February 22, 2020

Can We Cancel Mel Gibson Already?

“Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic. This isn’t just a guess, it’s actual fact based on things Gibson has said. He’s also a misogynist, racist, homophobe and all around (seemingly) terrible person. Yet he’s still working in Hollywood. Why?!

In case you think I’m overreacting, let’s take a walk through Mel Gibson’s past.

In 2006, when Gibson was being arrested for driving under the influence, he said, “F***ing Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” (You can read the TMZ report, which published Gibson’s arrest report.) A few years earlier, Gibson had doubted that 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, telling an interviewer, “I mean when the war was over they said it was 12 million. Then it was six. Now it’s four. I mean it’s that kind of numbers game.” Yeah, sure, OK, the Holocaust is a numbers game!? (His dad, for what it’s worth, is a noted Holocaust denier.) He also called Jewish actress Winona Ryder an “oven dodger.”

Gibson’s 2004 movie “The Passion of the Christ” was deeply anti-Semitic, telling the story of the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life. When asked if it would upset “any Jewish people” (interviewer’s words, not mine), Gibson replied, “‘It may. It’s not meant to. I think it’s meant to just tell the truth … Anybody who transgresses has to look at their own part or look at their own culpability.” Love the trope of Jews-killed-Jesus casually dropped into interviews! (A great read on the anti-Semitism of the movie can be found in The Nation: “The Protocols of Mel Gibson.”)”

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