Jonah Hill Caught On Tape Calling Paparazzo A 'F*ggot'
Actor Jonah Hill was caught on video over the weekend calling a paparazzo a "faggot" while he was walking in Larchmont Village.
The 30-year-old Moneyball actor can be heard on a TMZ video telling a photographer, "Suck my dick, you faggot." This came after the paparazzo followed Hill down Larchmont, egging him on and poking fun at Hill's floral board shorts: "I like the shorts though, bro. They are pretty sexy."
Hill apologized for his remarks this morning on an interview on the Howard Stern show. "I'm upset because from the day I was born I was publicly a gay rights activist," Hill told Stern.
"[To] give it some context—not excusing what I said in any way—this person had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally, and I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool," Hill said.
"I used a word that I don't use in my personal life. It's not part of my vernacular. I'm happy to take the heat for using this disgusting word. What I won't allow... it would break my heart to think that anyone would think, especially with all the work that I've done and all the loved ones I have, that I would be against anyone for their sexuality."
Back in November, Hill tweeted out a photo of himself wearing a t-shirt with a pro-gay rights message against Russia's anti-gay policies. He told E! Online: "I have tons of gay friends, gay family members. It's like saying, 'Why do you think people should breathe?'"
However, his paparazzo incident isn't the first time Hill's actions have been accused of being homophobic. Hill got in a Twitter feud in 2012 with CNN host Don Lemon, an openly gay and outspoken journalist. Lemon tweeted that he thought Hill was a "tool" after Lemon said "hi" to him in a hotel elevator and said he thought Hill thought he was a bellman. Hill, in response, tweeted: "I said hi what do you want me to do move in with you? I was in a hurry. Didn't realize you were a 12 year old girl. Peace."
In a 2013 interview with George Stroumboulopoulos about the feud, Lemon mentioned what he thought of Hill's comments: "But (his) response, I thought, was a bit homophobic, and the way he treated me—I didn't talk on Twitter about exactly what happened—but you know, to each his own."