Omaha Red Sox wrote:I'm not a huge fan of Gibson's, though I did love Braveheart, but I don't think you can take anything as truth or rational thought when an individual is intoxicated. He was wrong, obviously, and apologized. We'll see if he takes corrective action. As for The Passion, the movie simply depicted the story from the Bible. If pointing out that Jews and Christians disagree on the topics of the New Testament is considered anti-Semetic, then I think people are being much too sensitive grasping at straws to damage a man's image.
Grasping at straws?
F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"
Being intoxicated doesn't turn you into a hateful bigot. What it does do is completely remove your inhibitions so that what you really feel comes out. The fact that "Jews" had absolutely nothing to do with his situation yet he still brought it up, gives you a lot more insight to who he is than any sober moment ever could. Add to that his father's anti-semitic comments that were made during the making of "The Passion of the Christ", and you get a pretty good idea what kind of upbringing he had.
There's no excuse... period. Considering Hollywood is half Jewish, he's royally screwed his career.
This post is spot-on.
The fact that everyone is giving this guy a pass on these comments is a little annoying...it's not like Mel is just some drunk dude who was talking smack (even if he was, see below): His father is a full-throttle Holocaust denier ("It's all -- maybe not all fiction -- but most of it is")!. Think that might have been a factor growing up? At the very least, he clearly was not raised in an environment sympathetic to Zionism.
Also, do people actually believe that he just happened to rip Jews when he was drunk on this occasion? I know I have said a lot of stupid things during my life, yet it is very rare that I said things I absolutely didn't believe, at least in part. More probable is that this thought is going through his mind on a semi-regular basis and this just happened to be the time he got caught saying it. As prosecutors say, people don't usually get caught the first time they ever do something illegal.
Put simply, my opinion is that it is quite obvious that the guy doesn't like Jews (I have not seen Passion, so this does not factor in). How this affects me, I have no idea and I don't think it does. Accordingly, I don't really care other than how general stupidity and intolerance makes living life a more difficult experience than necessary. OK, I do care a lot in that sense, but it is not like Mel wields legitimate power so I can get over it. Basicaly, I don't think the word hypocrite applies to Mel, although I can think of a few others that do.
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