Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gary Oldman goes on about Hollywood political correctness and defends Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin

I do not agree with everything Oldman is saying (whether Hollywood is run by Jews or not, what Gibson said when was offensive). But what Gibson said was not the end of the world either, the way to deal with stupidity is to confront it, and we know all people think and say stupid things all the time. Oldman is absolutely right about this: there is a double standard when it come to politically incorrect speech. Given that it is well known that many in Hollywood engage in over the top profanity laced rhetoric on a host of issues (including on gays, women, Jews, and especially conservatives), the smug response by those same people to Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin is hypocritical. Bill Maher gets a pass by cloaking his offensive misogynistic comments under "satire," while Gibson becomes a permanent untouchable (with the exception of true friends like Jody Foster and Robert Downy Jr.) for saying things while drunk. This double standard makes no sense. We need to have thicker skins when it comes to being offended.

And don't even get me going about Hollywood hypocrisy to corporate America.

And while I went after Alec Baldwin with hammer and tongs, I have to agree his homophobic slurs (beyond being revealing of some personal issues he apparently has) was more about Alec Baldwin being an asshole than anything else.

But there are gems in what Oldman had to say:
He asked what would happen to him if he, for example, called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) a “f***ing useless c**t,” and excoriated modern society for building up figures as heroes which he sees as having no cultural value. 
On modern culture, Oldman ripped into helicopter parenting. He said that parents are treating their children as though they are “the center of the f***ing universe.” This, he says, fosters a sense of narcissism in children which leads to “depression and anxiety.” 
“Our world has gone to hell,” Oldman added.
“I think we’re up s**t creek without a paddle or a compass,” Oldman said of modern culture. “Reality TV to me is the museum of social decay.”
Gary Oldman did later express regret on how his comments on Jews came out… 

Wombat : Oldman's response to antisemitismOldman should not have apologized to the ADL…
Wombat : ADL says Oldman has not groveled enough to it (maybe the ADL should worry more about how Hollywood treats Israel than over what Gary Oldman said in a Playboy interview…)

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