Awesome: Actor Gary Oldman says he’s a libertarian, and epically takes down Hollywood’s politically correct culture

Gary Oldman has stolen plenty of hearts, but he probably now has a special place in the hearts of liberty lovers. The English actor told Playboy he considered himself a libertarian and took a great shot at Bill Maher in the process.

PLAYBOY: How would you describe your politics?

OLDMAN: I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons.

PLAYBOY: But there are a ton of conservatives in Hollywood, and libertarians too. Bill Maher has called himself a libertarian.

OLDMAN: I think he would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.

Oldman is right in saying conservatives (and libertarians) don’t have a real podium in Hollywood. There isn’t really a “conservative/libertarian Bill Maher or Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert” unless you count Greg Gutfeld and Andy Levy from Fox’s Red Eye. It’s a shame, because there are some really funny liberty lovers out there like Stephen Kruiser.

But Oldman has some interesting comments regarding drug legalization and personal responsibility.

PLAYBOY: What’s your take on legalizing marijuana?

OLDMAN: It’s silly to me. I’m not for it. Drugs were never my bag. I mean, I tried it once and it wasn’t for me, though, unlike Bill Clinton, I did inhale. To me, the problem is driving. People in Colorado are driving high and getting DUIs. That’s what I worry about. Listen, if you want to do cocaine, heroin, smoke marijuana, that’s fine by me. It’s just that I worry about kids behind the wheel of a car more than anything.

He has a point regarding DUIs however, it could be argued the only people who are truly a threat are the ones driving dangerously all over the road. Those are the ones who should be arrested and prosecuted, not the guy smoking a joint in his apartment. However, Oldman seems open-minded about it, which more people should be.

Oldman has awesome comments regarding political correctness and double standards.

OLDMAN: More and more, people in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can’t ordinarily say, because it’s all too politically correct.

PLAYBOY: Do you have something in mind?

OLDMAN: Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a cunt—and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless cunt—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.” He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, “You fag”? I don’t get it.

PLAYBOY: You see it as a double standard.

OLDMAN: It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.

To be fair, there is something important about messaging. While people enjoy what Stewart and Gutfeld have to offer, not everyone does. There’s nothing wrong with being honest without swearing all the time.

The reaction has been, sadly unsurprising. New York Daily News suggested Oldman should have “stuck to the script” while The Wire said Oldman was going on trial again for his extracurriculars. Most people seem to be focused on his comments regarding Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. But isn’t that exactly the point Oldman is making? Gibson made two mistakes over racial slurs, both while drunk. He’s still a fine actor. Baldwin is a tool, but The Hunt For Red October and Mercury Rising are great films.

Oldman’s comments are welcome and hopefully more like-minded people in Hollywood will start speaking out. It still doesn’t explain his HTC One commercials, but he probably likes it that way.


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