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posted: 6/5/2014 7:23 AM

Why would gay ally Jonah Hill let fly with a slur?

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  • Jonah Hill has apologized for shouting a homophobic slur at a paparazzo in an encounter caught on video. A video posted Tuesday by TMZ shows a photographer pestering Hill, who responded with expletives and an anti-gay expression. On "The Howard Stern Show" on Tuesday, the 30-year-old actor acknowledged that he said "a disgusting word." Hill said the word "does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people."

      Jonah Hill has apologized for shouting a homophobic slur at a paparazzo in an encounter caught on video. A video posted Tuesday by TMZ shows a photographer pestering Hill, who responded with expletives and an anti-gay expression. On "The Howard Stern Show" on Tuesday, the 30-year-old actor acknowledged that he said "a disgusting word." Hill said the word "does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people."
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By John Rogers, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Jonah Hill is winning points for what appears to be a sincere apology for hurling a gay slur at a paparazzo he says was harassing him.

But the insult the actor hurled last week still raises the question: Why would someone like Hill, for years a vocal supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, use such a word? Even in a moment of anger?

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He's not the first, nor likely the last, prominent person to use the word "faggot" in the heat of the moment.

Experts say comments like Hill's aren't necessarily used by people who are against gays. They say it often doesn't seem to matter if they think the person is gay or not.

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