Gary Oldman Denounced by Anti-Defamation League for Defending Mel Gibson in Playboy

Gary Oldman Denounced by Anti-Defamation League for Defending Mel Gibson in Playboy

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“Gary Oldman's remarks irresponsibly feed into a classic anti-Semitic canard about supposed Jewish control of Hollywood and the film industry,” said the Anti-Defamation League's National Director

Gary Oldman defended the prejudicial comments of Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin in his Playboy interview, and now the Anti-Defamation League is slamming him with a strongly-worded condemnation.

Gary Oldman‘s remarks irresponsibly feed into a classic anti-Semitic canard about supposed Jewish control of Hollywood and the film industry,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in a statement.

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“He should know better than to repeat and give credence to tired anti-Semitic tropes. Mel Gibson‘s ostracization in Hollywood was not a matter of being ‘politically incorrect,’ as Mr. Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater. It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson's warped and prejudiced world view.”

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The “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” star made several outrageous statements in the lengthy Playboy interview, but the ADL feels he crossed a line in claiming Gibson was unfairly punished for expressing bigotry because he lived in “a town that's run by Jews.”

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“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,” he said.

“So they persecute. Mel Gibson is in a town that's run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he's actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him — and doesn't need to feed him anymore because he's got enough dough.”