Old­man lashes Tin­sel­town left­ies

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - dclarke@irish­times.ie

Gary Old­man, un­com­pro­mis­ing Bri­tish ac­tor, has kicked up a great deal of fuss af­ter ex­press­ing forth­right views about sup­posed “hypocrisy” among Hol­ly­wood lib­er­als in an in­ter­view with Play­boy mag­a­zine. Old­man sug­gested that left-wing com­men­ta­tors such as Bill Ma­her or Jon Ste­wart could get away with “po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect” slurs that would cause less lib­eral celebri­ties to be black­balled.

The most con­tro­ver­sial part of the in­ter­view found Old­man ad­dress­ing Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic re­marks to a po­lice of­fi­cer. “Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews, and he said the wrong thing,” the tirade be­gan. Some­thing of an up­roar re­sulted and Old­man even­tu­ally is­sued an apol­ogy.

“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,” he said in a state­ment to the Anti-Defama­tion League.

In a curt re­sponse, the ADL replied: “At this point, we are not sat­is­fied with what we re­ceived. His apol­ogy is in­suf­fi­cient.”

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