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  1. Leonard says

    Much better than his apology on Stern, where Stern kept excusing his use of the word as something men just do when they get upset.

    He comes across as more sincere and grounded here. Let’s hope it’s a learning experience for young men who go to see his movies.

  2. #CondomNazi says

    Do LGBT know how petty and whiny they come off as of late? It used to be comics like Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Joan Rivers etc loved a gay audience because they had a thick skin and could take some course language. Move on f@ggots, tr@nnies too. I get that u dont expect to be called certain words in school or work but what people say in the heat of an angry exchange or when allies are joking around isbtotally different.

  3. Mike says

    The LGBT is whiny? I hadn’t even heard of this incident until he started apologizing every three seconds.

    That being said, we’re aloud to be as whiny as we want. The f-word is literally the last slur that celebrities can use without immediately ending their careers. Just imagine if had said a slur for any other group. He’d be in a whole lot more hot water.

  4. RONTEX says

    @Condomnazi – You mean the same way, “that SL*T deserved to get raped” or “that NI**ER deserved to get lynched”… in case you hadn’t noticed,
    F*GGOTS are still getting beaten on a regular basis so, yes, it is still an issue

  5. MIke says

    This is how apologies are done. You don’t say “I’m sorry if you were offended” or “I’m sorry that people misinterpreted what I said” or “I’m sorry that what I said was taken out of context”, etc. You just own up to the thing you said, take responsibility and ask for forgiveness.

  6. Gigi says

    If I had that creep following me around all day I would have blown up as well. Ya, I might have even called him a FAGGOT. Why? Because I know that it’s one of the WORST things you can call a guy. How do I know? Because I’m a faggot, and it used to really hurt me when people called me a faggot. Not any more, but I remember a time when it did.
    He said something he now regrets. He’s sorry that he might have hurt some people’s feelings. Thanks Jonah. Time to move on.

  7. Bill says

    I for one certainly accept his apology. He made a mistake in the heat of an unfortunate incident, accepted the mistake and apologized. I can’t ask someone to do any more.

  8. Hey Darlin' says

    We have all heard the insincere apologies. We have all seen the cases where a celebrity apologizes only to use the word again.

    This case seems different, I hope so. The LGBT community does give people a second chance, it’s the repeat offenders that are the real issue. The celebrities who use the “f – word” as a go to all to easily.

    People need to realize we have all heard the word and we as a community know how damaging it can be, or better yet how quickly things can accelerate after the slur. We are sensitive to slurs obviously, but that is our right by experience.

  9. Scott says

    I caught a few minutes of SuperBad in a waiting room yesterday. Every other time Jonah Hill’s character talked, he kept calling something ‘gay’ as a negative slur.
    While I accept this apology, which clearly seems to be sincere, it’s time he (and everyone else who supposedly supports us) stopped taking roles that have their characters use us as a cheap laugh.

  10. raul415 says

    First, I gotta say that this idea that gay people are SO touchy is bull crap. A conflation is being made between the media’s need to create “scandal” and communities of people mobilized around an incident. Here we have more of the former than the latter.

    It would be much more effective if he had addressed the young men who are his fans and explained to them why words really wound people.

    The incident is not that big of a deal, but Jonah Hill should look within at why those are the words he came up with if he loves and supports gay people.

  11. simon says

    Condomnazi:
    The ones who are whiny are the straight allies in Hollywood. The same with the board of directors at Mozilla who fired Eich. You can’t even name one who is gay.

  12. SeeeTeee says

    I agree that calling someone a faggot in the heat of an argument is different from using it to describe someone you think is gay.

    The problem is the fact that being a faggot is still the worst possible thing you can call another guy. I’ve done the whole reclaiming the power of the word thing and I have zero shame about being a faggot.

    But things won’t change until being gay isn’t thought of as the worst thing you could possibly be.

  13. SeeeTeee says

    I agree that calling someone a faggot in the heat of an argument is different from using it to describe someone you think is gay.

    The problem is the fact that being a faggot is still the worst possible thing you can call another guy. I’ve done the whole reclaiming the power of the word thing and I have zero shame about being a faggot.

    But things won’t change until being gay isn’t thought of as the worst thing you could possibly be.

  14. SeeeTeee says

    I agree that calling someone a faggot in the heat of an argument is different from using it to describe someone you think is gay.

    The problem is the fact that being a faggot is still the worst possible thing you can call another guy. I’ve done the whole reclaiming the power of the word thing and I have zero shame about being a faggot.

    But things won’t change until being gay isn’t thought of as the worst thing you could possibly be.

  15. SeeeTeee says

    I agree that calling someone a faggot in the heat of an argument is different from using it to describe someone you think is gay.

    The problem is the fact that being a faggot is still the worst possible thing you can call another guy. I’ve done the whole reclaiming the power of the word thing and I have zero shame about being a faggot.

    But things won’t change until being gay isn’t thought of as the worst thing you could possibly be.

  16. bryanD says

    I would have called those idiotic morons from tmz something much worse. Why does the press continually focus on the reactions instead of the behavior of the TMZ assholes? I fully understand violent verbal reactions to having some dipshit follow you around taunting you. I say go all Baldwin on them more often.

  17. Island Planet says

    Good for Jonah. He seems like a genuinely nice guy who messed up and used the C F slur like so many straight guys do. Missed an opportunity here though – to talk about WHY calling someone a fag is the worst thing you could ever call a guy. Because to be gay is the worst curse in our society. Hopefully when the stigma of being gay becomes a thing of the past (not holding my breath) calling someone a faggot won’t make any sense, because to be gay won’t be any better or worse than being straight.

  18. says

    This appears to be a genuine apology and I like that he knows no one is expected to forgive him just because he apologized. As HEY DARLIN’ said, we’re not against giving second chances. My thing has always been for me personally, don’t apologize if you know you are going to do it again. Obviously slip ups happen but if you were sincere in your first apology you’d be a bit more cognizant in the future.

  19. Dback says

    Good apology, covered all the bases and didn’t tap dance behind excuses. (And the scene between Jonah Hill and Michael Cera in “Superbad” where they tell each other “I love you,” is one of the sweetest and loveliest male-male scenes in recent memory, gay or straight–if he keeps breaking down barriers like that, I’m all for it.)

  20. TampaZeke says

    I think he’s sincere in his apology but I don’t think he really understands what the problem is and what the offense is. It’s not the word “faggot” that’s the main problem. It’s thinking that the most offensive thing you can do to someone is call them GAY with a gay slur. He seems to think that it’s the word that the problem and not the thought behind it. He makes it clear that he tried to say the most hurtful thing he could think of but he seems oblivious as to why he thought “faggot” would be the most hurtful thing he could say. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem that GLAAD and many in the gay community understand the problem either. They’re too fixated on the WORD and not on the belief and feeling behind the person who said it. I guess when you work in psychology and hypnotherapy you have a deeper understanding of the cause of behavior and what really needs fixing.

  21. Rrhain says

    “I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment.”

    “You know, I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word, you know?”

    The second sentence is contradicted by the first.

    Do I think you’re sorry, Mr. Hill? Yes. But let’s not pretend that you didn’t mean it. You knew exactly what you were doing.

    “I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way.”

    Yes, you did. It’s why you said it in the first place.

  22. Rrhain says

    “I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment.”

    “You know, I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word, you know?”

    The second sentence is contradicted by the first.

    Do I think you’re sorry, Mr. Hill? Yes. But let’s not pretend that you didn’t mean it. You knew exactly what you were doing.

    “I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way.”

    Yes, you did. It’s why you said it in the first place.

  23. says

    to the weak of mind in here: he KNOWS why it was the go-to word for him. DUH.

    when grown men are reduced to boys on a playground hurling insults, they go back to the first insults they learn. he used what many straight men use as their “first insult” – it was not “anti-gay” – it was indeed the way two straight men duke it out, verbally, wherein to them “gay is the insult” – in a heat of the moment exchange, that’s what came out. he’s apologized, rather passionately and with real regret and …dare i say it, like a man. accepting responsibility.

    for anyone to “not accept his apology” shows their own miserable spiteful existence.

    wanna know who’s gonna continue to focus on this, and not “forgive him”? miserable homos who need a distraction from the REAL anti-gay hatred, likely circling their own lives. Cough Cough GOP Cough Cough.

  24. Mick says

    I agree with RRHAIN. This the ONLY hurtful word you could think of to hurl back at him??? You showed your dark heart, Jonah Hill, and I do not support you. Keep giving your money to LGBT causes but it won’t change what’s in your heart of hearts. You are just like Alec Baldwin to me, a large, foul-mouthed, two-faced, not funny human being. For that, I feel sorry for you and all gay people who have to work with you.

  25. Rrhain says

    “It was not ‘anti-gay.”

    “Gay is the insult.”

    The first sentence is contradicted by the second. If the insult you choose to use is to call someone gay, then the insult is anti-gay by definition. The only reason you would use it as an insult is if you thought there is something wrong with being gay. That’s the entire point of an insult: To denigrate someone by comparison or equation with something bad.

    Yes, it was homophobic. Yes, he meant it. Yes, he knew exactly what he was doing when he said it.

    Yeah, I think he’s sorry, but there’s still a little bit of an attempt to dodge responsibility for his actions.

  26. ThatsAWrap says

    I would give Jonah a hug. He f***ed up. However that was one of the best apologies I have ever seen in my life. I believe it was truly sincere.

    I forgive him, and I encourage the rightly bitter to do the same.

    He’s one of the good ones I think. He just f***ed up; give him the benefit of the doubt people. It is his ‘first strike’ so to speak.

  27. DANSWON says

    Jesus. People really need to not care that much about A WORD. People are being murdered everywhere every day and we are terrified of words.

  28. Alfred says

    I think based on the number of times he has apologized, he probably means it more. Forgiven but not forgotten. RuPaul probably could learn a thing or two from Jonah.

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