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Ear to the Ground

Mel Gibson: The World ‘Seems to Have Gone Mad’

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Posted on Aug 1, 2006
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An exclusive photo from InTouch shows Gibson posing with fellow customers at the Malibu restaurant Moonshadows shortly before being arrested for drunk driving.

Celebrity scandals aren’t our bag. But considering that some Jewish groups felt Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” did more to further anti-Semitism than any other piece of pop culture in recent memory, we figure that Gibson’s apology for his anti-Semitic remarks over the weekend is fair game.

  • The photo above was taken at a bar a few hours before his arrest.
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  • The N.Y. Times marvels at “the speed at which the scandal unfolded, doing serious damage to one of Hollywood?s most valuable careers along the way.”

  • AP:

    Mel Gibson’s statement, released to the news media early Tuesday, five days after his drunken driving arrest in Malibu:

    There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.

    I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.

    ... I have begun an ongoing program of recovery and what I am now realizing is that I cannot do it alone. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery. Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help. I know there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.

    This is not about a film. Nor is it about artistic license. This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have. Its about existing in harmony in a world that seems to have gone mad.

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    By booh, August 2, 2006 at 1:34 am Link to this comment
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    Alcohol loosens the inhibitions that are wrapped around our tongues. A great deal of alcohol makes us blabber and more incoherent than not. But a bit too much alcohol, well, Gibson is a case in point. What came out of his mouth was certainly what was on his mind.

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    By Herman Van Aken, August 1, 2006 at 10:54 pm Link to this comment
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    If there was no police tape of him demonstrating his bigotry, Gibson would have denied the whole incident and blamed it on a vendetta by a Jewish cop.

    Imagine that. The son of a father who openly states he hates Jews and says the holocaust never happened, makes a film portraying Jews in unflattering manner with physical stereotypes (except of course the lead Jew, Jesus), and you think he is anti-Semitic. Where do you people of the Jewish controlled world come up with this? all 14 million of you.

    “Anti-Semite” Remember it Gibson because it will follow you the rest of your life and when you die be in your obituary for all to remember who you were.

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    By Alejandro Quinonez, August 1, 2006 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment
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    Mel Gibsons remarks were in-appropriate to be sure. So what; how many children have said in a fit of rage I hate you to their parents. Point is we all say things we wish we wouldn’t have. As far as the jewish population is concerned. I don’t like the policys of Israel. Am I anti-semitic? No, I don’t like murderers of any ilk, what ever race they belong to. So chill out and keep making great movies Mel. I guess I’m not going to make the rapture uh. Oh well….

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    By Tarja Black, August 1, 2006 at 9:24 pm Link to this comment
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    Mel Gibson appears more and more absurd. The latest photos show this devout Christian with women in his arms and no sign of his wife.

    Jews should be grateful for a foe like him. As Voltaire said, “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”

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    By harald hardrada, August 1, 2006 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment
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    how fitting—jesus freaks & neocons [many of whom are zionists] got together under bush & lied us into iraq—now we’re starting to see that it was a marriage of convenience

    why don’t we get this upset at how israel treats palestinians or at how israel is killing or maiming innocent lebanese?—it wouldn’t be that once again the news media need to remind americans that zionists are victims?

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    By robert puglia, August 1, 2006 at 4:26 pm Link to this comment
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    in vino veritas; the passion of the sheist. was he drunk those times he reviled gay people? his outburst is not so remarkable. opinions are as ubiquitous as that comparatively rank orifice and in mel’s case one seems to issue from the other. what a schtickputz.

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    By Alan Saunders, August 1, 2006 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment
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    Well, it’s kinda sad since MelG was raised by an overtly antisemitic father in OZ. Sad that he simply picked up the parental prejudice. Sad that no one picked up on that although his rascist roots were well documented.

    The Passion of Christ drags medieval charicatures into the 21st century. It’s not just when Gibbering Gibson is drunk that he is primitive anachronism - it will inhabit his dreams, his perceptions of individuals and poison his consciousness. In view of this any apology is for money and career - let’s hope he careers out of the public gaze. Even in the UK his Braveheart cheapened Scottish-English relations with medieval prejudice and hate. The Bruce was a murderer who killed legitimate rivals to his throne. The oppressors were essentiallly Norman monarch yet the Scots historically team up with the French.

    Mr. Gibson is a cheap prejudicious actor whose only celebrity should reflect the very gutter from which he appears to derive his consciousness.

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    By joe, August 1, 2006 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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    Mel is not Anti Semitic when he is sober. He only seems like it when he is drunk.

    The Devil in the bottle made him say it. Boy, that Devil is a bad one.

    Okay Mel, 1000 Hail Mary’s on your knees!!

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    By yours truly, August 1, 2006 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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    No problema, Mr. Gibson.  Just continue with your fessing-up and give us the real poop on why the anti-Semitism in your Passion of Christ movie.  Did you really think that would bring back the Inquisition?  Even “better” for you belief system, that maybe it would re-kindle the Holocaust?  Oops, forgot; you and you pappy are Holocaust deniers.  Humble pie, that’s what you’re getting.  Might make a man out of you.  Never too late..

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