Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Protocols of the Elder of Gibson

So, not only is Mel Gibson a hypocrite of the first order, he's also a confirmed sexist anti-Semite (those are two separate conditions, mind—he hates Jews of both genders). Is anyone even remotely surprised?

The former Sexiest Man Alive is a hypocrite because he cares oh so much about fetuses and embryos and the perfect redeeming love of Christ, but that won't stop him from tying one on and cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway two sheets to the wind, thus showing his utter lack of concern for the lives of actual living people (and don't these fetalphiliacs have this problem a little too often for it to be mere coincidence?).

By Hitler's beard, I'm no anti-Semite!

The other two charges come from, who have been on this story from the beginning. Their latest missive about poor Mel contains the sordid details of his arrest, which were originally swept under the rug by an official statement that said his collar for drunk driving happened "without incident".

Not so much.

In addition to threatening the arresting officer by telling him that he was going to "f**k" him (metaphorically, one hopes), Mad Max actually made an escape attempt and, once he was dragged into the police station for booking, called a female police sergeant "sugar tits". They never said he was the classiest man alive.

The worst and most telling detail from the TMZ report (and one that is backed up with an exclusive copy of the arresting officer's original report), is that the dirtbag Gibson went on an anti-Semitic tirade at the scene of his arrest, saying, "F**king Jews...The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"

When he sobered up, Gibson issued a conciliatory statement which claimed, "I said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said."

Bullshit. Well, maybe the "sugar tits" line, but otherwise, bullshit.

Gibson has skated around the anti-Semite label for some time now, but this outburst seals the deal and confirms what most observant people have known for some time now. His docudrama/horror flick The Passion of the Christ dredged up the old blood libel that casts the Jews as Christ-killers. At the time he claimed he was only being true to the source material. Again, bullshit.

Gibson is an adherent of Traditionalist Catholicism, which rejects the Second Vatican Council as heresy. His father, Hutton Gibson, is a "theologian" in this extremist sect. Gibson pere is a well-known holocaust denier who believes that Vatican II was actually an anti-Catholic plot by Masons and Jews.

Now, of course, Gibson is not his father. Certainly he must disown these bigoted beliefs. Here's what Katha Pollitt had to say in her review of The Passion:
Mel Gibson has not only not dissociated himself from his father's views but indirectly affirmed them ("The man never lied to me in his life," he told Peggy Noonan in Reader's Digest; pressed to affirm that the Holocaust was real, he replied that many people died in World War II and some were Jews—the classic Holocaust-revisionist two-step).
Mel may claim that he was just drunk and said some things that he didn't mean, but I don't believe him. Does anybody at this point?

He's a little scary looking these days, but he may still have a shot at the title of Sexiest Anti-Semite Alive. You've seen Ahmadinejad.

(n.b. my clever title is actually a slightly augmented version of the one I stole from Katha Pollitt, whose Nation article I quote above.)
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