On June 3, a video was released of Jonah Hill hurling a homophobic insult at a paparazzo, and while he publicly apologized not long after, many of Jonah’s fans are not satisfied with his apology. Read on to find out what people are saying!
Jonah Hill, 30, has come under fire for a video which was released to TMZ on June 3 of the 22 Jump Street actor hurling a homophobic slur at a paparazzo, telling him to “s*** my d***, f****t!” He publicly apologized soon after on Howard Stern‘s radio show, but many of Jonah’s fans are not really satisfied by his apology, believing it to be insincere. Read on to find out what people are saying and tell us your thoughts!
Jonah Hill’s Apology For Homophobic Slur: Fans On Twitter Unimpressed
The sticking point for a lot of commenters is the fact that, in Jonah’s apology, he claimed that he has lots of gay friends which is why he’d never be homophobic. Mind you, this is the excuse that a lot of people use when caught using a racial or homophobic slur — “I could never be racist/homophobic; I have black/gay friends!”
An excerpt of Jonah’s apology:
“In that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people. I grew up with gay family members. I’m leaving here to go spend the day with one of my closest co-workers and best friend who is gay, who’s getting married, who I’m going to stand at his wedding. You know? I’m not at all defending my choice of words but I am happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words, even if you don’t intend them and how they mean, they are rooted in hate, and that’s bulls***. I shouldn’t have said that.”
Here’s what people have been saying on Twitter; keep in mind that while there are some valid points, there is also some NSFW language!
ah yes, the classic ‘i have gay friends’ excuse for being a shithead who uses slurs. jonah hill you are a scumbag
— lance (@lovelessLP) June 3, 2014
i’m so glad we have “gay rights activists” like Jonah Hill
— Colin (@colintimothy) June 3, 2014
Jonah HIll is a douche and will always be. And a bad actor. #hack
— emma (@purplefair) June 3, 2014
Someone needs to punch Jonah Hill in the gut as hard as they can.
— KERSHAW’S WRATH (@Geeman1026) June 3, 2014
“Jonah Hill Apologizes, Is “Heartbroken”‘ Over His Use Of Gay Slur” if u use it in anger it means it’s part of ur vernacular. FOH with that!
— Retha (@OodleOfNoodle) June 3, 2014
22 Jump Street is now a no-go in Cinemas. Actors who say “faggot” aren’t to be supported. Be gone, Jonah Hill. #22JumpStreet
— Kris Rawls (@Krissykins1) June 3, 2014
Ugh, Jonah Hill. Do better.
— Luci (@LuciWithAnI) June 3, 2014
’22 Jump Street’: Will The Upcoming Film Be In Trouble At The Box Office?
With Jonah’s film 22 Jump Street hitting theaters on June 13, this situation could get really bad for him and for the movie if Jonah ends his apology tour here. The user above made a great point — if the word comes to you in anger, it’s a part of your vernacular. We’re sure that Jonah is not truly a bad guy, but this was a huge mistake that cannot be fixed with one apology.
Furthermore, many are also coming to Jonah’s defense, citing the First Amendment and Jonah’s right to free speech. Yes, in America, we have the freedom to speak freely; we also have the freedom to criticize others for their comments.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Ready to forgive Jonah or not yet? Let us know.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner