Actor Gary Oldman says his colleagues in Hollywood need to learn how to take a joke and stop being such “hypocrites” when it comes to political correctness. In a new interview with Playboy, Oldman went off when asked to discuss the downfall of Mel Gibson’s career following a number of controversial comments.
“I just think political correctness is crap,” he said. “That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f***ing joke. Get over it. … I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f***ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”
British actor Gary Oldman arrives for The London Critics Circle Awards, in London, Feb. 2, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
"The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f***ing 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," Oldman continued. "Alec [Baldwin] 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 f***ing kraut” or “F*** 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?'"
The actor, who identifies as a libertarian, said “dishonesty” and “double standards” frustrate him the most. Accordingly, there are certain things that left-leaning comedians like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can say, but not others, he said.
“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c**t—and I’ll go one better, a f***ing useless c**t—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it,” Oldman said.
"It’s our culture now, absolutely. 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," he continued. "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."
Oldman also said Hillary Clinton isn’t the right person for the job of president of the United States, Bill Maher would likely fail the libertarian test and named syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer as someone who “speaks the truth in this culture.”
This story has been updated with additional comments from Oldman's interview.