ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Who knew that somewhere deep down in Gary Oldman there was a furious fire raging about the 'unjust' treatment of renowned Hollywood pustule, Mel Gibson?

Well, thanks to Playboy magazine, we will never be able to look at Sirius Black in the same way again because a vital component of Oldman's brain seems to have exploded mid-interview.

According to Oldman, the whole world needs to pull the overly P.C. stick out of its self righteous ass and give Mel Gibson a job because statements like "Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world" don't count for anything. Why? Because we have all said bad things occasionally and punishing other people for their foul racists rants is just hypocritical.

In Oldman's mind, Jewish producers in Hollywood are guilty of sitting behind their desks chucking around derogatory remarks about the Germans, and the police who arrested Gibson had no right to because they might have said something racist themselves once.

But, I'm really not doing the man himself justice with my explanation. So, take it away Gary!

I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a fucking joke. Get over it.
I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we've all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n****r or that f***ing Jew? I'm being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should just strike that and say “the N word” and “the F word.
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. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn't turned and said, “That f****g kraut” or “F**k those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me.

Whereas Oldman is right that political correctness doesn't always have its place in a 'fucking joke', I think he might be missing the point slightly with the next chunk of the rant...

Even Gibson himself has acknowledged that he wasn't joking when he had his anti-Semitic screaming fit. In the words of the man himself, the offensive statement was "blurted out in a moment of insanity" and Gibson later asked to meet with Jewish leaders to help him "discern the appropriate path for healing". Not really the behavior of someone who dropped a clanger of a joke...

But Oldman was clearly really fired up about the subject because he just would not stop erupting his loony lava even further into the stratosphere. And, what better way to follow a main course of Mel Gibson than with a desert of Alec Baldwin? According to the 56-year-old actor;

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

And he kept going...

Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c**t — and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless c**t— 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 fag”? I don’t get it

and going...

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

Finally, Gary said that just because he’s defending two of the businesses most notorious bigots, who are well known for coughing up slurs, doesn't make him a bigot or a racist. Oh no, he is just sick of all the hypocrisy of it all, okay?

No, but I'm defending all the wrong people. I'm saying Mel’s all right, Alec’s a good guy. So how do I come across? Angry? It’s dishonesty that frustrates me most. I can’t bear double standards. It gets under my skin more than anything.

So if you hear someone running around screaming racist or homophobic remarks on the streets, the logical thing to do is just leave them to it because you say the same things all the time behind closed doors. Makes total sense, right? No, I didn't think so... Unless you just happen to be a bigot.

The entire interview hasn't been released yet, so this could all be a patchwork of quotes taken out of context, but it doesn't look great for Oldman right now...

Does his character in The Contender come to mind to anyone else?

Maybe Oldman is just doing a bit of method acting to star in a secret Mel Gibson biopic and we will all eat our words?

For those of you who need a little reminding, here are the cardinal offences from both Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin to get you up to speed!


Mel Gibson

The remarks that Oldman is referring too are from an infamous arrest in 2006 where Gibson told officers that "Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world" whilst asking if the deputy himself was Jewish.

Gibson blamed the disease of alcoholism for his Anti-Semitic comments, but this wasn't the last time he was accused of being anti-Jewish.

Actress Winona Ryder surfaced to accuse Gibson of making homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks about her and a friend at a party all the way back in 1995. According to Ryder;

I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he (Gibson) was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. I'd never heard that before

Gibson, who is a devout Catholic, has also been accused of inciting hatred of the Jewish people through his 2004 movie The Passion of the Christ. It has been fiercely debated whether the overtly anti-Semitic imagery in the film were consistent with the Gospels, or whether Gibson had selectively interpreted the gospels to create a needlessly insulting depiction of Jewish people in biblical times.

I think maybe Gibson needs to look to the leader of his church for inspiration...

Let's not even go there with when he not only beat his ex-wife, but also called her with hours worth of abusive, sexist and often racist rants.



Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin lost his talk show in 2013 after allegedly calling a photographer a c**ksucking f****t. When I say allegedly, what I mean is that Baldwin clearly shouted a homophobic slur, but claimed we are all mishearing him because he in fact said "fathead". Interesting...

Baldwin is famous for losing his cool with the press and he has been arrested for assault on more than one occasion.

But, it's not just random strangers who are at risk of Baldwin's wrath though. He is probably most famous for the scathingly abusive answer phone message he left for his daughter Ireland, who was just 11-years-old at the time.



What do you think about Oldman's comments defending Gibson and Baldwin?

(Source: Salon via The Daily Mail)

(Images: Phandroid, World Jewish Congress)


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