UPDATED: Gary Oldman Says 12 Years A Slave Won Best Picture Due To Political Correctness
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.24.2014
The cop who arrested Gibson responds...
UPDATE: The former police officer who arrested Mel Gibson has responded to Gary Oldman's Playboy interview where he said, "The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n****r or that f**king Jew?" James Mee told TMZ that Oldman's comments were flat-out wrong, saying, "I'm Jewish and why would I say that to discredit my own religious makeup?"
He continued on to say, "The N-word is a scary word. I would never even dream of using it. It sickens me that anyone would use that word...Jews have been persecuted and put down over the years. Why would I, as a Jew, do that to other races?"
As to Oldman himself, Mee said, "I feel sorry for people that need to say things about other people in order to justify themselves." He added that he doesn't think Gibson has been rehabilitated.
ORIGINAL: In an interview with Playboy, Gary Oldman claimed that 12 Years A Slave won Best Picture at the Academy Awards due to "political correctness". Here are highlights:
On where society is heading: "Culturally, politically, everywhere you look. I look at the world, I look at our leadership and I look at every aspect of our culture and wonder what will make it better. I have no idea. Any night of the week you only need to turn on one of these news channels and watch for half an hour. Read the newspaper. Go online. Our world has gone to hell. I listen to the radio and hear about these lawsuits and about people like this high school volleyball coach who took it upon herself to get two students to go undercover to do a marijuana bust. You're a fucking volleyball coach! This is not 21 Jump Street. Or these helicopter parents who overschedule their children. There's never any unsupervised play to develop skills or learn about hierarchy in a group or how to share. The kids honestly believe they are the center of the fucking universe. But then they get out into the real world and it's like, "Shit, maybe it's not all about me," and that leads to narcissism, depression and anxiety. These are just tiny examples, grains of sand in a vast desert of what's fucked-up in our world right now. As for the people who pass for heroes in entertainment today, don't even get me started."
On Mel Gibson: "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. 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? 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."
On Alec Baldwin's homophobic remarks: "Alec calling someone an F-A-G 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 fucking kraut" or "Fuck 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, that we all stand on this thing going, "Isn't that shocking?" [smiles wryly] All right. Shall I stop talking now? What else can we discuss?"
On political correctness at the Oscars: "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."