He's pissed off the various Leagues, Organizations, and Associations which pretty much makes him a normal guy. Oh and he's about the best actor of our generation. But they were able to get him to do the apology thing which is too bad because he didn't really say anything that outrageous.
By now we all know the (Chinese fire) drill: famous person says something “politically incorrect”; ordinary folks embrace him as a long-awaited prophet, while Big Gay and/or other “community leaders” condemn him; famous person (usually) issues groveling apology, leaving defenders looking and feeling like morons.By the way, how come words from an actor elicit more outrage from the Anti-Defamation League than say.. the 3 kidnapped teens in Israel that were murdered? Just wondering.
These causes celebrities are the Easter narratives of our times, except played in reverse and with (somewhat incredibly) way more swearing and whining. In point of fact, the stupidest thing Oldman said was “I’m deeply sorry,” during a quivering amends-making turn on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
A careful reading of his entire interview reveals a 56-year-old man who’s plumb disgusted with pretty much everybody, from parents and TV producers to the papacy (“Fuck the pope”).
Oldman comes across as “an eminently reasonable man”’ with a “solid perspective on life.” That’s according to a Jewish acquaintance of mine who, yes, worked in Hollywood for years. The “Official Jews” of the Anti-Defamation League, my pal added, were the real villains, drooling “over the chance to force a celebrity into obeisance to them.”
I've been an Oldman fan for a while but I was somewhat surprised to hear his comments. Not unwelcome, mind you, and good to see a little common sense coming out of an actor instead of the typical empty headed liberalism. And since he isn't an empty headed liberal and has crossed whatever line that guys like Bill Maher or Shia LaBeaf haven't, he's being vilified. Because of reasons. Weepy apologies are necessary. Penance must be exacted to the church of liberalism.
Ironically, Oldman’s remarks regarding Gibson and Baldwin concerned the arbitrary nature of these all-too-frequent post-modern Salems. Why, Oldman wondered, isn’t Bill Maher fired after joking about Hollywood lesbians, while Baldwin loses his MSNBC gig for calling an aggressive photographer a “fag”?Seriously, take a look at what the left is: a cult. You cannot leave. You will be forcibly returned to the fold if you stray through personal destruction. Some will even call for violence against you if you don't pay proper penance. If you do pay penance, it must be in the cathedral of Oprah or E! or one of the various media denominations.
Why indeed? As the Oldman kerfuffle simmered, the increasingly unhinged Shia LaBeouf wound down an evening of misadventure by referring to his arresting officer as a “fag.” The reaction? Arbiter of cool Lena Dunham tweaked the flaky actor on Twitter, but didn’t call out his “homophobia.” (Dunham added with palpable glee that she was “sorry to contribute to celebrity takedown culture but this is the best current event we have!”)
However, just weeks ago, comic actor Jonah Hill yelled “faggot” at a troublesome pap, and was promptly obligated to perform public penance on two different shows. Jezebel.com approvingly deemed Hill’s weepy histrionics “perfect.”
Free speech? Fuck off. Pay your penance. Bow to our definition of speech. Don't have opinions that vary from what say they should be.