Here we go again. TMZ reports that while Jonah Hill was in Los Angeles this weekend, he was trailed by a couple of paps. He became so fed up that he unleashed the dreaded F-bomb on one. Come on, man. Think about Alec Baldwin—at this point, saying "faggot" hurts your celebrity career just as much as (if not more than) it hurts...whomever it still hurts at this point.
Why court the hassle? Just don't say it. Simple. In the video, Hill is trailed for about a minute, which is infuriating itself (leave the fucker alone). But what's more infuriating is that he had all that time to stew and ruminate and, "Suck my dick, faggot," is what he came up with? The way he says "faggot," too, is faint. It's either under his breath or his head is turned, but either way it sounds like he regrets it before even saying it, as well he should. It gives the pap, who's bothering Hill, ammunition to call him a "bully." And now, the rest of the world has that ammunition, too.
Is this a slip? A mistake? A slow-burning heated moment? Another example of "'faggot' doesn't mean gay?" The revealing of homophobia that lies just under the surface of even some self-proclaimed gay allies?
Hill has been an outspoken proponent of gay rights insofar as he posted something on Twitter last year: He tweeted his support for the HRC's Love Conquers Hate campaign, which hit back at Russia's anti-gay propaganda law.
On the subject of supporting gay rights, he told E!, "I have tons of gay friends, gay family members...It's like saying, why do you think people should breathe?"
If you want people to believe that, think harder next time someone's following you and if you must call him or her a name, choose one that isn't tied to the oppression of a group that you claim to support. It saves us all the trouble.
Update: Predictably, Hill has apologized for saying "faggot."
He told Howard Stern today:
I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool. And 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 coworkers, a best friend who is gay who's getting married who I'm going to stand at his wedding. I am 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 bullshit and I shouldn't have said that.
Yes, that's correct.
Update: Here's a longer clip of Hill discussing the slur via Sirius directly: