Watch/Listen: Jonah Hill Calls A Photographer A ‘Faggot’, Then Apologizes Profusely

He's a gay rights activist, he has gay friends, yada yada yada

Jonah Hill is offering an apology today in the wake of the release of paparazzi video that shows him uttering a disgusting homophobic slur toward a photographer over the weekend. Claiming that he had been harassed to the point where he “lost his cool”, Jonah admits that he called the photographer a “faggot” and went on The Howard Stern Show to apologize for doing so. Click below to watch the original paparazzi video to hear what Jonah said and then listen to a portion of his interview with Howard Stern where he apologizes for what he said.

Jonah Hill got fed up with a photographer’s comments about his outfit, and lashed out by hurling a gay slur at him, yelling … “Suck my dick, you faggot!” Hill was out in the Larchmont area of L.A. over the weekend when a couple paparazzi started asking questions. Hill kept silent … even when one of the guys (not from TMZ) mocked his floral print board shorts, saying … “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy.” The photog followed Hill for another 40 seconds or so before wishing him a good day — and that’s when an obviously angry and frustrated Hill uncorked the homophobic slur.

And here is Jonah‘s apology on Howard Stern:

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.

While I appreciate that Jonah Hill apologized for his behavior, I cannot say that I’m impressed with the sincerity of this apology. It says a lot about a person when the first thing that comes out of their mouth when they “snap” is a slur. Some people like to explain away their use of slurs like “faggot” or the N word by saying that they snapped … explaining that they never use words like that … blah blah blah. IMHO, a person who never uses homophobic or racist slurs wouldn’t let a word like that “slip out” because if they never spoke that way in the first place then that word wouldn’t even be in their vocabulary. Jonah then, predictably, goes on to say that he’s not homophobic because he has gay family members and friends … which is like saying a Caucasian person isn’t racist because they have Black friends. I cannot say whether or not Jonah Hill is homophobic but I can say that it is very telling to me that a word like “faggot” was able to “slip out” of his mouth so easily. I understand that people are imperfect and I know this incident probably won’t live beyond today but I must admit that I am troubled by how easily it is for some people to use language like this and then claim innocence by saying they “lost their cool”. I’m sure all of Jonah‘s gay family members and friends understand so … yeah.

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  1. Paul

    Clearly Jonah Hill has learned the art of the quick apology in order to make sure that his career doesn’t follow down the post-rant path of Mel Gibson. The question is whether the LGBT community should start boycotting Jonah Hill movies to teach him a lesson. Personally, I think someone should send him a list of politically correct, inoffensive swear words to use when gets angry.

  2. FoxRox

    Even in anger, I would never think of calling someone that word.
    What’s wrong with the good old and reliable “asshole”?

    • @FoxRox — “What’s wrong with the good old and reliable “asshole”?” Exactly, when I get angry … I go with asshole or fucker or whatever. Booze and anger tends to reveal the true sides to people, which is sad.

    • Karen

      @FoxRox – Me neither. I also rarely hear that word because nobody I hang out with uses it.

      I feel like homophobic and racist words are either part of your vocabulary or they’re not. This word is part of Jonah’s so, since he doesn’t approve of homophobia, he should probably figure out what do about that.

  3. This shit pisses me off. But his apology does seem genuine, no?

  4. I guess I just don’t understand why we puff out our chest and just not forgive. This all goes back to those moments of celebrity we don’t understand. Unless you have someone heckling you day in and day out there’s no way to understand the frustration.

    As a gay man, I accept his apology. I don’t think it lacked sincerity. I do think at times we escalate things bigger than what they needed to be.

  5. Jake

    See, I’m torn about this. On the one hand, I don’t condone what he did and has been in the public eye long enough to know better… not to mention that his apology did come across as weak at best and another one written by a PR flack. But on the other hand, i feel like as a country we have become a nation with really thin skin.

    That all being said, I’ve never been a fan of Jonah Hill, so this doesn’t really change my opinion of him for the better.

  6. sarahliciousisdelicious

    i really hate commenting on these things. but the backlash at Jonah on this is kinda out of hand. I get why people might be offended…Really I do.
    I personally never use the word and am offended when someone calls something “gay” when they really mean “lame” or “uncool”. I was also raised in a house where calling someone an “idiot” or a “retard” got you in trouble.
    However, somewhere apparently in teen culture they started using the “N” word and the “F” word and even the “G” word out of context…
    Ask the majority of males what they mean when they call their friend gay or homo or something. I really don’t think they get it. Its like a different word for “lame”
    I am all for fairness and equal rights, but shit yo, this world seems like its getting a little too PC for me. Would the prostitutes be upset if he called the pappo a “whore” or what if the dude lived in a trailer park and he called him “white trash” All these words are offensive to someone for their lifestyle choices or even the life they were born into.
    Save the fire for an actual threat to equal rights. Post more WBC shit, everyone hates those people…

    • @sarahliciousisdelicious — “Ask the majority of males what they mean when they call their friend gay or homo or something. I really don’t think they get it. Its like a different word for “lame”” And that is the problem. If we brush instances like this under the rug, it reinforces the behavior. IMHO the best way to turn a very public incident like this into a learning experience for people who don’t know any better is to speak up and point out that this kind of behavior is wrong. Even if one dumb kid learns the lesson, it’s worth speaking out in my book.

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