Monday, July 31, 2006

Mel Gibson is coo-coo over Jews.

Well it’s official, Mel Gibson is crazy. He was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving this past weekend and after what seemed like a cover-up by the LA County Sheriff’s department, it seems Mr. Gibson has some issues.

The first issue he has is drinking and driving. He was busted for driving 87 in a 45 MPH zone and he had a blood alcohol level of .12. The legal limit is .08. He apparently has had problems with alcoholism in the past and he has said he is seeking help for this.

The issue that may bring down his whole career is his apparent problem with Jews. According to the website, Gibson started in on an expletive filled rant on the Jews. He blamed them for all the wars in the world and said, “F*^k the Jews.”

If I remember correctly around the time The Passion of the Christ came out, the Jews were up in arms over the way the movie made it look like they were responsible for Christ’s death, which they were. Everyone on the planet is/was responsible for the death of Christ, from the beginning to the end of time. Gibson said it was not a “shot” at the Jews, but some have thought he was a closet anti-Semite. Well, the closet doors seemed to have flown open this weekend.

He has apologized for things he said, but I am not sure that will be enough. Gibson’s next film is a movie called Apocalypto and it is about the end of the Mayan civilization. It is not in English and it stars no one you have ever heard of. I had no interest in this film before Gibson went nuts. I am sure that there are many others who will not see this film because of what happened this weekend. I am betting that Disney, the company that is putting out Apocalypto, will not appreciate this huge negative publicity bomb and it will be interesting to see if they ever deal with Gibson again.

How many times have we seen a well known public figure utter some racist remarks whether malicious or “unintentional” and then they just disappear from sight forever? Jimmy the Greek, Roy Campanis, John Rocker, these are mostly sports figures, but you get my point. Will Gibson be able to continue his livelihood in a business that employs a large number of Jews? Only time will tell, but I think that this will follow him for a long time, if not the rest of his life.


Orelinde_03 said...

I knew that Mel had a drinking problem. But had thought he was a recovered alcholic and 'never touched the stuff' anymore.

When he made The Passion Of The Christ, and opted to have subtitles I thought he went a little wonky. I mean the story of Jesus has been done before (straight & in musical) and it will no doubt continue to be remade in to a form of entertainment. I had gone to see The Passion and although I knew what happened (from church) this movie really opened my eyes. But the Easter season does hold a special place for me.

The Jewish people need to accept what had transpired back then, as we all do, when Jesus was crucified. And He had choosen to die for us. Anyone who is spiritual knows this.

But back on the topic of Nut-so Mel Gibson. I think this latest who-ha of his put the last nail in his career.

Travis said...

I am holding out hope for a denial. If he truly has that hate in his heart then making the film the Passion of the Christ did nothing for him spiritually.

While it's true the Jewish leaders (Sadducees and Pharisees namely) were instrumental in Christ's crucifixion, he did die for all. And he did choose to die. A study of Christ's life as told in the gospels shows that on more than one occassion Christ could have been killed before the crucifixion, but "got away."

But the movie was powerful because it connected you with the emotion of the sacrifice through powerful visual images. Not just the violent ones. The opening scene of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane is powerful as well.

But I digress (as Orlinde did.) If he did say this then he needs more than help for his alcoholism. He needs enlightenment.

Orelinde_03 said...

In the Catholic faith, He is known to ask his Father to take this job (of having to go the path he went)from him. Not at his will, but of of God's will.

And Jesus did not know hate, he loved man..and he died for all of us.

If Mel Gibson can be so condesending and so bigited (sp?) then I really don't see myself supporting his career any longer. Because if this is in deed true, what he allegedly said, I am not going to be able to seperate the Mel Gibson from any of his characters.