One of the best character actors ever, Gary Oldman, recently made some remarks in his “Playboy” interview which caused a stir worldwide, and with good reason, too.
It seems that, after seeing his words in print, he actually realized what he had said and how “insensitive” it was. You don’t say, Gary!
“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.”
Although this is a quite decent apology, we must note that one should not even be put in a situation that needs apologizing later on. The world is a bad place as it is.