot’, then calls himself ‘gay rights activist’

22 Jump Street actor Jonah Hill has lashed out at a photographer, calling him a ‘faggot’.

But he has immediately apologized, saying he regrets it and has called the slur he used ‘disgusting’.

The US actor had been followed and questioned by a paparazzo from TMZ in Los Angeles.

In an attempt to get him to leave, Hill shouted: ‘Suck my dick you faggot!’

TMZ published the video on its website, condemning him for using homophobic language.

Hill went on the phone to Howard Stern to explain the situation.

He said: ‘I am upset because from the day I was born and publically I have been a gay rights activist.’

The actor continued: ‘You saw a 40 second video, this person had been following me around – just to give it some context, not excusing what I said in any way – this person had been following me around all day, saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool and in that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all affect how I feel about any group of people.’

‘I grew up with gay family members, I’m leaving here today to go spend the day with one of my co-workers and best friends, who is gay and going to get married and I’m going to stand at his wedding.

‘I am not at all defending my choice of words but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and who those words, even if you don’t intend them in how they mean, they are rooted in hate and that is bullshit and I shouldn’t have said that.’

The apology concluded with Jonah saying: ‘I’m pretty good at making movies, I am not good at being a famous person. If you call me ugly, if you call family members of mine drug addicts and maniacs I am eventually going to lose my cool.

‘What I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term.

‘I should have said nothing or fuck you, instead I used a word which I don’t use in my personal life – it’s not part of my vernacular.

‘I am happy to take the heat for using this disgusting word. What I won’t allow, it would break my heart for anyone to think, especially with all the work I have done, that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.’

Last November, Alec Baldwin said something similar when confronted with a photographer in New York City.

Following this, GLAAD, Anderson Cooper and Andrew Sullivan condemned the actor. MSNBC Also canceled Baldwin’s show following the incident.