McConaughey Condemned for Slur
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ An Asian-American group condemned Matthew McConaughey for using a racial slur on Rosie O’Donnell’s show.
McConaughey, who is filming the World War II movie ``U-571″ in Italy, made the comment Tuesday when Ms. O’Donnell referred to his short hair.
``I take it you’re doing a movie. That’s the new hairdo?″ she asked.
``Yeah,″ McConaughey answered. ``I’m over in Rome fighting Germans and Japs from World War II.″
There was no audible reaction from the studio audience and Ms. O’Donnell continued the conversation without pause.
``The term `Jap’ has historically been used to dehumanize an entire race of people _ not just Japanese nationals. During World War II, the slur was used against Japanese-Americans,″ said Masaru Kent Kawai, president of the watchdog group Media Action Network for Asian Americans.
McConaughey publicist Jennifer Allen and Laura Mandel, a spokeswoman for Ms. O’Donnell’s show, said Thursday that the actor meant no offense.
``He’s the nicest young man there is,″ Ms. Allen said.