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Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

I get up every morning as the golden fingers of dawn reach through my window and check Twitter to see what new torment is in store. Usually, by 6:30, I’ve become enraged at the day’s outrage. But lately, as I read the Deadline headline, “Mel Gibson in Talks to Direct Lethal Weapon 5,” I felt more amusement than rage.

Gibson is a notorious anti-Semite (anti-Semite is too mild). His prejudices have a long history. Therefore, I want to know what a guy has to do nowadays in order to get put on Hollywood’s no-fly list. I play characters on stage. I usually accept the jobs that are offered to me. However, you couldn’t pay me enough to work with Mel Gibson—and it pains to say this.

I adore the Lethal Weapon films right now (at least the first few). Danny Glover is also a gem. Gibson, but? Yes, he is a gifted individual. Many evil individuals create amazing art. I’m a die-hard supporter of Edith Wharton, Pablo Picasso, and Roald Dahl; I just can’t get enough of what they’re selling. But these three had the moral courage to pass away. That makes it much simpler to appreciate their work. Gibson is alive. And Tinseltown doesn’t have to keep using him.

If Gibson is given the opportunity to once again helm the newest entry in this cherished series, it might be time to stop writing articles about the influence of “cancel culture.” Because if he can keep raking in large cash and endorsement from Hollywood, cancel culture will never actually exist.

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

My father would remark that Gibson’s political views are somewhere to the right of Ramses’ (check out YouTube to see Gibson saluting Donald Trump at a UFC fight). He has shouted racial and sexist epithets, and that ought to have been plenty for liberal Hollywood to cut him off. But his alleged anti-Semitism has been more blatant, open, and persistent.

I wonder whether Jews “don’t count” to Warner Bros. officials, as the comedian David Baddiel suggests in his book of the same name. This is because it doesn’t appear to affect Warner Bros. executives. British Jew Baddiel contends that “civilized” society views anti-Semitism as a marginally tolerable kind of bigotry. Most frustrating and perplexing of all, the anti-racist, progressive left frequently appears to condone and, at times, even contribute to it. The thought of how many Jews must have participated in the procedure that resulted in Warner Bros.’ declaration hurts my heart.

If it hadn’t arrived at a time when members of my tribe are feeling the walls re-close around them, this could seem like a less significant issue. Jews were the targets of more than 50% of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2017. Recent stories about the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the murder at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California, Jewish students being bullied on college campuses, and the growth of anti-Semitism in Europe make us uneasy. Is now the right time to extol someone like Mel Gibson?

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

He has indeed rejected certain allegations of anti-Semitism, such as the occasion Winona Ryder said he questioned her about being a “oven dodger” at a party. Consider me unpersuaded. This is the same person who co-wrote and directed The Passion of the Christ, a movie that, in addition to receiving the highest audience rating for an Aramaic-language film on Rotten Tomatoes (as of this writing), is a gleeful attack on my people by portraying Jews as eager Christ-killers, a libel that has been used as a justification to torture and kill Jews for two millennia.

You disagree with my analysis of the movie. Let’s examine Gibson’s arrest history now.

A fershnikit Gibson was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 after being stopped on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Gibson apparently launched into an anti-Semitic rant in the back of the police car because he believed—correctly—that his arresting officer was Jewish. Fucking Jews, said Gibson. “All wars in the world are the fault of the Jews.” Gibson later claimed that he had said things when intoxicated that he did not genuinely believe, but, seriously, in vino veritas—I once stood up at Nobu after consuming a little too much sake and remarked, “I wish I were taller!”

Let’s move on to the recording if the police report doesn’t stir your emotions.

2010 saw the public release of voicemails and phone calls between Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva, his then-girlfriend and the mother of his kid. I acknowledge that what these tapes reveal—that in addition to being a rabid anti-Semite, Gibson also harbors tremendous animosity for women and people of color in his heart—undermines my claim that anti-Semitism is somehow uniquely excusable. The worst parts involve Gibson urging Grigorieva to “Shut the fuck up! ” and “If you get raped by a group of niggers, it’ll be your fault.” Because I deserve it, you should just fucking smile and blow me!

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

You see what I mean. Let me also bring up Gibson’s “no contest” plea to Grigorieva’s domestic assault allegation from 2011.

How is it possible that Warner Bros., a Jewish-founded firm, would contemplate hiring this man once more? On the website of its parent firm, I discovered an excellent “inclusion” policy. “WarnerMedia is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as moral and business imperatives,” the statement says in part. The variety of our community and the wider world must be reflected in our staff, content, and creative partners.

Beautiful. Really. But may I respectfully advise that Warner Bros. also needs a similarly strong exclusion policy in addition to a strong inclusion strategy? What about “Don’t hire misogynistic, racist, anti-Semitic people”? Free counsel: Warner Bros. should avoid this trifecta. Want a three-pronged attack? Look for the next Donald O’Connor rather than hiring Mel Gibson!

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

And Warner Bros. is hardly the only company with a moral blind spot. Gibson will feature in a John Wick origin series for Starz and Lionsgate Television, it was reported earlier this year. How did this guy go back to being such a coveted commodity? Is it really the case that Hollywood continues to remember his box office success while recollections of his hate speech have faded?

It is undeniably true that Gibson’s hatred is primarily directed towards Jews, but it baffles me that Hollywood is equally blind to his egregious misogyny and forays into anti-Black racism. I’d prefer it if his prejudices towards Jews were the reason he was exiled, but hey, if that’s what it takes, I’m cool with that. Let him retire somewhere beautiful and reflect on his life choices with the hundreds of millions of dollars he has already made in Hollywood. The Judean Hills are reputed to be beautiful right now.

I write this with the knowledge that Joshua Malina will likely be the subject of a Warner Bros. boycott rather than Mel Gibson. But if that’s the outcome, fine. I’ve had a good career, thank God. It would be fantastic if more well-known executives, producers, and performers would also speak out. Then I might be able to accept the cancel culture I keep reading about. I might also think that Jews actually do count.

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Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

I get up every morning as the golden fingers of dawn reach through my window and check Twitter to see what new torment is in store. Usually, by 6:30, I’ve become enraged at the day’s outrage. But lately, as I read the Deadline headline, “Mel Gibson in Talks to Direct Lethal Weapon 5,” I felt more amusement than rage.

Gibson is a notorious anti-Semite (anti-Semite is too mild). His prejudices have a long history. Therefore, I want to know what a guy has to do nowadays in order to get put on Hollywood’s no-fly list. I play characters on stage. I usually accept the jobs that are offered to me. However, you couldn’t pay me enough to work with Mel Gibson—and it pains to say this.

I adore the Lethal Weapon films right now (at least the first few). Danny Glover is also a gem. Gibson, but? Yes, he is a gifted individual. Many evil individuals create amazing art. I’m a die-hard supporter of Edith Wharton, Pablo Picasso, and Roald Dahl; I just can’t get enough of what they’re selling. But these three had the moral courage to pass away. That makes it much simpler to appreciate their work. Gibson is alive. And Tinseltown doesn’t have to keep using him.

If Gibson is given the opportunity to once again helm the newest entry in this cherished series, it might be time to stop writing articles about the influence of “cancel culture.” Because if he can keep raking in large cash and endorsement from Hollywood, cancel culture will never actually exist.

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

My father would remark that Gibson’s political views are somewhere to the right of Ramses’ (check out YouTube to see Gibson saluting Donald Trump at a UFC fight). He has shouted racial and sexist epithets, and that ought to have been plenty for liberal Hollywood to cut him off. But his alleged anti-Semitism has been more blatant, open, and persistent.

I wonder whether Jews “don’t count” to Warner Bros. officials, as the comedian David Baddiel suggests in his book of the same name. This is because it doesn’t appear to affect Warner Bros. executives. British Jew Baddiel contends that “civilized” society views anti-Semitism as a marginally tolerable kind of bigotry. Most frustrating and perplexing of all, the anti-racist, progressive left frequently appears to condone and, at times, even contribute to it. The thought of how many Jews must have participated in the procedure that resulted in Warner Bros.’ declaration hurts my heart.

If it hadn’t arrived at a time when members of my tribe are feeling the walls re-close around them, this could seem like a less significant issue. Jews were the targets of more than 50% of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2017. Recent stories about the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh, the murder at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California, Jewish students being bullied on college campuses, and the growth of anti-Semitism in Europe make us uneasy. Is now the right time to extol someone like Mel Gibson?

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

He has indeed rejected certain allegations of anti-Semitism, such as the occasion Winona Ryder said he questioned her about being a “oven dodger” at a party. Consider me unpersuaded. This is the same person who co-wrote and directed The Passion of the Christ, a movie that, in addition to receiving the highest audience rating for an Aramaic-language film on Rotten Tomatoes (as of this writing), is a gleeful attack on my people by portraying Jews as eager Christ-killers, a libel that has been used as a justification to torture and kill Jews for two millennia.

You disagree with my analysis of the movie. Let’s examine Gibson’s arrest history now.

A fershnikit Gibson was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 after being stopped on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Gibson apparently launched into an anti-Semitic rant in the back of the police car because he believed—correctly—that his arresting officer was Jewish. Fucking Jews, said Gibson. “All wars in the world are the fault of the Jews.” Gibson later claimed that he had said things when intoxicated that he did not genuinely believe, but, seriously, in vino veritas—I once stood up at Nobu after consuming a little too much sake and remarked, “I wish I were taller!”

Let’s move on to the recording if the police report doesn’t stir your emotions.

2010 saw the public release of voicemails and phone calls between Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva, his then-girlfriend and the mother of his kid. I acknowledge that what these tapes reveal—that in addition to being a rabid anti-Semite, Gibson also harbors tremendous animosity for women and people of color in his heart—undermines my claim that anti-Semitism is somehow uniquely excusable. The worst parts involve Gibson urging Grigorieva to “Shut the fuck up! ” and “If you get raped by a group of niggers, it’ll be your fault.” Because I deserve it, you should just fucking smile and blow me!

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

You see what I mean. Let me also bring up Gibson’s “no contest” plea to Grigorieva’s domestic assault allegation from 2011.

How is it possible that Warner Bros., a Jewish-founded firm, would contemplate hiring this man once more? On the website of its parent firm, I discovered an excellent “inclusion” policy. “WarnerMedia is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as moral and business imperatives,” the statement says in part. The variety of our community and the wider world must be reflected in our staff, content, and creative partners.

Beautiful. Really. But may I respectfully advise that Warner Bros. also needs a similarly strong exclusion policy in addition to a strong inclusion strategy? What about “Don’t hire misogynistic, racist, anti-Semitic people”? Free counsel: Warner Bros. should avoid this trifecta. Want a three-pronged attack? Look for the next Donald O’Connor rather than hiring Mel Gibson!

Mel Gibson Controversy: Why does Hollywood keep on employing this violent anti-Semite?

And Warner Bros. is hardly the only company with a moral blind spot. Gibson will feature in a John Wick origin series for Starz and Lionsgate Television, it was reported earlier this year. How did this guy go back to being such a coveted commodity? Is it really the case that Hollywood continues to remember his box office success while recollections of his hate speech have faded?

It is undeniably true that Gibson’s hatred is primarily directed towards Jews, but it baffles me that Hollywood is equally blind to his egregious misogyny and forays into anti-Black racism. I’d prefer it if his prejudices towards Jews were the reason he was exiled, but hey, if that’s what it takes, I’m cool with that. Let him retire somewhere beautiful and reflect on his life choices with the hundreds of millions of dollars he has already made in Hollywood. The Judean Hills are reputed to be beautiful right now.

I write this with the knowledge that Joshua Malina will likely be the subject of a Warner Bros. boycott rather than Mel Gibson. But if that’s the outcome, fine. I’ve had a good career, thank God. It would be fantastic if more well-known executives, producers, and performers would also speak out. Then I might be able to accept the cancel culture I keep reading about. I might also think that Jews actually do count.

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