Anti-Defamation League Slams Gary Oldman for 'Anti-Semitic Tropes'

Courtesy of APA

The anti-Semitism watchdog group has criticized Oldman for saying that Hollywood is "run by Jews."

The Anti-Defamation League has issued a strong rebuke of Gary Oldman's recent Playboy magazine interview, during which the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor said that Hollywood is "run by Jews" and defended Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade.

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"Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews," Oldman said in the interview, "and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him." 

ADL director Abraham H. Foxman released a statement on Tuesday saying that Oldman "should know better than to repeat tired anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish control of Hollywood."

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"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," Foxman continued. "It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson's warped and prejudiced world view."

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Oldman's reps for comment. At the time of his 2006 DUI arrest, Gibson told a police officer that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." 

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