After his rant about how ridiculous is is that celebrities are forced to grovel and apologize for their insensitive remarks, Gary Oldman is doing just that himself.
The Anti-Defamation League clearly weren't too impressed with his comments on Jews running Hollywood because they claim that they propagate anti-Semitic beliefs and that the 56-year-old actor "should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood".
In response to this accusation, Oldman issued a gushing apology to ADL which can be read in full below;
Dear Gentlemen of the ADL:
I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people. Upon reading my comments in print — I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter. If, during the interview, I had been asked to elaborate on this point I would have pointed out that I had just finished reading Neal Gabler’s superb book about the Jews and Hollywood, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews invented Hollywood. The fact is that our business, and my own career specifically, owes an enormous debt to that contribution.
I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life. The Jewish People, persecuted thorough the ages, are the first to hear God’s voice, and surely are the chosen people.
I would like to sign off with “Shalom Aleichem” — but under the circumstances, perhaps today I lose the right to use that phrase, so I will wish you all peace – Gary Oldman.
Unfortunately, the ADL did not consider Oldman's words to be heartfelt enough. In response to his apology they returned a rather snarky note implying the actor needs to take the time to educate himself properly. The response reads;
While his apology may be heartfelt, Mr. Oldman does not understand why his words about Jewish control were so damaging and offensive, and it is therefore insufficient.
His reference to the Neal Gabler book he was reading only reinforces the notion that Jewish directors, producers and financiers are there in Hollywood as Jews. They’re not, and the book does not draw that conclusion. They are there acting as individuals. They do not pursue a Jewish agenda or strategy. They are there acting as professionals and Americans with skills working alongside many other non-Jews who are also in show business for the same reasons. (emphasis ours)
Mr. Oldman needs to recognize that his words, not just as they were written, but as he uttered them, are deeply offensive. And he needs to be sensitive to the fact that other remarks for which he has yet to apologize — including his disparaging remarks about the Pope and about gay people — were also deeply troubling and hurtful to many.
Which seems a bit rich to me...
Oldman said some pretty ill thought out and very insensitive things in his interview but a worldwide organization to respond to his apology so scathingly seems bizarre to me.
Surely they could just acknowledge Oldman's apology and thank him before going on to say their piece about the Neal Gabler book? Calling it 'insufficient' doesn't seem like the best way to encourage people to clear up their wrong doing...
Do you think Oldman deserved that sort of response?
What do you think of Oldman's apology?