You'd better watch what you think, part II
The word's out in Hollywood... Mel Gibson's an anti-Semite.
According to the entertainment news Web site TMZ.com, Gibson launched into a tirade when he was arrested, swearing and hurling anti-Semitic and sexist remarks. (According to who, again?)
According to the site, the report said Gibson's comments included, "F------ Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and that he asked a deputy, "Are you a Jew?" (According to who, again?)
TMZ.com, which is owned by CNN parent company Time Warner (big shocker there, huh?), also reported that different versions of the police report exist, and that Gibson's profanity-laced tirade was removed from the original report, which was filed by the arresting deputy. (Reported by who, again?)
Asked about the report that the 50-year-old actor made anti-Semitic remarks, Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said, "The job of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department is not to focus on what he said or didn't say, but to establish his blood-alcohol level and concentrate on the facts. We do not investigate on rumor and innuendo."
Gee, so according to WHO exactly did Gibson make these remarks? The deputy on duty didn't say so.
Ahhh.... but then again, Mel Gibson is sooooooo loved in Hollywood. We all saw the outpouring of affection and respect during the run of Gibson's last flick. I'm sure you heard of it. A little something called The Passion Of The Christ. It made a minor splash.
Anyhow, as I was watching MSNBC this evening, Tucker Carlson was interviewing some entertainment industry bleach-blond bubblehead, and was excitedly asking "... but is Gibson and anti-semite!!??" I swear, he must have asked it three times.
From what I've read and heard as of late, the media (especially Hollywood) is literally pissing their pants in glee over this entire episode.
I came to grips a long time ago that Calypso Louie Farrakhan hates White people. I came to grips long ago that David Duke hates Black people. I came to grips a long time ago that Bob Jones hates Catholics. As long as they're not advocating killing people or burning down churches, you know what? I don't care! Honestly... I really don't care.
Personally, I could give a damn less if Mel Gibson did ask the deputy if he was a Jew. As someone who hasn't touched booze in over 10 years, I can attest that just sometimes, people say REALLY stupid things when drunk. I mean REALLY STUPID.
But back to the main point. There's absolutely not one shred of proof that Mel Gibson said anything even resembling an "anti-Semetic" remark. But to hear the media types... than you'd think he was the guy that personally dumped the Zyklon-B into the showers.
UPDATE- 1 Aug, 2006.
Mel Gibson has apologized to "everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words".
Gibson said he's "in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display" and hopes members of the Jewish community, "whom I have personally offended," will help him in his recovery efforts.
"There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark," Gibson said.
But that isn't enough for some in the Jewish community. "We are glad that Mel Gibson has finally owned up to the fact that he made anti-Semitic remarks, and his apology sounds sincere. We welcome his efforts to repair the damage he has caused," said Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. "Once he completes his rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, we will be ready and willing to help him with his second rehabilitation to combat this disease of prejudice."
"I welcome his words. And I hope and pray that they are sincere and heartfelt," but Gibson needs to show "tangible actions" of repentance, said Rabbi Mark S. Diamond of the 280-member Board of Rabbis of Southern California.
The sheriff's deputy who arrested Gibson said Monday he feels badly that the star's reputation has been damaged but he hopes Gibson will think twice before drinking and driving again.
"I don't take pride in hurting Mr. Gibson," Deputy James Mee told The Associated Press during an interview outside his home.
Mee, who is Jewish, said he didn't take Gibson's remarks seriously.
"That stuff is booze talking," the deputy said.
You know... if Deputy Mee can forgive and forget, then why can't Foxman and Diamond?