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Note to all actors, lets try to avoid slurs in public. Whether they’re racist, anti-Semitic or homophobic they never really seem to work out. The most recent celeb in hot water for saying something not so articulate is Jonah Hill.
While being followed by a group of paparazzo in Los Angeles, one in particular was very persistent. He commented on Hill’s pink and blue floral shorts, sarcastically saying they were “sexy.” In his continued pursuit of the 22 Jump Street star, he finally said “have a good day,” before Jonah Hill crossed the line by yelling back:
“Suck my d***, f*****”
The paparazzo quickly quipped back, calling Hill a bully. In the interest on damage control, Hill appeared on The Howard Stern Show early Tuesday morning to discuss his regrets. “I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people,” the actor, usually known for staying out of the tabloids told Stern. “I think I am pretty good at making movies, but I am not good at being a famous person.”
After being called a homophobe and hypocrite (Hill was a vocal LGBT supporter, and spoke up against anti-gay laws in Russia in the past), Hill continued his apology circuit on The Tonight Show. After asking host Jimmy Fallon if he could address something to the audience, Hill explained the situation and that the paparazzo was making fun of him and his family.
“In response, I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word I could think of in that moment,” explained Hill. He continued that he didn’t mean it in a homophobic way, but played devil’s advocate in saying that his intention didn’t matter because ‘words have meaning.’ He then acknowledged the hypocrisy, saying “I’ve been a supporter of the LGBTQ community my entire life, and I completely let the members of that community and everyone else down when I used a word like that. My heart is broken.”
Taking it a step even further, Hill admitted he doesn’t deserve anyone’s forgiveness. He followed it up with a call to action for how to stand up to bullies and using him as an example of ‘what not to do,’ because it adds more ugliness to the world. He finished saying “I deserve the sh** I’m gonna get for this.”
That’s an apology if we’ve ever seen one.
Not everybody is rushing to jump down Jonah’s throat though. J. Bryan Lowder, Slate assistant editor for their LGBTQ section, Outward, is actually coming to Hill’s rescue.
“There are, of course, occasions when a celebrity using a slur would be news, but context matters, and a wild-eyed homophobic tirade is different from a bad word tossed off under one’s breath in a moment of frustration (the latter of which was the case here),” said Lowder, as he blamed the paparazzi for causing him to ‘say something controversial’ whether that be homophobic or otherwise.
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