By Dustin Brewer
A few days back, footage of actor Jonah Hill being poked and prodded by paparazzi hit the media. In the footage, Hill calls the “reporter” a slur and repeatedly asks to be left alone. It’s clear that the controversy that followed really affected him as he used his appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to give what could be the most genuine apology by a celebrity ever.
Hill is someone that has avoided controversy his entire career until this point, he hasn’t really even been in the media much unless promoting a project.
With two Academy Award nominations already in his young career, it could be easy to wonder if he’s just trying to do damage control or how sincere he really is but it seems like it’s something he genuinely wants people to discuss and learn from.
“I’m sorry and I don’t deserve or expect your forgiveness but what I ask is if you’re at home and you’re watching this and you’re a young person especially; if someone says something that hurts you and angers you, use me as an example of what not to do. “- Jonah Hill on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”
It’s easy to jump on Hill for the use of a slur like that but another issue is Hill’s admittance that the paparazzi had been following him around with his friends for the entire day, prodding at him and attacking him, his family and friends until he was able to get the reaction from Hill that he wanted and that caused all this controversy.
This whole thing won’t change how the paparazzi goes about stalking celebrities and exploiting them for their magazines, websites and shows and it won’t change how the public enjoys reading or watching every aspect of someone’s life put on display.
For celebrities, it’s the price that comes for the fame and fortune.
For Jonah Hill, it was an opportunity to take the high road and show everyone something they’re not used to seeing; a celebrity use their platform as an opportunity to admit fault with the hopes that at least one person will be able to learn from it .