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Jonah Hill takes responsibility for homophobic slur aimed at paparazzi

Jonah Hill attends a photocall to promote their new film '22 Jump Street' at Claridges Hotel on May 22, 2014 in London, England.
Jonah Hill attends a photocall to promote their new film '22 Jump Street' at Claridges Hotel on May 22, 2014 in London, England.
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Actor Jonah Hill lost his cool over the weekend and reportedly lashed out a homophobic slur aimed towards photographers who followed the “22 Jump Street” actor when he was walking with a friend in a Los Angeles neighborhood. On Tuesday during an appearance on Howard Stern, the 30-year-old actor didn’t deny his use of the slur but rather accepted full responsibility for the hurtful comment.

Although Hill should’ve used better judgment in his choice of words, he was pretty much harassed by the paparazzi. According to reports, Hill was wearing printed shorts, a polo T-shirt, sneakers, and a baseball cap. He ignored the cameras but one cameraman continued to harass Hill and teased the actor by calling his outfit “pretty sexy.” Hill still ignored until the cameraman finally said, “Have a good day.”

At that point, the “Wolf of Wall Street” actor finally snapped and responded to the man with a homophobic slur by yelling, “Suck my d—ck, you f----t.” Although Hill had the opportunity to deny the comment on Stern’s show, he took full responsibility. He said, “What I said in that moment was disgusting …I shouldn’t have said that.”

Jonah Hill also apologized for his comment and did mention the photographer’s harassment as a triggering point. But the remark was still unnecessary coming from the mouth of a man who has been active in supporting gay rights and has a gay friend who is preparing to get married.

The homophobic remark wasn’t the first time Hill was accused of being homophobic. Back in 2012 he engaged in a Twitter feud with openly gay CNN anchor Don Lemon after the two ran into each other in a hotel. Lemon said that Hill thought he was a bellman and the actor responded by saying, “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.” Lemon found the response to be a “bit homophobic.”