The Shmooze

Gary Oldman Bashes 'Hypocrites' Who Shun Mel Gibson

By Anne Cohen

Mel Gibson has finally found someone willing to stand up for him.

In an interview with Playboy magazine promoting his role in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” actor Gary Oldman donned his defender-of-pariah-celebrities cape, labeling the climate of political correctness in Hollywood as “crap.”

I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things,” the 56-year-old actor said. “We’re all f—–g hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n—-r or that fucking J–? I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”

Oldman also had a kind word for Alec Baldwin, who recently made headlines when he made a homophobic slur to a paparazzo who was trying to take his picture.

“Alec (Baldwin) calling someone an F– in the street while he’s pissed off coming out of his building because they won’t leave him alone. I don’t blame him.”

It’s been almost eight years since Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade during his arrest on a DUI charge.

“So they persecute. Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him-and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough.

“He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? But some Jewish guy in his office somewhere hasn’t turned and said, “That f—- kraut” or “F— those Germans,” whatever it is? We all hide and try to be so politically correct. That’s what gets me. It’s just the sheer hypocrisy of everyone, that we all stand on this thing going, ‘Isn’t that shocking?’

The New York Daily News points out that at this point, the self-described Libertarian seemed to realize that his words could be seen as offensive.

You have to edit and cut half of what I’ve said, because it’s going to make me sound like a bigot,” Oldman told his interviewer, reportedly told his interviewer.

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Meet Clifford Scheiner, Orthodox Doctor and Leading Porn Collector

By Michael Kaminer

It’s not surprising that Dr. Clifford Scheiner, a self-proclaimed Orthodox Jew and student of Talmud and Torah, poses in today’s New York Daily News holding a book. What might raise eyebrows is that the tome in question is the illustrated biography of ‘70s porn star Vanessa Del Rio.

Scheiner, according to the News, “has one of the largest collections of pornography and erotica in the world… An enormous hoard of 350,000 books, films and photos — from 13th-century manuscripts to every issue of Playboy and Screw magazine ever printed.”

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Helen Thomas Talks Israel, Jews to Playboy!

By Nathan Burstein

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Nearly a year after the scandal that ended her epic run as a White House correspondent, Helen Thomas has re-emerged to share more thoughts about Israel and Jews - specifically, that they’re “wonderful,” but also that they wield too much money and power.

“[They are] using their power, and they have power in every direction… over the White House, power over Congres,” Thomas says in the new issue of Playboy. “Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control…”

The 90-year-old Thomas, who covered every administration from JFK to Obama, said she considers herself anti-Zionist rather than anti-Jewish, and mixed a few words of praise into her conspiratorial comments. “I think [Jews are] wonderful people,” she said. “They had to have the most depth. They were leaders in civil rights. They’ve always had the heart for others but not for Arabs, for some reason.”

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Tiger’s Jewish Mistress Will Pose for Playboy

By Josh Tapper

Rachel Uchitel, the Las Vegas nightclub hostess-cum-Tiger Woods mistress, will capitalize on her tryst with the world’s most infamous golfer by appearing half-nude in an upcoming Playboy spread, according to celebrity gossip site, TMZ.

But, Uchitel, the granddaughter of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants may not be taking it off so fast. She agreed to pose on the condition that she can back out anytime before the shoot, which is scheduled in three weeks.

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