“Sorry about some of that stuff,” Oldman was paraphrased to say by this blogger.
Following up on yesterday’s story Gary Oldman Calls Nancy Pelosi the C-Word, Defends Mel Gibson, actor Gary Oldman is on damage control, penning the following letter to the Anti-Defamation League expressing remorse about how his remarks may impact Jewish people.
Conspicuously absent from the letter are acknowledgements of the hatred directed at women and gay people in his interview.
In a letter to the Anti-Defamation League, Oldman invokes the name of God and begs for mercy…
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.