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 TMZ.com, 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.