It has been widely reported that actor Jonah Hill used a homophobic slur against a harassing photographer, yelling “Suck my d***, f*****!” This retort was shocking, coming from Jonah Hill, a funny-man that many members of the LGBTQ community know and love. Well, Jonah took the opportunity to offer an incredibly sincere apology, both on Howard Stern, as well as on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Since Jonah’s remarks, the blogosphere has lit up with some people inevitably claiming that Hill only apologized as a good career move. Twitter blew up with comments that Hill is a “bad actor,” and that he needs to “do better.” Many panned his apology, claiming the word was “part of his vernacular,” and calling it “the classic ‘I have gay friends’ excuse.’”
I beg to differ. Have these people forgotten that in November 2013, in response to the Sochi olympics, Jonah Hill became one of many celebrities to sport a t-shirt with the phrase “Love conquers hate” scrawled in Russian? “Help us show Russia & the world that #LoveConquersHate,” Jonah tweeted. “Visit http://loveconquershate.org and @HRC to see how you can help.”
This is not the move of a man who is homophobic. Jonah’s slurs were clearly the result of poor judgment after being berated, harassed, and chastised by an unprofessional paparazzi. We here at GWOG are happy to accept Jonah’s apology, and thank him for his continued support of the LGBT community.
If the blogosphere is looking for somebody to truly be offended by, perhaps we should take a look at some other comments that were made public in recent history?
Conservative media mogul Pat Robertson publicly stated that women are to reward husbands with sex for doing chores around the house. This is in addition, of course, to his August 2013 assertion that gay people with AIDS wear rings that cut fingers and infect others during handshakes. No apology was issued.
Last month, Mississippi Judge Bill Weisenberger is reported to have repeatedly slapped a young mentally-challenged African-American man, who was seeking work in a local flea market, while yelling racial slurs, including “Run, N*****, Run!” No comment was made to the media, despite several eye-witness accounts, though the judge is currently under investigation.
Also last month, Florida representative Charles Van Zant attacked the controversial education standard “Common Core,” by stating that those who implement Common Core “will promote double-mindedness in state education and attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.” No further explanation nor apology was issued.
It was also reported in May that New Hampshire police chief Robert Copeland used the ’N-word’ in reference to President Obama. Instead of issuing an apology, however, he sent an e-mail to his fellow commissioners, stating “I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the White house. For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.” Without comment, but following a public outcry, Comissioner Copeland resigned.
Late last year, our favorite Tea Party princess, Sarah Palin, compared our national debt to slavery. When questioned later by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Palin suggested that perhaps people didn’t understand the definition of slavery, stating the following: “I’m sure if we open up the dictionary, we could prove that with semantics that are various, we can prove that there is a definition of slavery that absolutely fits the bill there, when I’m talking about a bankrupt country that will owe somebody something down the line if we don’t change things that is, we will be shackled. We will be enslaved to those who we owe.” Don’t worry, she was certain to preface her ignorant comments with a warning: “This isn’t racist.”
Let us also not forget about the blatant homophobia I discussed in last weeks blog, Dear Adam Carolla, “Shut the Fuck Up!” (An Open Letter)
With all this in mind, it seems to me that Jonah Hill’s transgression is fairly benign, considering the degree of harassment to which he was responding. His apology not only seems incredibly sincere, but he has been sure to issue it on several high-profile media platforms, including ABC’s Good Morning America, Howard Stern, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
If the general public wants to vilify somebody, aren’t we clearly looking in the wrong direction?