Attorney General Eric Holder once called America “a nation of cowards” when it comes to issues of race and prejudice. Gary Oldman, on the other hand, thinks the universe is comprised of a bunch of “f**king hypocrites” where the same issues are concerned.
The British actor has gotten tongues wagging with some very candid (perhaps a bit too candid?) comments between the covers of Playboy magazine’s July/August double issue (on newsstands Friday). Oldman’s started a spirited conversation about bigotry and language after defending actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin; who have both been publicly chastised for their much-publicized racist and homophobic rants.
It’s all a lot of manure, says Oldman, 56.
“I think political correctness is crap. I think it’s like, ‘Take a f**king joke. Get over it.’”
Gibson’s career never recovered after he was caught making anti-Semitic remarks during a DUI arrest in Malibu in 2006. Three years later, he was taped berating his then-girlfriend, singer Oksana Grigorieva, during an argument in which he used a racial slur that rhymes with “trigger.”
Speaking specifically of Gibson’s famous faux pas, Oldman argues:
“We’ve all said those things…I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f**king hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n**ger or that f**king Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy…I’m defending all the wrong people. I’m saying Mel’s all right, Alec’s a good guy.”
The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor seems
jealous troubled that only a handful of Hollywood heavyweights can get away with far-reaching flippancy. Gary, if you hadn’t noticed, doesn’t count himself among the lucky few.
“…If I called Nancy Pelosi a c*nt — and I’ll go one better, a f**king useless c*nt — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. 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 f*g?’ I don’t get it.”
Just so we’re clear, Oldman insists he doesn’t hold any such views. (Uh-huh…)
“At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.”
Gary’s perspective is eerily similar to that of billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Last month, Cuban inspired a similar “frank discussion” about race, when he acknowledged to being “prejudiced” and suggested that if most people were being honest with themselves, they’d admit that they are too.
What do you think?