Tuesday, August 01, 2006

ABC Shoahs Mel the Door

By Daniel Gale-Grogen

Following Mel Gibson's reported anti-Jewish tirade during a drunk driving arrest, ABC has now canceled a miniseries it had in development with Gibson's production company, Icon, about -- get this -- the Holocaust.

According to the Time-Warner-owned entertainorazzi site TMZ.com, Gibson was pulled over last Friday and blew .12 into the hose, which meant he was drunk enough for himself and half of Danny Glover. But it was his slurry epithets spewed at law enforcement officers that launched the star of Max Max, The Year of Living Dangerously and especially Tequila Sunrise and Conspiracy Theory from his status as "Opus Dei member and son-of-an-Anti-Semite" to "David Duke with a SAG card."

Here are some highlights from the TMZ.com account by L.A. County Deputy James Mee:

"Fucking Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?"

"You motherfucker. I'm going to fuck you."

And, of course, this classic, directed at a female officer:

"What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?"

You'd think Mel would have learned that that's not What Women Want. At any rate, now the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC, has pulled Gibson's miniseries based on a World War II memoir by a Dutch Jew. In a statement, the company said the project had been in development for two years and no script had been delivered, so it was canceling the miniseries. Which, of course, had nothing to do with Gibson's alleged statements.

Strangely enough, Gibson is also the executive producer of "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man." Does he know?

Today, Gibson issued a statement saying "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 on a D-U-I charge."

"I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith."

Well said, sugar tits. Apparently, the standard for bigotry is higher for a man who claimed, according to the deputy, that he "owns Malibu."


At 3:26 PM, Anonymous turtle said...

Now get this quote:

"I'm not just asking for forgiveness," Gibson said. "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."

Which is exactly what he did with the gay community after the Braveheart fiasco. Did this guy miss the week of sensitivity training or something?

If he's not careful he's liable to surpass Michael Jackson as our favorite nut-job celeb. Don't forget, The Man Without a Face was an unapologetic Danish pedophile novel before Gibson neutered it for the screen and cast Nick Stahl as his romantic interest.

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel if your are lucky enough to have guest worker rights at "Cutting to the Chase" you might want to come up with a new topic. Mel has been squashed like a gnat already. New topic please.

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Red Dirt said...

Well, I'll squash that gnat a bit more.

In recalling my college roommate who seemed to turn into a different and very scary person whenever he drank, I came across some web references to "pathological intoxication" -- a psychiatric term for a condition that seems to afflict some normally nice people when they drink. Recently, it looks like the term was removed from psychiatric diagnostics, but there's still debate about whether the phenomenon is real.

Apparently, when these individuals -- who are usually prone to alcoholism -- imbibe amounts of drink that wouldn't tend to make most people drunk, they turn into raging, irrational, and very hateful people -- almost complete opposites of their sober personalities. Anecdotal evidence suggests these individuals, men and women alike, will become quite paranoid and say all sorts of vile, hurtful things about loved ones, acquaintances or complete strangers when even slightly intoxicated, and then claim no memory of it later.

Apparently, "pathological intoxication" has even been used as a criminal defense, akin to temporary insanity.

Anyone know or care to weigh in on the merit of this so-called condition? Having experienced something like this with my old roommate, I can attest that the phenomenon seemed real in his case.

Incidentally, I now read this evening that a Rabbi in LA has asked Gibson to speak at a Yom Kippur event as an act of atonement....

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous flamewhore said...

The only thing that will save Gibson at this time is to become a Scientologist and get some help at NARCANON. I will sure miss the "piling on" when this story is no longer hot.

On a serious note, whatever the reason he ran his mouth off, Mel should take responsibility and not blame it on booze, mental illness or his dad. He lives in America and has free-will as far as I am concerned. The only thing hurting Mel Gibson is his Super Ego.

At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Martin Riggs said...

Hey Anonymous, how's this for a new topic? "Mealy, diaper rash-suffering whiners who complain without even bothering to come up with a perfectly good pseudonym?"

At 8:26 AM, Anonymous Roger Murtaugh said...

I'm too old for this shit.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Riggs (if that's your real name) It's not a diaper rash, it's hemorroids from sitting here waiting to see something new happen.

Anonymous to the nth degree


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