As you undoubtedly know, donald sterling, the billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, made several overtly racist comments during a telephone conversation with his former girlfriend/mistress V Stiviano, which Stiviano taped, almost certainly without sterling\’s knowledge or consent, and which found their way into the news media (she says she didn\’t make the tape available to media.. and if you believe her you may be the only one in the USA who does).
sterling emphatically claims he is no racist and has apologized profusely for his comments. But the NBA, parent organization of the Clippers, has fined him $2.5 million dollars, barred him from having anything to do with the team and has ruled he must sell it to someone else – presumably someone without a vindictive ex girlfriend.
Now we have Jonah Hill. This weekend, Hill, a highly successful actor, tossed an overtly gay slur at one of the paparazzi following him. He told him to “suck my dick, you faggot”. And it has found its way into the news media.
Hill emphatically claims he is no homophobe and has apologized profusely for his comment – most recently on Jimmy Kimmel\’s “Tonight” show. So far, media appear highly sympathetic (the Today Show people certainly seemed to be this morning) and we have heard no indication that his acting career will be affected in any way.
There\’s your comparison. Make of it what you will.