Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Passion of the Gibson

Holy c**t whore, Batman! Mel Gibson may just be the angriest man in the world! In a series of taped phone conversations with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, released by website, the 54-year-old actor unleashed a torrent of nasty, vile, vicious, racist expletives and threats of violence that suggest that Mad Mel not only dislikes Jews and gays, as his past behavior demonstrates, but blacks, Mexicans ("wetbacks", as he calls 'em) and women too. And, clearly, himself.

Jeez, what happened to this guy? Where did our lovable old "Lethal Weapon" Mel go? When did our valiant Braveheart turn into a violent, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynistic drunken asshole? When he screams into the phone "You need a bat beside the head" and "I'll put you in a fucking rose garden, you c**t," it chillingly recalls the brutal murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman by that other maniacal substance abuser O.J. Simpson. Gibson also wishes Grigorieva gets "raped by a pack of niggers." Listening to these horrible verbal assaults on the tapes made public (no doubt by a petrified Grigorieva herself), it's hard not to fear for this woman's life.

And if Gibson's despicable behavior wasn't enough, Hollywood pals like Whoopie Goldberg have shamefully come to his defense. On "The View" Monday, she assured listeners that "I know Mel, and I know he's not a racist." Sorry Whoopie, but anyone who uses the word nigger the way your buddy did is a racist. She then a day later again defended him by saying it was more or less alcohol-induced "jackassian behavior." Sure, just some good ole boy innocent horseplay, right? The truth is, booze doesn't make people racist. Just makes 'em honest. It relaxes people's inhibitions and brings to the surface the ugliness that normally percolates quietly beneath it. But that's no excuse. No matter how drunk I would ever get I am never gonna use that word. Ever. Period. It's a disgusting, hateful, outrageously offensive slur. But I guess it's convenient to simply blame it all on liquor. I suppose alcohol was also responsible in July '06 for turning the normally Jew-loving Gibson into the unhinged lunatic who told Malibu police "Fucking Jews...the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" during his DUI arrest?

Or how about Gibson's homophobic rant during a 1991 interview in the Spanish language newspaper El Pais: "They take it up the ass, this [pointing to his butt] is only for taking a shit. With this look, who’s going to think I’m gay? I don’t lend myself to that type of confusion. Do I look like a homosexual? Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?" Was that caused by alcohol too? Years later Gibson commented: "I shouldn't have said it, but I was tickling a bit of vodka during that interview, and the quote came back to bite me on the ass." Once again, it was old Mr. Smirnofftalking, and not the racist Mel Gibson.

On Wednesday Whoopie yet again stood by her buddy Mel by suggesting that she, who admittedly hurls racial epithets during fits of road rage, must be a racist too then if Gibson is a racist for using the N-word. She also condescendingly implied that as a black woman she somehow knows better than us whities and that we should trust her judgements. All of which is highly convoluted logic. Two people screaming racial insults doesn't mean neither is racist. To the contrary, it means that both are. And, I don't have to be black to conclude that someone is a bigot. I still have ears. White ears, perhaps, but they hear racist-spewed venom just fine.

Had the ranter been someone else and not her pal Gibson, we all know that Goldberg would've used her "View" bully-pulpit to pounce on him like white on rice. She'd have been the first one on that dais to scream racism. But instead, like all the Roman Polanski apologists and defenders, her Hollywood loyalty led her to downplay and trivialize Gibson's vile racist behavior. Shame on them both.

To be sure, Gibson needs help. And lots of it. Let's hope he gets it quickly before something truly tragic occurs beyond his embarrassing, humiliating, drunken phone rants.


Anonymous said...

Gibson is totally disgusting!

I do have one question though:

What set him off this time? I don't see anything about what he was yelling about.

Realist said...

Whoopie Goldberg clearly is being hypocritical, but Hollywood seems to be on that particular path lately. The excuses for Mad Mel were flowing fast and furious prior to these tapes being leaked. How far would I get in a divorce petition even if my spouse couldn't replay my vile words and hostile threats? She would get most everything she asked for! This may now happen to Gibson - and should!

But back to hypocrisy. Look at all of the support that Roman Polanski is getting in his quest to avoid prison. This support had to have helped him to avoid his day in court through a convenient screw-up, for he is a valued member of the secret celluloid society! "He's so talented! He shouldn't have to suffer the consequences of his foul actions." How far would I get in court if I were up on similar charges and attempted to defend myself against those charges with "I'm too talented to be guilty"? I'd likely hear "Guilty! Thank you! That is all!" - and so should Roman.

Let's go back a couple of decades to John Landis escaping responsibility for the deaths of Vic Morrow and two child actors. Hollywood gathered around Landis, and the Celluloid Omerta protected everyone - everyone, that is, except the helicopter pilot who sacrificed a lucrative career in his attempt to tell the truth about what happened. He paid a high price for his honesty. Landis got more movies to make. The reverse should have been the case.

We could go back several more years to Cecil B DeMille, whose early release Noah's Ark allegedly caused three extras to drown. The Celluloid Omerta still prevents the truth from being known beyond the shadow of a doubt, and we all know how his career turned out.

So Mel Gibson's hubristic melt down should be seen as a well-earned double tragedy for him. The first is that he has revealed himself to be one of the world's foulest hypocrites who ever made a Yeshua flick. The second is that he has -due to this revelation- been cast out from the secret society which made him a very wealthy man, despite Whoopie's attempted defense. His former colleagues don't want to be tainted by him lest they be revealed for the sinners they are. Mad Mel is now a pariah of the first rank, black listed forever, and he just might want to read up on Fatty Arbuckle for a little insight into what comes next. Then he should emulate Judas for betraying his Society of Celluloid Deities.

WDRussell said...

Mel is a good example of the phony Christian far right. As long as you favor strict morals and values for everybody else, you can lead your own life however you want.
Religion has again reverted to selling absolution.