As you’ve likely heard, Jonah Hill dropped the anti-gay F bomb against a paparazzo who was harassing him over the weekend. Jonah told the guy to “suck my d*, you f*.” Jonah first apologized on Howard Stern, and claimed that the photographer was following him all day and saying “hurtful things” about his family and about him personally. He did not excuse his words and seemed genuinely remorseful and sorry for what he said. He added that “it would break my heart that anyone would think that I would be against anyone for their sexuality.”
The Human Rights Campaign organization, for which Jonah has volunteered, issued a statement accepting his apology, conveying how serious that word is, and adding “Were glad to see that Jonah is willing to turn this into a teachable moment and we hope others will learn from his mistake.”
Last night, on Jimmy Fallon, Jonah issued another apology. He sounded truly sorry, and he got choked up at points. I don’t think he was just acting. You can see the video above and E! has transcribed the relevant parts:
This weekend I was out with some friends and there was a paparazzi guy, and he was antagonizing me and calling me names, attacking me personally and my family personally, and I was genuinely hurt by this and made angry by this. In response, I wanted to hurt him back and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment. I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word. I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way.
I think that…sorry. I think that that doesn’t matter. How you mean things doesn’t matter. Words have weight and meaning. The word I chose was grotesque and no one deserves to say or hear words like that. I’ve been a supporter of the LGBTQ community my entire life, and I completely let the members of that community and everybody else down when I used a word like that this weekend. My heart’s broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry to anybody who’s ever been affected by that term in their life. I’m sorry and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness, but what I ask is at home, if you’re watching this and you’re a young person especially, if someone says something that hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do. Don’t respond with hatred or anger because you’re just adding more ugliness to the world. And again, I am just so sorry.
I know I’m usually funny and stuff, but this wasn’t funny. It was stupid. I deserve the s–t that I’m going to get for it, you know?”
He added “my love and apologies to everybody.”
I think that apology was heartfelt and genuine. He did invoke the “I have gay friends” excuse, especially on Stern, but he seemed to be telling the truth. I still don’t understand how anyone can use that word in any context except to tell someone not to say it. It doesn’t matter how mad Jonah was. My parents taught me that there are certain words you never use and it honestly wouldn’t occur to me to say them. It seems like Jonah is responding the right way to a situation that never should have happened in the first place.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are shown on 5-23-14 at Trinity College in Dublin, where they “were presented with the Bram Stoker medal” and had a Q&A session with fans. They’re also shown on 5-22-14 at a “22 Jump Street” photocall at Claridges in London. Credit: WENN.com