Monday, July 31, 2006
Boycott Mel Gibson!
Of course, Gibson has profusely apologized for his intolerable outburst. But it's too late for him. Hollywood - which happens to be populated by many people of the Jewish persuasion - is rallying together to "shun" Gibson.
In the Huffington Post, Endeavor superagent Ari Emanuel wrote: "...alcoholism does not excuse racism and anti-Semitism. It is one thing when marginal figures with no credibility make anti-Semitic statements. It is a completely different thing when a figure of Mel Gibson's stature does so... At a time of escalating tensions in the world, the entertainment industry cannot idly stand by and allow Mel Gibson to get away with such tragically inflammatory statements... People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line. There are times in history when standing up against bigotry and racism is more important than money."
Gibson, who began his career starring in such quality Australian films as the Mad Max trilogy, Gallipoli and The Year of Living Dangerously, has veered off the track over the years, despite the success of the Lethal Weapon series, his violent Oscar winner Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ, both of which he directed. His next film, Apocalypto, is about the Mayan empire.
I agree with Emanuel. The entertainment industry should not support future projects associated with Bad Max.
MEL GIBSON PHOTO COURTESY OF DEADLINEHOLLYWOODDAILY.COM