"There is no salvation for those outside the Church.” Mel Gibson, Herald Sun, Australia
"The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Mel Gibson, to police during 2006 arrest
"You look like a fucking bitch in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n*gg*rs, it will be your fault," Mel Gibson, allegedly on tape, RadarOnline.com
Mel Gibson's been caught ranting with expletive-laced, racist, sexist invective at the latest object of his disenchantment. Alert the media. Oh wait, somebody did. Possibly his baby momma, locked in a vicious, possibly dangerous custody battle with the ever devolving Mel.
Now there's another, scarier tape. Is anyone surprised by his latest behavior? If so, you haven't been paying attention.
Let's remember, Mel Gibson was basically raised by wolves. He grew up in an aggressively anti-Semitic household. And, as we now see, one that apparently encouraged broad spectrum bigotry.
Mel's father is a staunch Holocaust denier. Bizarrely so. He dismisses the Holocaust because ...wait for it... the Nazis didn't have enough gas to kill six million Jews. But, you know, if they had, he'd be okay with it.
Dad Gibson also denies that millions of Catholics, Gypsies, homosexuals, Blacks and the disabled were killed by the Nazis. Not that he'd care, except for the Catholics.
When asked about such blatant idiocy, Gibson said, "My dad taught me my faith, and I believe what he taught me. The man never lied to me in his life."
A 50-something man of the world still trusting his Daddy's views. How sweet. How sick and twisted. The guy's a maggot.
The Passion of the Bigot
Mel's given similar non-denial denials about the many anti-Semitism claims against him over the years. Then he made perhaps the most anti-Semitic movie in history, "The Passion of the Christ."
There was enormous controversy among the International Jewish community over that movie. Did Mel reach out to Jews back then for cross-cultural understanding?
No. He didn't have to, the movie was a blockbuster, even though it busted on Jews. Plus, a lot of Christians were happy. Which in America means big box office.
Drunk and Dumber
Then he showed us the true Inner Mel --a Jew-hater-- with his belligerent anti-Semitic rantings to the cops during his 2006 drunk driving arrest.
And quickly discovered that being vocally anti-Semitic isn't politically correct. At least not in public. Especially if you're in the movie business.
So Mel did the mea culpa shuffle,"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."
It's not about your words, Mel, it's about the attitudes behind them.
Mel said, "I'm not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing."
Healing? Can you say, Nuclear Damage Control? Wow. The only problem with that kind of spin is that it's so obviously Spin.
The only healing Mel Gibson sought in 2006 was for his career, not his conscience. He played the self-blame game like a pro.
And he got away with it. Until now.
Liars and Tits and Bare Legs, Oh My
Now Mel's in real trouble. He doesn't get to cloak his bigotry in the First Amendment. Or call it Art. Or claim alcohol addiction led to loss of judgement.
This time he tapped into the mother lode of American guilt. Racism.
It spewed out of him like molten lava, in blind rage and on tape. To the mother of his youngest child. Vicious, bigoted, hostile, racist, sexist garbage. Nothing artful about that.
Forget credibility, his career is on the line. Not to mention... can you say lynching? Jesse Jackson's on the case. Ironically, the man who called New York "Hymietown" is finally publicly pissed at Mel.
Except, even Jesse Jackson hedged. He hedged.
"His penchant for anti-Semitic and racist diatribes reveals the actor's fundamental character flaw. He needs help." Rev. Jesse Jackson, RadarOnline.com.
He needs HELP? That's bitter icing on this rancid cake, especially for Jews. Last time Jodie Foster led his moral defense. This time Robert DiNero wants him to 'get through this.' Seriously??
What's wrong with these people? Mel Gibson spewed Jew-hatred, racism, sexism. He demeaned, browbeat and threatened to kill a woman, the mother of his child.
And --here's where all the media attention comes in-- he used the worst word in the English language. In the worst context. He pushed our personal buttons by stepping on a national land mine.
There will be more stories. Mel will make more apologies and then he'll enter... well, is there such a thing as Racist Rehab?
Pundits and critics will rant and rave for a while. Mel might have to do some community service. Perhaps attend a feminist meeting. Mentor inner city African American kids.
Equally Lethal Weapons?
In fact, Gibson did no substantive penance after the 2006 incident. And nobody seemed to care. It bothers me that the commotion is greater this time, with racism added. Because Jew-hating is just as despicable. And equally dangerous.
Yet anti-Semitism is horribly, in some twisted way an acceptable offense among non-Jews. As long as you deny --Mel himself has done it for years-- and apologize.
The response shouldn't be less for anti-Semitism. Or any other form of prejudice. And certainly not for violence against women. But it is. That's just plain WRONG.
These days though, well, anti-Semitism can be cloaked in 'anti-Israel' outrage. You don't have to do any serious research, truly learn about the players in the Middle East. You can justify your anti-Semitism on only the facts you choose to see.
That's the same pick-a-reason-any-reason rationale Mel's father uses to deny the Holocaust.
Bigotry, hatred, sexism and racism are still the slippery slope to discrimination, anarchy, intifadas, wars ... the decay of civilization. Not to mention civilized discourse.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Did you cringe at the N-word in that quote above? I did. I didn't say it, I never think it. I repeated it for the shocking emphasis it warrants. And as a reminder: Mel Gibson said words that too many people think and say every single day.
So now you're maybe a little --or a lot-- mad at me.
Is anybody thinking, "racist Jew bitch"? or just "racist bitch"? That first thought is anti-Semitic, the second is sexist. So why is racism worse?
The argument is, should be, it's ALL WRONG. Unacceptable. And finally, publicly, for Mel Gibson, unforgivable.
After 2006, Mel did some interviews talking about the "terrible incident" his "former" alcoholism and how he'd become a changed man.
Don't believe it.
Anti-Semitism and racism don't disappear with anger management or a sobriety medal. Bigotry comes from inside a person, not a bottle.
There's no 'cure' for prejudice. Just retribution.
Mel Gibson has shown the world over and over that he will never change his core bigotry. If there's any justice in his professed hyper-Catholic beliefs, someday he will be made to pay.
All the Terrible Things Mel Gibson Has Said on the Record