The generally laid-back and always-funny Jonah Hill, who has advocated for LGBT rights in the past, has found himself at the center of controversy after hurling the word ‘faggot’ at a paparazzo. The 22 Jump Street star was filmed by TMZ cameras shouting the hurtful word, but Hill quickly apologized this morning on the Howard Stern Show.
This is a heartbreaking situation for me…I’m upset…From the day I was born, and publicly, I’ve been a gay rights activist…This person had been following me around all day saying hurtful things. I played into exactly what he wanted and I said a disgusting word…It’s bulls–t and I shouldn’t have said that. 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 to think that anyone – 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.
There’s proof to back up Hill’s statement, just this November he donned a shirt from the HRC supporting LGBT rights in Russia, and his new film, the straight-male-heavy 22 Jump Street, includes a subplot that features the two main characters adamantly opposed to using the exact same word that Hill used.
So should we call the gay-rights police on Hill? We better chalk this one up to poor choices, not malice.