What is it about paparazzi and bringing out homophobic slurs in straight, white famous men?
TMZ recently released a video of Jonah Hill saying “suck my d***, you f*aggot” as he was followed around a Los Angeles neighborhood by photographers. Within an hour of TMZ releasing the video, he appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show and apologized profusely.
Here’s the full transcription, because why not:
I’m upset. Because from the day I was born, and publicly, I’ve been a gay rights activist. OK? Now, 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. And 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 and is getting married. I’m going to stand in his wedding. I’m not at all defending my choice of words, but I’m 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’re rooted in hate and that’s bullsh*t and I shouldn’t have said that. Look, I think I’m pretty good at making movies; I’m not good at being a famous person. I’m just not. 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’m eventually going to lose my cool. Now, what I said in that moment was a disgusting and hurtful term. I should’ve just said either nothing or “f*ck you.” Instead I used a word I don’t use in my personal life. 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 to think that anyone would think, especially with all the work I’ve done and all the loved ones I have, that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.
Okay, Jonah. That’s a solid apology. Don’t let it happen again.
I’m sorry but this guy was angry and so used a word that the homosexual community is trying to make a ‘normal’ word. So fucking what? We need understand that humans invent words and the meanings to them if it bothers you then you need to look at the context and priorities of this world. It’s obvious it wasn’t homophobic due to the context it happened. If someone says something that is meant to be offensive to an individual or a community then yes, outrage but get a grip on life when the malice is meant out of the sexual (or racial or prejudice) context.