The ADL said the apology it received from British actor Gary Oldman, in response to his remarks as reported in Playboy about Jewish control of Hollywood, was “insufficient.”
"While his apology may be heartfelt, Mr. Oldman does not understand why his words about Jewish control were so damaging and offensive, and it is therefore insufficient," said ADL Director Abe Foxman.
"Whether they intend it or not, celebrities act as role models and bear an outsized responsibility for their words and their actions," Foxman continued. "Oldman needs to make clear not only to the Jewish community but also his fans that his words were are predicated on offensive notions and, as such, are clearly unacceptable."
In his apology letter to the ADL, Oldman wrote he was “deeply remorseful” that his comments defending Mel Gibson's 2006 anti-Semitic outburst “were offensive to many Jewish people.”
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