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Jonah Hill Apologizes On 'Tonight Show' For Anti-Gay Slur

22 Jump Street actor Jonah Hill made a second public apology for his use of a gay slur against a paparazzo. The Oscar nominee spoke out on The Tonight Show on Tuesday night. See what he had to say:

Hill explained:

"There was a paparazzi guy and he was antagonizing me and calling me names, attacking me personally, and my family personally, and I was genuinely hurt by this, and made angry by this, and in response, I wanted to hurt him back, and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment.

 “You know, I didn't mean this in the sense of the word, you know? I didn't mean it in a homophobic way And I think that, um, that doesn't matter. How you mean things doesn't matter. Words have weight and meaning, and the word I chose was grotesque. And, you know...no one deserves to say or hear words like that. I've been a supporter of the LGBT community my entire life and I completely let the members of that community and everybody else down when I used a word like that...I'm genuinely and deeply sorry to anyone who has ever been affected by that term in their life.

“I don't deserve or expect your forgiveness, but what I ask is that at home, if you're watching this, and you're a young person especially; if someone says something that hurts you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do, and don't respond with hatred or anger. Because you're just adding more ugliness to the world. I'm so sorry."

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(H/T: Towleroad

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I agree with a comment above ...He is forgiven but it's a sad statement on society and how being gay is seen as the most hurtful thing u can say to someone....surely necrophilia or paedophilia, murder etc etc r far more hateful than being gay... being gay is loving someone of the same gender not degrading or abusing or killing or hurting someone .

Wait hes not gay?

as a gay guy , i really do not care , just do what you are paid to do , entertain us , and forget about  it ,, In anger we all say things that are hurtful , when a Husband in a fit of anger calls his wife a B word , or a c word which is worse , but it happens , they are not truly meaning what they say . They are just tying to use a word as a punch and something that will hit them the deepest , and it usually works . But afterwards you are usually sorry you said it , and ask for forgiveness . And all we can do , when asked to forgive is to do just that , forgive , otherwise who is the real jerk . One who refuses to forgive is someone who makes things worse . We have to forgive and not hold grudges against people . Judge not less ye be judged , have any of us ever said anything bad about someone in our lives ? Yeah i think we all know we have , would you want to be forgiven for it when you did so ? Yeah of course you did . SO think about what you have said or done to others before you are unwilling to forgive someone yourself .

I do believe that JH is truly sorry for what he said & I appreciate his apology, but there is something that bothers me.  He said that he was hurt, so he wanted to say.. "The most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment".

Why is that the most hurtful word that you could say?  Is it so utterly demoralizing & offensive to intimate that someone is gay?  Is it so disgusting, so nasty that calling someone a "fag" is the worst word that you can use to really hurt a person?  As if wishing gayness on someone would be the worst curse possible.

I think that his heart is in the right place & he does feel shame for using the word & offending people, but I also feel like he & many others are missing the point.

The word fag/faggot is offensive to most gay men & when used against us by straight people is an act of intolerance & hatred, but what is more offensive to me is the reasoning behind using it to insult someone to emasculate, or demoralize, or deeply offend them, as if the worst thing you can be is gay.

This is especially damaging to young LGBT people, who are struggling with coming to terms with their sexuality.  If the notion that being gay is 'the worst thing you can be', is what they hear, it is difficult for them to be able to see themselves as anything other than flawed & unworthy.

The conversation needs to change.  "Gay" needs to be seen as a good thing, an amazing thing.  A gift that we are blessed with.  We are a perfect blend of the masculine & feminine with a unique perspective.  We must celebrate gay pioneers & historical figures, artists, scientists, leaders.  Schools should discuss homosexuality as part of their regular curriculum.  Kids should be educated that LGBT people should be as revered & respected as non LGBT people.  "Gay" should mean awesome!

We've all be called fag by straight people, friends, family, even by each other.  Generally it is meant to hurt & offend, but I think that it should be used as a compliment.

You are so rigth... why is the word is so hurtfull??? Why it's not the opposite... the word "strait" is not the bad word!!! "Yarrrkkkk you're strait"
I don't understand why being gay is not "good"... it's not like you choose it. It's what you are...like being "strait "... you don't choose you're like that!!! It's so stupid, that people stop at that... there's ssssooooo much more to think in a day!!! Then you're neigtbor is ggggaaaayyyyy .....omg I don't want to chatch it... stupid people!!! Wake up...

I think you need to revise on your English.

WOW! I Think thats the best apology I've ever heard. Thank you and your forgiven.

I like him also. He is totally forgiven. You can't hold this against him.

I like him, he's been an advocate for us a long time. We've all said things when we hit that point if anger we wish we could take back and it took a lot of pushing from the paparazzi to get a reaction.

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