ADL Head Says Gary Oldman’s Groveling Apology Was Anti-Semitic

Anti-Defamation League head Abraham Foxman said he doesn’t buy Gary Oldman’s apology, claiming his statement Wednesday reinforces anti-Semitic stereotypes.
“I think he feels bad about what he said, but the way he explains it underlines why he said what he said,” Foxman told Variety. “I’d like to see a little more introspection, a little more understanding and a little more education rather than a statement that looks like a PR move.”
The Oscar-nominated actor is in hot water over a recent Playboy interview in which he said that Mel Gibson’s career had cooled off because he worked “in a town that’s run by Jews” and “he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him.” Oldman was arguing that comedians get away with making politically incorrect jokes, but that Gibson and Alec Baldwin suffer far graver consequences for remarks that religious and minority groups find offensive.
Gibson and Baldwin have been criticized for using epithets that are anti-Jewish and anti-gay, respectively.