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Jonah Hill usually has a pretty low-profile in the media but the Wolf of Wall Street star had some apologizing to do after he was caught on camera hurling a homophobic slur at a paparazzo. The pap was insistently followg Hill while the star was in L.A. recently and he told the pap, “Suck my d**k, you f****t.”
Hill stopped by Howard Stern today and apologized, “This is a heartbreaking situation for me. I’m upset because from the day I was born, and publicly, I’ve been a gay rights activist. Now, this person, you saw a 40-second video. This person had been following me around — just to give it some context, not excusing what I said in any way — this person had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool.”
He continued, “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**t and I shouldn’t have said that.”
“Now what I said in that moment was disgusting and a hurtful term. I should’ve said either nothing, or ‘F**k you.’ Instead I used a word that’s not in my personal life, that’s not part of my vernacular. I’m happy to take the heat for using this disgusting word. What I won’t allow is for anyone — it would break my heart for anyone to think, especially with all the work that I’ve done and all the loved ones that I have — that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.”
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