Oldman Defends Mel, Alec in Own Obscene Rant
It's full of not-great words
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2014 9:44 AM CDT
British actor Gary Oldman arrives for The London Critics Circle Awards, in London, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.   (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Ahh, the Playboy interview: always good for a headline-worthy quote or two. In the middle of Gary Oldman's extensive chat with the magazine comes this little section, spotted by Jezebel, in which Oldman is asked what he thinks about all the flak Mel Gibson has gotten for his various controversial rants:

  • "I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f---ng 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 f---ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word [n-word] 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 strike that and say 'the N word' and 'the F word,' though there are two F words now."

Asked to clarify what other F-word he was talking about, Oldman continued:

  • "Alec [Baldwin] calling someone an [anti-gay slur] 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. 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---ing kraut' or 'F--- those Germans,' whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone."
Oldman later acknowledged the interview was "going to make me sound like a bigot," but insisted he actually isn't one. (Baldwin, meanwhile, recently got into hot water over ... biking.)

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Jun 27, 2014 1:12 PM CDT
The best way to trivialize 'correct' behavior is to add the word 'political' before it. Then you can de-legitimize pretty much any form of civil behavior and justify the most lazy, crude, incivil, ill-mannered and offensive behavior you like. And liking such things can be made to seem like very hip forms of self-expression, regardless of who is demeaned.
Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM CDT
N-word: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dF1NUposXVQ&feature=kp
Jun 25, 2014 2:13 PM CDT
I get the political correctness thing. But Mel Gibson sounded like a paranoid idiot. It is not a badge of honor to be a bigot or sound like one. Sure we've all said dumb things but his comments didn't really show much thought and made him look--sound like a moron. Of course Playboy is loving the free publicity.