It seems Mel Gibson’s mouth is its own Lethal Weapon. He played an incredibly convincing guy that was on the edge of sanity along with his cop partner played by Danny Glover. But the real Gibson seems more off his rocker than the character Riggs.
In 2006, an inebriated Mel went off on a cop in an antisemitic rant. Gibson apologized and blamed alcoholism on the remarks. The public forgave him and in a poll only 6% said they would not see him in a future movie.
Well now it seems, he has done it again. In taped conversations, Gibson is heard telling baby mama Oksana:
“You look like a f—ing pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n—-rs, it will be your fault.”
Will those who rushed to defend him three years ago be back? Will other’s jump on the bandwagon to call for his excommunication from the Hollywood community? Thoughts?
Oddly enough, I don’t feel that Mel intended his words to be for public consumption. I think anybody will say anything in the privacy of their own home. You figure, who’s gonna hear you except for the person you’re talking to?
Sure, he said something foul, but he didn’t know we were gonna find out. I’m sure a lot of us have said something in our living room that would kill us if it ever got out. 😀
I agree, he didn’t intend for his words to be for public consumption. However I completely disagree that anybody will say anything in the privacy of their own home.
I never heard an ‘n” bomb dropped in my house every growing up and when it comes to race, I have no problems with my private views made public b/c I have nothing to be embarrassed about unlike Gibson.
Also, there is a pattern. It’s not an isolated incident.
The question is does his work supercede his beliefs. Are we still able to have a willing suspension of disbelief?
I’m not sure if we can still have a suspension of disbelief. To be honest, I haven’t watched a movie of his all the way through since Lethal Weapon, but I don’t think he’s a bad actor, just has questionable tastes in movie projects.
At this point, he really needs to go far away and drop off the grid for a few years. Maybe by then, people will be able to separate Mel Gibson the actor, from Mel Gibson the twit.
And I believe anybody will say anything in the privacy of their own home, because home is the one place where you can act like a jerk and get away with it.
Problem is with this situation, that a lot of people are gonna treat it like its serious news, and thats because the person is a celebrity.
It happened with Alec Baldwin (voice mail to his daughter) and he did a small mea culpa.
It happened with Duane Chapman (private phone conversation taped by his son), and he did a major mea culpa (after his t.v. show was suspended for a while).
This will eventually blow over, becuase after all, this is only fluff news, and when another celebrity comes around to do something infantile, Mel Gibson will be shoved onto the back burner.
“At this point, he really needs to go far away and drop off the grid for a few years.”
Actually I think this year he is supposed to do his first starring role in several years so that might be hard.
“that a lot of people are gonna treat it like its serious news, and thats because the person is a celebrity”
Which is sad that celebs are held up to higher scrutiny but at the same time they seem to be held to a lower standard as well and things they do, you or I couldn’t and still get away with it. So which is preferred?
First starring role, eh? Probably won’t be seeing it for a few years (I’m like that with most movies). Well, good luck to whoever will be producing him.
An evil catch-22.
My house isn’t a place where you can say anything, either. It always surprises me that that people think it’s OK to treat the people they love worse than anyone else.
As for suspension of belief, there’s none for me. I couldn’t watch Woody Allen for years after his outing and I forgave Mel after awhile for his antisemitic rant, but now this? My $10 ticket may not be a lot, but I don’t want to contribute to his financial gain. Not any more.
Good to see you here Pam.
I couldn’t watch Woody Allen for years either…mainly because the only thing he has done that I ever found remotely funny was Sleeper.
I would never try to defend the indefensible, but they truth is I don’t really care. I don’t harbor the illusion that because I see these people playing roles I somehow know them and have been betrayed. Yes, he’s a racist scumbag. Would that prevent me from watching a movie? Is the movie good?
I’m pretty sure that Alec Baldwin is a horrible father and Woody Allen is pretty much a pervert, but they both do manage to make me laugh.
If we lived in some kind of Orwellian future where we all lived under the scrutiny that celebrities do, and you felt you could only patronize good people… imagine how hard it would be to find a plumber, or contractor, or accountant, or dentist or…anything.
I agree we are waaaaaay into the private business of celebrities but as I mentioned before which would you rather have.
More privacy but don’t easily get away with mistakes (regular folk)
Less privacy but get away with mistakes time and time again (celebs) – Ok with the exception of Michael Richards..ha
I don’t see my suspension of disbelief being strong enough to see Mel play Harvey Milk or Oscar Schindler though.
Mel Gibson is a tosser. I don’t care what he says in the privacy of his own home, he’ll always be a total tosser.
I really need to use the term “tosser” more often.
Aye, Aye! and a Wanker too.
I think you got something there. He is an excellent actor, but I think he is also completely bonkers. La loony bin my be his future home.
Or at least “rehab”.
Oh Mel. He’s always got that drunken glaze over his eyes now, too.
How can you see? I drew him with his back to you.
Mel Gibson has always been a fruitcake (like his dad). I don’t know how his wife put up with him for so long. I would say that was simply karma bitch slapping him all the way back to his confessional box, where he’ll get on his knees, confess his sins, be forgiven and be back to being a sexist, racist, discriminatory pig 🙂
Psst Great Danny Glover by the way Bearman.
Thanks. Took my an hour of sketching before I got something even close to being what I wanted. I really need someone to buy me a tablet so I can draw when I am on the go.
Hmm, I hear Susi Spice is loaded 🙂
Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuusi… oh suuuuuuuusiiiiii? Where are you??
Actually I heard that too but I thought it just meant she was drunk.
or owns a gun!!!
haha—love it Bearman, very funny. The picture of Glover is oustanding!
Thanks Ron. Most people it all comes down to eyes and nose placement. For him it didn’t look right until I actually played with his jaw line.
Next thing you know he’ll be trash talking the mutants…then Magneto will be after him!
Magneto is already after him for the Holocaust denial. Wait that was his dad.
I don’t know about the rest of the world, but the rantings of a Hollywood celebrity have absolutely no value to my world. For an opinion to matter, one has to care and Hollywood only has my attention in the form of a good movie or TV show.
If a movie Mel Gibson is in is of interest to me, I’ll go and watch it. The fact that he may be a Jew hating, minority insulting, woman loathing basket case effects me how? In the scheme of the world, how does him disliking jews or blacks really matter? I’m sure all those groups he’s ranted against will get along just fine regardless of what idiotic words spew from his half baked noggin.
The question is, can he act?? I say yes and thats really all I care about when I spend my half my mortgage payment for a movie and popcorn! o.O
I would “assume” those that know Mel, know whether his rants have valid undertones of truth and if they do, I am sure they would be re-evaluating whether that kind of behavior is something they wish to befriend.
As for the rest of us, I have to ask you, why would you even remotely care?!? Unless you have a personal relationship with the man, who gives a flying f**** what he has to say unless it’s in a script?
“I have to ask you, why would you even remotely care?!? Unless you have a personal relationship with the man, who gives a flying f**** what he has to say unless it’s in a script?”
Because right or wrong celebrities (whether actors, sports stars, politicians or Hiltons) are held up as role models. Some revel in it and actually try to garner more attention for themselves.
People love seeing the underdog make good but only to the extent that jealousy comes into play and then people love seeing those on top fall to the bottom.
As I said before “I don’t see my suspension of disbelief being strong enough to see Mel play Harvey Milk or Oscar Schindler though.”
I think the problem lies within the fact that people look to celebrities as “role models” to begin with. Celebrity in the modern era is really more about shock value, than it is anything positive for anyone to take seriously. At the end of the day, we all put on and take off our underwear in the same fashion, one leg at a time! Unless of course you’re Madonna, Brittney, or lady hose bag Gaga, who go around flashing their ho-ho’s to anyone who’ll look at their crusty center!
I have to question the mental intellect of any person who qualifies “Hollywood” as a moral garden for role models. They are really nothing more than a circus act that rolls through to entertain, but in modern society, it’s both their profession and personal life obligation to put on a show.
I’d be more likely to be blown away by meeting the person who figured out that heavy cream, butter fat, sugar and a freezer could make that thing we all love, all scream for, the icey cream! However, I would fear meeting Kirstie Alley while eating some! o.O
OMG…”Crusty Center” evokes way too much gross out for me.
And by the way some of us can put our underwear on both feet at a time.
Ha,ha,ha that’s some good material.
It is funny that you put Danny Glover in there because people still watch him in movies after his public support of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. I’ve had to separate movie lives and private lives a long time ago if I am going to try and enjoy a movie. ICE CUBE sang about N’s and big D#@*$ in people’s rears but I still watched Are We there yet.
I am trying to think of a movie Danny Glover has been made in the last 5 years and I am going blank.
Great line about Ice Cube.
IMDB says since 06, he has been in 36 different roles. Dreamgirls, Be Kind Rewind, and Death at a Funeral to name a few…
Looking back the last movie he was in that I SAW was SAW
Classic line. Just to be clear – I mean Danny Glover. 🙂
Classic line from the LW series along with “they fuck you over in the drive thru”
that is in fact the most awesome straight jacket i’ve seen today.
You hang out in straight jacket comic forums or something..hahah…thanks
Nice toon Bear, I see nursie already used ‘tosser,’ so I’ll have to go with A-hole.
Like you use “tosser” any more than I do.
I may use it more often now. 😉
Mel G. is an asshole.
Mel G? What do you have against the spice girls…haha
Love the Danny Glover, Bearman (looks awesome)!
It sure was a challenge for me to type these comments in my straight jacket (completely unrelated reason for wearing it though – I’m a little nuts, but I mean well)! 🙂
I thought you were chimp like and could type with your feet.
I could care less.
I don’t think an actor’s personal life should influence your decision to see a movie or play. It’s ACTING. It’s NOT real.
That seems to be the opinion of many respondents here.
I have to agree with Scott, here. They have this term for fiction stories, television and cinema called “passive media”, whereas we are disconnected except for pure entertainment value. Except for images recorded or sent out over the waves, I will never have anything to do with Gibson. He’s no different than a painting. The only mega star I ever met and talked with was the late Paul Newman, who seemed to be extremely open, classy, and thought my daughter was an angel. Now I deliver the mail to his “Hole in the Wall” camp for terminally ill children (another sign of his great heart). Weird, huh? What they did or do behind closed doors; who knows? Life is wacked, Bearman. I love your post, and the weird or even bad stuff celebrities do is undeniably entertaining. You gotta wonder how much the celebrity life changes them? Why can one be so giving and “get it”, while one joins the dark side? Perhaps Dave Hambo knows . . . I certainly don’t. Or won’t worry about it for now. Passive media!
I think what helps many actors make it big is the same thing that can be their downfall. EGO.
Your comment about it being entertaining struck a nerve b/c my wife won’t read the National Enquirer or OK Magazine calling them trash rags but if it is printed in People, then it is gospel. We’ll see what this week’s issue has in it.
Good points, Bearman. Great blog. I’ll be checking out the awsome ‘toons.
He’s a pud-whacking butt-munching bigoted racist alcoholic dick weed.
And those are just the clean words.
But I have enjoyed many of his films.
Bird on a Wire was your favorite right??
Actually, I think the second Mad Max movie was the highlight of his career.
Everything from that point was a step downward.
I can’t remember…was that the one with Tina Turner?
Mell has gotten kinda bad with his commenting latley. Mabey he should duct tape his moth and lock himself in the basement for the rest of his life.
Isolation only breeds more ignorance.
If Danny Glover only knew then, what we know now, he would have been very justified in “good cop, bad cop.”
So how would Mel feel about African-American jews? Man, he must hate Rod Carew!
I know, I know, Rod has never formally converted.
But Sammy Davis did.
haha…love it, very funny.
Most of the time I have no idea what kind of personality an actor has in real life, only how well they can act. But Mel has forced us to see him and it isn’t pretty. Too bad, I used to love his movies.