Jonah Hill, the "22 Jump Street" star became the focus of controversy after responding to a tabloid reporter who while following him and a friend was saying derogatory comments about him and his family that he found hurtful and in a fit of rage he responded with a homophobic slur that was captured on video.
The comment made by Jonah Hill made him one of the main topics in entertainment news and led to him addressing the issue on several talk shows during his promotional appearances for his upcoming movie "22 Jump Street".
The actor was extremely upset at himself because he is a long-time gay rights activist and he let himself be baited by the tabloid reporter whose sole objective was to get him to respond in this manner. He made no excuses about his poor choice of words and he stated on the the the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" that he is now willing to be the poster boy of what not to do when you get angry and to think before you speak.
The situation has led to several of his fellow actors including Channing Tatum and Ice Cube to voice support for Jonah Hill about the type of person he is and it interestingly has led to some conversations starting to arise about the actions of tabloid reporters and could lead to a backlash of some sort within the entertainment industry in the near future.
Several entertainment insiders have noted how while it is one thing to discover news that may be hidden it is quite another to create the events for the news through provocation.
Jonah Hill apologized for his comments and has vowed never to use the derogatory word again but do not be surprised if the entertainment community decides to find some way to punish tabloids that encourage the tactics used to get Jonah Hill to react.