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Actor Jonah Hill was caught on tape yelling a homophobic slur at a group of paparazzi in Los Angeles over the weekend and has apologized for using such language.
In the video, which was posted at TMZ, Hill is seen being asked questions by a couple of photographers. At first, the 21 Jump Street actor ignores them, but he grew agitated when one mocked his floral print shorts. “I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy,” the paparazzo says.
“Suck my d***, you f*****!” Hill is heard yelling in response.
Hill, who has been a strong advocate for gay rights, apologized for the incident while on The Howard Stern Show, reports E! News.
“This is a heartbreaking situation for me,” Hill said Tuesday. When Stern said Hill sounded angry, Hill replied, “Anger is not the right word at all.”
“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,” Hill said. He went on to explain that the photographer had been following him around all day, yelling insulting comments about the actor and his family. “...And I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool,” he said.
“In that moment I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people,” Hill continued. “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. I shouldn't have said that.”
Hill further explained that the offending word is not part of his daily vocabulary and admitted that, while he’s good at acting, he’s not good at being famous.
In 2013, Hill showed support for the Human Rights Campaign and rallied against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Hill recently starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, which earned him a second Oscar nod. His 22 Jump Street opens on June 13.
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