Following published remarks by actor Gary Oldman, in which he defends Mel Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has said that Oldman, “should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood.”
“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,” Oldman said in an interview with Playboy.
The remarks came after the British actor cited what he believes is hypocrisy in Hollywood, that personalities like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can get away with politically incorrect humor, while others cannot.
“Gary Oldman’s remarks irresponsibly feed into a classic anti-Semitic canard about supposed Jewish control of Hollywood and the film industry,” said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the ADL. “He should know better than to repeat and give credence to tired anti-Semitic tropes. Mel Gibson’s ostracization in Hollywood was not a matter of being ‘politically incorrect,’ as Mr. Oldman suggests, but of paying the consequences for outing himself as a bigot and a hater. It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson’s warped and prejudiced world view.”
A 2013 ADL poll revealed that 24 percent of all Americans believe that “the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,” contributing to the stereotype.
UPDATE: Oldman has since issued an apology for his comments, which the ADL has deemed “insufficient.”