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Simon Wiesenthal Center founder statement on Gary Oldman

Simon Wiesenthal Center

June 24, 2014 | 3:12 pm

<em>Gary Oldman at the 2014 WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif., on April 19. Photo by Gage Skidmore</em>

Gary Oldman at the 2014 WonderCon in Anaheim, Calif., on April 19. Photo by Gage Skidmore

In a recent interview in Playboy magazine, actor Gary Oldman defended Mel Gibson – who has caught making anti-Semitic statements – as a victim of political correctness and hypocrisy. In response to Oldman’s comments, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a two-time Academy Award™ winner, said the following:

"Gary Oldman wants Jews to 'get over' what Mel Gibson said.  But what Gibson said, was the slogan that Adolf Hitler used to murder six million Jews during the Holocaust. His own comment that Hollywood is a town "run by Jews" has a very familiar sinister ring to it that is the anthem of bigots and anti-Semites everywhere. That has nothing to do with political correctness. "

For more information, please contact the Center's Public Relations Department, 310-553-9036.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

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