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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Mel Gibson to be Crucified?

I am a big supporter of Israel, as anyone who has read my previous blog entries can testify. However, I am NOT a big supporter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). To me, they rank right up there with the NAACP as a bunch of whining, self-victimizers. The ADL's lastest antics over the Mel Gibson tirade are a case in point.

Actor Mel Gibson was arrested early Friday morning for driving under the influence (DUI). According to published reports, “deputies clocked [Gibson] doing 87 mph in a 45 mph zone”. An empty tequila bottle was found in Gibson's car, and his blood alcohol level was 0.12 (CA legal limit is 0.08).

Sounds to me like he was inebriated.

To make matters worse, Gibson embarked on a verbal tirade, wherein he made a variety of derogatory remarks, some of which were against Jews. Gibson reportedly stated ""F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked the arresting officer, "Are you a Jew?"

Gibson, who has long battled with bipolar disorder and alcoholism, issued an apology for his remarks, stating, ”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… 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…

Great! Now we can move on with life and deal with more important issues, right?

Ah, not so fast there Antonio. Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, called Gibson's apology "unremorseful and insufficient."

Seems to me that Foxman is implacable and unforgiving. I suppose he has not yet exacted his pound of flesh. Perhaps Foxman wants Gibson to be turned over to Ciaphas the High Priest, so that he can bring him before Pilate. If Pilate gives the ADL the thumbs-up, Gibson could be scheduled for crucifixion as early as next week. The crucifixion would obviously take place at San Quentin prison, with the actual act of driving in the nails being performed by prison employees, thereby cleansing the hands of the ADL of any culpability in the matter.

Okay, let’s be serious for a moment. Truth be told, this is yet another episode of the ADL trying to draw attention to itself. This has little to do with Mel Gibson - his so-called tirade was pretty lame, by bigotry standards. The ADL is simply taking advantage of Gibson's celebrity to publicly flex their muscle. If anything, this is more of a vicarious attack on Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, who has a reputation for making anti-semetic statements. The same thing happened a few years ago when Mel Gibson was accused of anti-semetism because critics felt that his film, The Passion, unfairly blamed the Jews for Jesus’ crucifixion. Gibson rightfully denied the charge, as his film only reflected what is actually written in the gospels. But to his credit, he edited the film prior to its release to remove a part of the script that the ADL felt was inappropriate.

So let's take a step back and view this episode a bit more clearly. This whole thing is being blow way out of proprotion. It is not a big deal. The guy was drunk off his gourd and made a few ignorant statements. He said a few things that were lurking around in the back of his mind. Thankfully they don't have thought police to follow the rest of us around and dig into the bowels of the minds. We should also be thankful that someone did not have a tape-recorder on hand the last time we made remarks that could have been construed as disparaging of others (which for me was yesterday). If they did, they could certainly have a field day on my account.

Or maybe Mel is not really that fond of Jews after all.

Who cares?! Get over it.


At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Roy said...

I defintely think that the ADL is trying to fundraise. I also agree that they are a whinny, NAACP, type of organization. That being said, it seems that Gibson is anti-semtic, but as you said who cares? I am awaiting his next film, Apocolipto(not sure if I spelled that correctly) but it promises to be cool.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel is as human as the rest of us. Sometimes we say something that is bugging us, that's all. All the goody-two-shoes types that keep lashing out at him (I call them sexual intellectuals) fucking know it alls, should check their own weak moments.
I thoroughly enjoyed Apocolipto, but what I want someone to clearify is why a Tapir was chasing the fellow. Tapairs are vegatable eaters only.


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