Jonah Hill being caught on camera using a homophobic slur is not only highly offensive, it's also horrendously bad timing from the promotion of the actors new movie, 22 Jump Street.
Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have stepped forward to express their opinions on the incident, and naturally, they are not happy with the 30-year-old actor.
Miller expressed how disheartened he was to hear of the outburst just 2 weeks before the premiere of 22 Jump Street by telling Buzzfeed that;
It obviously was really disappointing. It was surprising because it was not the Jonah that we know. He’s a very sweet and generous person
Hill has already made multiple apologies for losing his temper and unleashing the offensive homophobic term including appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he made an impassioned plea to the audience;
To use me as an example of what not to do
Lord echoes these sentiments in his statement while referencing Jonah's apology. The [The LEGO Movie](movie:376368) director told the press that;
Hopefully it will do what he’s saying. It will remind people why that’s a shitty thing to say to people
Ironically, there is also a scene in 22 Jump Street which directly references how using exactly the word that Jonah Hill chose to is unacceptable. The Spoiler below will explain the scene to those who cannot contain their curiosity.
In the movie Channing Tatum's character takes a course in 'human sexuality' and educates himself about the dangers of homophobic speech. In the scene in question, a villainous character uses very similar language to what Hill unleashed on the paparazzo, causing Tatum’s character to erupt with rage, lecturing the ignorant bad guy on why he cannot use “that word" under any circumstances.
Miller went on to explain that;
It was part of Channing’s character’s growth of being at college, opening himself up to new idea. I'm very curious how it affects people’s experience of the movie
Before adding that
I think that because Jonah is a sincere and good person, I think that hopefully, it won’t take anything away from the movie. It’s not the kind of person who he really is. I think hopefully people will see that
Hill's outburst was incredibly surprising to me too. He has spoken out for LGBT rights on more than one occasion and he took a stand on Twitter against Russia's anti-gay policy during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
In the fatefully video, Hill is clearly being ruthlessly hounded by paparzzi who critique his personal appearance and invade his personal space. I can sympathise with him totally losing his cool and feeling the need to throw an insult their way. I just wish he went for the simple, but effective 'f**k off'.
If you haven't seen the video in question, you can view it in it's entirity below;
Do you think that Jonah Hill and the directors of [22 Jump Street](movie:434853) reacted in the right way?
Do you think Jonah Hill, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have done enough to apologize?