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Someone is going to actually defend Mel Gibson's comments on the Jews? What the hell is wrong with this Digger guy?

Well first of all, yes, I am going to state a defense and understanding of Mel Gibson's comments. Before I do so I will state that I don't agree with his comments. If you want to think I'm a Jew-hater for defending his comments then so be it, but please read my defense before you slam me on the headline alone.

First, let's get the facts of the incident straight. Mel Gibson was pulled over on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in the LA area for suspected driving under the influence (DUI). During the ticketing Gibson went off on a tirade and actually tried to flee the scene and after being apprehended and put in the back of a cop car was slamming his head against the seat.

Here's the details from TMZ.com

The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, "My life is f****d." Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated. As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside. Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it. The report says Gibson then said, "I'm not going to get in your car," and bolted to his car. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.


Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me."

The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"


We're told Gibson took two blood alcohol tests, which were videotaped, and continued saying how "f****d" he was and how he was going to "f***" Deputy Mee.

TMZ also goes on about how there was a cover up of the incident within the department report. I'm not going to get into that though.

Obviously Mel Gibson was pissed. Also it's quite obvious he was drunk. I'd also suggest that Mel has been under some pressure for some reason. Most people don't just fly off the handle unless the pressure's been building for awhile. Whether this is due to business or personal life issues, I could really care less.

I will only tackle the defense of his anti-Semitic comments though.

Ever since before the Passion of the Christ began filming Mel Gibson has been the continued target of Jewish activist groups. Before the movie was even "in the can" they were calling him an anti-Semite and barraging him, his family and his friends with outrageous comments and inserting themselves into his personal and professional life. They have done this not only with boycotts of his films but picketing and general harassment at every turn.

Since the release of the Passion of the Christ I'm sure this has not let up by some heavy activists. For anyone this would weigh on their mind. It's hard to ignore having a group in your face without eventually getting a little paranoid and angry at the group targeting you. Gibson has been particularly angry at those who focus on his father, a holocaust denier. I'm sure the activism against him has only increased recently since Gibson has been working on a movie about the holocaust.

Now into this we throw some alcohol and personal or professional problems. What you end up with is a Gibson who reaches his breaking point and lashes out at all those he sees bringing these problems onto him, the police, the Jews, the media and the world in general. I find it totally understandable as a man.

Is Mel Gibson an anti-Semite? Does he really hate Jews? I don't think so. I think he sees them as his bane over the past few years with the controversial movies he's been working on and it just came out in an angry tirade at the situation he found himself.

As for my opinion of Mel Gibson? In the end I haven't liked any of Mel Gibson's movies since his Mad Max days. I've seen the Passion of the Christ and found it unappealing. Who wants to sit through 2 hours of a man being beaten to a pulp? I saw it all for real when I went to Christian school as a youth and they re-enacted it all with real play actors, even putting the guy up on the cross. So it wasn't really my thing and neither was What Women Want.

But beyond my opinion of his work, most of us out here forget the pressures of being famous. Most of us wouldn't last as long as Mel Gibson has in dealing with the constant attention. Waking up and seeing 50 people taking your picture everyday when you just want to take a walk at a park or hounding your family. Everyone always looking to catch you in the worst possible light or with the worst possible quote so that they can get their lead or start gossip. There is almost no other position on this Earth that is as pressure filled as being in the public eye 24/7.

Do I feel bad for him? Hell no! These people have chosen this path. They have continued to remain in the public eye. They could retire and get out of the spotlight, but they remain in it. Mel Gibson has enough money to retire forever and remove himself from this pressure, but he chooses to remain.

So understanding why someone would lash out at the Jews unless they really were an anti-Semite is a hard conclusion to make for most, but when you look at Mel Gibson over the past few years and really put yourself in his shoes -- with the constant attacks on him by these activist groups -- it's just a little more understandable on why he would make any comments including them at all.

Does that make it right? Of course not! Do I agree with him? Of course not! Is it defendable? I think so and that's why I've stated my case for him.

Mel Gibson issued an apology for his comments and attributed his actions to alcoholism.

What do you think? Is Mel Gibson justified in his anger or is he simply an anti-Semite who has hidden it well for over 30 years and is just now letting it show? Comment below.

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Posted by Digger on August 1, 2006 01:27 AM (Permalink)

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I can't disagree with your analysis, but, and this is a rather large posterior, there is the whole dad thang.

Posted by: Jake Jacobsen on August 1, 2006 03:09 AM

Jake...as far as the "whole dad thang" comment, I guess then you would tell Svetlana Stalin, upon her defection from the U.S.S.R. to the United States in 1967, that "hey sweetheart, we'd love to have ya, but there's the whole dad thang..."

And then when Castro's daughter took off from that island and came to the U.S., we'd be better off telling her, "hey, welcome conchita, but you're dad's a tool, so, sorry."

I am a Mel Gibson fan. I am proud of his refusal to not be silent about his political and religious beliefs in "Hollywood" without fear of backlash. The man stuck it to them with his incredible bankroll from "Passion" when all the Hollywood Libs were laughing at him. And really, isn't that, in that business, what it's all about anyway?

Per his DUI picture...it was a shitload better than liberal Nolte's ecstacy picture....

I don't care two chits if he's anti-semite, anti-trout fishing, anti-driving on the other side of the road. He does for me what I expect him too. For me, he does his job. He entertains me in his movies.

I hate Henry, Peter and Jane Fonda's political beliefs, yet I still enjoy their movies (some). I don't like Tim Roberts or Susan Surandon's politics but I dig "Bull Durham".

I'm trying to come up with a nice thing to say about Alec Baldwin's movies as opposed to his politics, but actually I think his movies and acting stink worse than his politics.

I am hopeful, however, that the perception of the movie industry is indeed changing as there seem to be more and more big name stars who are recently willing to, and publicly stating that, they are Republicans and are proud to support the party and the President. They include...

Gene Hackman. Clint. Robert Duvall. James Earl Jones. Kelsey Grammer. John Malcovich. Danny Aiello. Ted Nugent. Chuck Norris. Arnold. Joe Pesci. Kurt Russell, etc, etc, etc. There are SO many HUGE entertainment stars and powerhouses who are Republicans who actually still make $ and good movies (what's Bab's done in 20 years? What's Baldwin really ever done and what has Nolte done in 10 years that didn't involve X?) Why oh why do the GOPer's in the entertainment industry believe they can't tell the public, "I'm a Republican."

Note to those in the entertainment industry who are Republicans who might be reading this...there are more of us in the country spending money than there are of them.

Posted by: RealRepublican1854 on August 2, 2006 02:34 AM

"A contrite and ashamed Mel Gibson learns up close and in person how ugly Jewish liberals can get." I saw this great article and I wanted to pass it on. Read it here:

Posted by: Dallas on August 2, 2006 10:23 PM

I honestly think that Mel Gibson is anti-Zionist, and not an anti-Semite. Only this is a hard concept to understand for some especially to try and comprehend or articulate when drunk. One could easily mistake Zionism for the Jewish people as a whole, considering that Zionism on a whole is made up largely of Jewish people. It’s a simple mistake, of a complex issue, not very easy to articulate.

However the truth of the matter is this Zionism is the leading cause of anti-Semitism, and this largely has to do with the fact that Zionism is mimicking the definition of Nazism, which is essentially as simple as racist expansionism. If you don’t believe me look up the definition of Nazism.

Posted by: Casey Cobb on August 3, 2006 07:17 AM

On Mel Gibson:
So what, the man has just said what was on his mind and it took a couple of drinks to bring it out. Take away all religions and there would be no more problems. History tells it all about wars and religion and there is nothing there to be proud of at all.The only thing that will end this world will be religion.

Posted by: Neville Dobbs on August 4, 2006 11:25 PM

What is wrong about telling the truth? What Mel said is just true. Why do we have to turn around this whole deal and crucify him for saying what he did. I would like to see a jew denying what Mel said about jews in public.

And in fact I agree with him.

Posted by: Alberto Elizondo on August 5, 2006 11:34 PM

yup but what is terrible is how Mel's comments caused so much outrage in this country but Bill Maher who has uttered countless sexist comments towards women, that is always overlooked and ignored.

Posted by: Mike on December 22, 2008 03:29 AM

I don't think he is anti-semitic. The whole thing got blown way out of proportion (as it often happens in America) because he is famous. He was very drunk that is clear. People say lots of crap when they are drunk. Do I think he would discriminate someone just because he is jewish, no! He just was talking rubbish as he was drunk, and he was drunk because that's the way he chose to deal with the pressures in his life. I think it's quite understandable why he did what he did and said what he said. I bet he probably didn't even remember saying it! LOL! Mel you better stay off the alcohol, it does you no good :)

Posted by: Martina on April 14, 2009 03:38 PM

I think you have made good points and have a solid defense of Mel Gibson. I think he really got caught in on the wrong place, at the wrong time and dealt with that terrible situation in the worst possible way. It was almost like he fell into a Jewish booby trap. He got an overwhelming OK from the Hollywood community and various religous leaders before and after the release of The Passion of the Christ. That still didn't convince Jewish people from harassing him for months after the film with death threats, public denounciations, etc. Mel looked the other way and didn't even rub the fact that The Passion became the 12th highest grossing film of all time in their faces. There must have not been a lot of people in the world that saw the hate and anti-semitism in the film like it's detractors did.
The 2006 DUI incident was simply unfortunate and Mel has had to do a ridiculous amount of patchwork to fix things. Hell it is yet to be determined if he will be accepted as an actor agian but it is safe to say he will still direct. If Mel didn't say the bad things about the Jews in the back of the cop car, the incident would have been much more underplayed and slapped as another DUI, nothing more. But Mel fell into the trap and snapped, blaming the Jews for everything that went wrong to his arresting officer (who was Jewish and presumably was harsher with Mel than he needed to be)
Bottom line is, Mel was never anti-semetic. It took years of unwarranted harrasement against him to even lash out, but it happened and that is unfortunate because before it happened Mel could literally do no wrong in Hollywood. For the negative experiences with many Jewish folks, I dont doubt that perhaps Mel developed some form of anti-semitism as a result of his experiences. But one must remember that a lot of his close personal business associates are Jews. Either way, Mel got screwed and not enough people know the truth. All they see is "crazy ole Mel" when the truth is he was methodically coaxed into lashing out against Jewish people.

Posted by: Andy on July 22, 2009 08:25 PM

I agree with your analysis completely. I actually thought of the exact same thing when I heard the whole story of his arrest. I have always been a Mel fan and was saddened to hear that he'd started drinking again. I think that when he is himself he is probably a very nice man but when alcohol gets into the mix it makes him stupid as it does most people. I completely disagree with his comments about Jews but I can see how in a drunken stupor he might have uttered those things. I believe that due to the harrassment he has been under from Jewish activists since The Passion that it was no wonder that he said those things. He has probably been feeling much resentment towards these activists (not all Jewish people - as he has had many Jewish friends) and while under the influence all that anger came out. I only wish he had be a wiser fellow and stayed away from the booze. He wouldn't have gotten into trouble at all if he'd been smarter and left the bottle alone. I still love Mel and though I probably shouldn't - I feel sorry for him because of the choices he's made in his life. :o(

Posted by: Mischellene Ball on November 1, 2009 11:07 PM

Mel Gibson is an equal opportunity hater. He hates Jews. He hates Blacks. He hates Latinos. He hates Gays. He hates Women. He's a Muthafucken hater who's career is now over. Fuck the pig.

Posted by: SPIKE DAWG on July 11, 2010 07:05 PM

According to my experience Mel Gibson is anti Zionist but not anti-semine. Its difficult to under this concept.

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