Gary Oldman apologized again -- this time calling himself an "a-hole" and using late-night television as a platform to express his remorse. But Oldman falling on his sword hasn't been enough to silence all of his critics.
This all began with a recent Playboy interview in which the British actor shared his opinion on political correctness and its impact on actors such as Alec Baldwin and Mel Gibson, who himself drew fire for past anti-Semitic language.
Oldman used an appearance Wednesday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to reiterate what he'd already expressed in a letter to the Anti-Defamation League. "I said some things that were poorly considered. Once I saw it in print, I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious and ill-informed.
"Words have meaning, and they carry weight long after you've said them," he continued. "I don't condone or excuse the words that I used in any context. ... I am profoundly, profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic. Especially to the fans, they've been so incredible to me, and I really feel that I let them down. ... I'm a public figure, I should be an example and an inspiration. And I'm an a-hole. I'm 56, and I should know better."
The things he said to Playboy included, "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. But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn't turned and said, 'That f**king kraut' or 'F**k 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."
A day after the interview came to light, Oldman expressed how "deeply remorseful" he was in a letter to the ADL. The league's president, Abraham H. Foxman, wasn't buying it. "While his apology may be heartfelt, Mr. Oldman does not understand why his words about Jewish control were so damaging and offensive, and it is therefore insufficient," Foxman told the Guardian.
Foxman also questioned why Oldman did not extend his apology for disparaging remarks made against others. In the Playboy interview, Oldman sounded frustrated with criticism for using slurs against women, gays, blacks and Jews, saying that everyone uses them privately but is then condemned when speaking them publicly.
Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post questioned Oldman's sincerity further, writing, "Sure, there's some perverse pleasure in watching public figures grapple with their transgressions. But high-profile apologies tend to feel so forced and scripted, so much less believable than the original offenses, that it's hard to see the point of them -- let alone distinguish sincerity from PR"
Another Washington Post writer, Soraya Nadia McDonald, went so far as to paint Hollywood apologies as a growing trend. "Is it too cynical to wonder if Jonah Hill created a new 'apology prototype' that stars will model when they find themselves in the midst of a public relations mess?"