Jonah Hill Says Sorry For Gay Slur
THIS weekend, Jonah Hill found himself being chased around by the paparazzi. Nothing new there. However, one of them started mocking him in a bid to provoke a response.
One of them teased Hill, saying: “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy.”
It was during this that Hill found he’d had enough. So he shouted something. Something that wasn’t very clever. To the photographer, he spat: “Suck my dick, you faggot!”
Of course, Jonah wasn’t embracing the wonderful diversity of the world by saying that we’re lucky to live in a world where men can suck each other’s dicks, nor indeed, was his use of the word ‘faggot’ a bid to reclaim the word. He was saying: ‘Hey! You made me mad Mr Cameraman! So you know what? I’m going to imply you’re gay because being gay is bad!’
Not sure why you’d order someone you don’t like to fellate you though. That’s never made sense. Imagine if you shouted to one of your detractors – ‘HEY BUDDY! WHY DON’T YOU MAKE SWEET LOVE TO ME UNTIL ONE OF US ORGASMS, HUH?!’
Anyway, one thing is for sure – this whole episode is very disappointing, what with Jonah Hill seeming like a pretty nice guy. So fortunately for fans, he apologised on the Howard Stern show. But was it one of those mealy-mouthed ‘please – accept this! I like earning all these accolades and could do with you not turning on me!’ or was it more a case of ‘I really am sorry and my ears have not stopped burning with embarrassment ever since’?
“This is a heartbreaking situation for me,” said Jonah.
Howard Stern noted that he still sounded “angry,” about it all, but Hill said, “anger is not the right word at all.” He continued: “I’m upset because from the day I was born, and publicly, I’ve been a gay rights activist. Now, this person, you saw a 40-second video. This person had been following me around—just to give it some context, not excusing what I said in any way—this person had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool.”
“In that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people. I grew up with gay family members. I’m leaving here to go spend the day with one of my closest co-workers and best friend who is gay, who’s getting married, who I’m going to stand at his wedding. You know? I’m not at all defending my choice of words but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words, even if you don’t intend them and how they mean, they are rooted in hate, and that’s bullshit. I shouldn’t have said that.”
Seems dealing with the paps isn’t easy.
“Look, I think I’m pretty good at being in movies. I am not good at being a famous person. I’m just not! I think there are some people who are meant for it. If you call me ugly, if you call family members of mine drug addicts and maniacs, I am eventually going to lose my cool.”
“Now what I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term. I should have either said nothing or just ‘fuck you.’ instead I used a word that I don’t use in my personal life” Hill added. “It’s not part of my vernacular. I’m happy to take the heat for using this disgusting word. What I won’t allow is for anyone — it would break my heart for anyone to think, especially with all the work that I’ve done and all the loved ones that I have — that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.”
You may remember that, only last year, Hill tweeted a photo of himself wearing a t-shirt that said ‘Love Conquers Hate’ in Russian as a protest at Putin’s Russia and the treatment of the LGBTQ community of there.
So are you taking that apology? For once, looks like we’ve got an honest mistake here.
Remember though kids – if you want to call someone a name or get into it with someone, don’t bring up race, religion or sexuality because it makes you look like a racist or a homophobe. Not to worry though – language is filled with a pantheon of brilliant insults and snide remarks.
Expand your vocabulary! Think before you cuss.