Ed Gorman: Way back in the eighties I stayed up for some reason and watched Carson. On came Mel Gibson. Previously I'd only seen him on a movie screen. A few minutes with him and I realized here was a prime asshole. He exuded assholishness the way Matthew Machonohay exudes stupidity (go on you tube and watch Matt Damon's parody of walking down the street with dim bulb Matthew). Then we hear about his old man's anti-Semetic "Old'fashioned" Catholic church (you have to score at least a 95 on the hate-o-meter to get in) and then of course he blames Jews for all the wars (which came as news to a lot of historians) and now...well old Mel swung for the fences and scored. He offended SEVERAL groups of people this time. Now I'd be hypocritical if I didn't admit that I too have spoken harshly to women in moments of anger...but ole Mel spoke for wife beaters everywhere when he threatened to a) blow up the house and b) wished his wife to be raped by a gang of black guys. Mel you've got quite the imagination--you should be in the movies. Anyway this is from The Film Blog of The Guardian (UK):
The Film Blog:
Could Mel Gibson's latest controversy end his career?
The actor's alleged sexist and racist outburst may end a career that has only just got back on track. But Hollywood has a history of forgiving almost anything – as long as you pull in an audience
War of words ... Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson in 2009. Photograph: Jeff Vespa/WireImage
A cartoon in a recent edition of the New Yorker shows a man walking down the street in a business-like manner, talking into his phone. "I can squeeze you in between my public apology and my book deal," he says. The gap between opprobrium and opportunity can appear vanishingly small these days – a symptom, perhaps, of the insatiable news cycle, ever hungry for fresh rounds of scandal, prostration and onward-and-upward resolution.
This week, Mel Gibson finds himself at the start of a potential new cycle, with RadarOnline.com reporting details, taken from a tape the publication claims to have heard, of a violently sexist, racist tirade Gibson is alleged to have directed at Oksana Grigorieva, the estranged mother of his young child. According to Radar, Gibson can be heard calling Grigorieva a "cunt", a "bitch" and a "whore", making threats ("I am going to come and burn the fucking house down ... but you will blow me first") and telling her: "You look like a fucking pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault."
So could this be the end of a career that has only just got back on track? These latest reports, which remain unsubstantiated, can't help but bring to mind Gibson's 2006 arrest for drunk driving, during which he told police that "the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" and referred to one officer as "sugar tits". After that incident, and the eventual mea culpa, Gibson was barely to be glimpsed on screen until Edge of Darkness was released this year.
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