ADL says Gary Oldman apology 'insufficient'

National Director Foxman says Oldman doesn't understand why his comments were offensive, and that as a celebrity he bears increased responsibility for words.

Gary Oldman (photo credit: REUTERS)
Gary Oldman
(photo credit: REUTERS)
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” in a statement released Thursday.
"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 National 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.”
His letter was in response to the ADL's swift condemnation of his remarks made in the interview, which was published Monday.
"It is disturbing that Mr. Oldman appears to have bought into Mr. Gibson’s warped and prejudiced world view,” the ADL said Tuesday.
In his interview, Oldman claimed that "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."