Gary Oldman’s Playboy interview is blowing up online. True to Internet rage form, nobody actually read the interview. They read the selected blurbs and became furious. Then people got furious at the people who got furious, because according to the Social Media Act of 2012, that’s a far more erudite position to knee-jerk. The actor’s supporters begged everybody to ignore the blurbs and read the full Playboy article but that’s a lot of work so everybody just went back to the blurbs and bitched some more. I read the entirety, if for no other reason than to live the joke, I read Playboy for the articles. Which is slightly less of a joke when you consider the alternative is Lindsay Lohan’s airbrushed vagina.
The bulk of the Playboy interview involves Oldman offering up some amusing anecdotes about the Planet of the Apes movie he’s hawking. Then he bitches about how parents, music, movies, and society aren’t nearly as good as they used to be. He even takes on twerking. It’s deep. The interview is really just a pro-forma run through the IMDB credits until Gary offhandedly mentions Mel Gibson in relation to film production. The Playboy interviewer brings up the 2006 Gibson DUI incident probably hoping to get something quote worthy. His success:
I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all fucking hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word nigger or that fucking Jew? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy. Or maybe I should strike that and say “the N word” and “the F word,” though there are two F words now. Alec calling someone an F-A-G in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him. So they persecute. 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. He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That fucking kraut” or “Fuck 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, that we all stand on this thing going, “Isn’t that shocking?”