Gary Oldman's Manager Responds To Controversial 'Playboy' Interview with Outrage
Sirius Black is probably rolling over in his grave after Gary Oldman's recent controversial statements in Playboy and all the hullaballoo that's sprung up in response. Now Oldman's manager, Douglas Urbanski, has responded — and he is not pleased with the pearl-clutching that's being directed at his client.
Here's what Urbanski had to say in a statement Tuesday:
Gary does not blast ‘liberal Hollywood’ — the word liberal is not used by him, and I don't think it appears in the story in question! Nor does Gary anyplace in the piece (or out of it) defend Mel Gibson or Alec Baldwin. [...] If you read the Playboy piece correctly and entirely, and in context, it is the hypocrisy of political correctness that Gary is addressing, nothing else. In this interview Gary is doing what many intelligent people do: he is illustrating the absurd by being absurd.
For a recap, here's some of the more heavily-circulated of what Oldman said:
I just think political correctness is crap. That's what I think about it. I think it's like, take a fucking joke. Get over it. I heard about a science teacher who was teaching that God made the earth and God made everything and that if you believe anything else you're stupid. A Buddhist kid in the class got very upset about this, so the parents went in and are suing the school! The school is changing its curriculum! I thought, All right, go to the school and complain about it and then that's the end of it. But they're going to sue! No one can take a joke anymore.[...]I don’t know about Mel [Gibson]. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word nigger or that fucking Jew?… 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. [...] At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.
You can read the full context that Urbanski is referring to here.
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