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Posts Tagged ‘Anti-Defamation League’

Gary Oldman Apologizes for Controversial Playboy Interview

BN-DJ871_gary_E_20140624085720Gary Oldman has apologized for a recent interview with Playboy that began as a conversation about the actor’s role in “Planet of the Apes” but quickly dissolved into an explosive tirade about the hypocrisy of liberal Hollywood and the double standard of what a liberal actor can say versus what a conservative actor can say. In the interview, Oldman is quoted as stating:

“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f****** useless c*** — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it…”

He also used Mel Gibson’s past antisemitic remarks as an example by saying:

“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? I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things… We’re all f****** hypocrites…That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f****** Jew?

I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”

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Powerful Anti-Defamation League Video: ‘Imagine’ a World Without Hate

One could argue that some of the power behind the stories of heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank and Harvey Milk stems not only from the courageous and honorable lives they led, but also from the tragic ways in which those lives were cut short. We wonder what work they left undone–and what more they would have accomplished. Now, a powerful video released in celebration of the Anti-Defamation League‘s centennial anniversary asks us to imagine a world in which all such icons of equality and tolerance survived to continue their work.

The film, created by Publicis Kaplan Thaler, explores what such a world might look like as John Lennon‘s famous solo hit, “Imagine,” plays in the background. According to the agency, the families of all of the individuals featured in the video generously gave their support for the film. Yoko Ono took a break from designing ridiculous menswear to secure the rights for Lennon’s song to be used.

The ADL hopes this video will prompt people to “Join us by watching, sharing and taking steps every day to create a world without hate.” The statement on their website is simple, powerful and reminiscent of Lennon’s famous lyrics: “Imagine a World Without Hate™. We do. Join us.”

 

‘Miral’ U.N. Premiere Causes Controversy

Julian Schnabel‘s latest film Miral may not be getting great reviews, but it is getting attention — especially following its Monday night premiere at the U.N.

Based on the semi-autobiographical book by (Schnabel’s girlfriend) Rula Jebreal, Miral tells the story of a Palestinian girl growing up in a Jerusalem orphanage in the decades following Israel’s independence. Starring Freida Pinto, this is Schnabel’s first movie since the Oscar-nominated The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in 2007.

In addition to its reviews, the film drew protests from groups including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, and the American Jewish Federation when Monday’s red-carpet premiere was held in the main hall of the United Nations General Assembly — an inappropriate venue for what AJC called a “highly politicized, one-sided film” in which Israel’s concerns are blithely dismissed.

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