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August 1st, 2006, 11:23 PM
Mel Gibson Seeks Forgiveness for Anti - Semitic Rant


Published: August 1, 2006

Filed at 10:28 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Mel Gibson apologized on Tuesday for making anti-Semitic remarks in a drunken rant and asked to meet Jewish leaders, but several called on the Hollywood superstar to first show deeds and not offer words.

Separately, U.S. television network ABC pulled a program about the Holocaust that Gibson's company was producing, and a Los Angeles official defended the sheriff department's handling of Gibson's arrest against claims he was shown favoritism.

``I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested,'' Gibson said in a statement.

Gibson, who directed 2004's blockbuster movie ``The Passion of The Christ'' about the last hours of the life of Jesus, was caught speeding early on Friday, and he went on a rant in which he is widely reported to have said, ``The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.''

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department report, parts of which have been published and confirmed by officials, is laced with anti-Semitic remarks and expletives from Gibson.

The report said an open bottle of tequila was found in Gibson's car, and on Tuesday, celebrity magazine In Touch Weekly published photos of Gibson drinking in a Malibu, California, bar and hugging female patrons.

In his statement, the actor and Oscar-winning director of ''Braveheart'' said he had entered ``an ongoing program of recovery.'' In the past, Gibson has admitted having problems with alcohol.


His anti-Semitic remarks have caused an outcry because, before ``Passion,'' a $610 million global hit, conservative Catholic Gibson defended himself and his movie against critics who labeled them anti-Jewish. His father, Hutton Gibson, has described the Holocaust as ``maybe not all fiction, but most of it is.''

In Hollywood, where many movie studios were founded and are still run by Jewish men and women, top executives denounced his remarks.

Gibson pleaded for understanding and help.

``I'm not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing,'' he said.

Several Jewish leaders said he must first complete his recovery program and perform acts of goodwill, such as visiting Nazi death camps.

``We will know when the time is, but the time is certainly not when his press agents think it is,'' said Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center. ``I certainly think he is facing his alcoholism, and now I think he needs to face the statements of bigotry and anti-Semitism the same.''

The Anti-Defamation League ``accepted'' the apology. National Director Abraham Foxman said when Gibson's recovery is complete, ``we will be ready and willing to help him.''

A spokeswoman for ABC said the network canceled development of a Holocaust miniseries because nearly two years had passed since ABC struck a deal with Gibson's production company to make it and it had not yet seen a script.

Michael Gennaco, who heads the sheriff department's oversight board, said an initial probe showed L.A. sheriffs did not violate department policies. The final arrest report would include inflammatory comments made by Gibson, he added.

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August 1st, 2006, 11:25 PM
Several Jewish leaders said he must first complete his recovery program and perform acts of goodwill, such as visiting Nazi death camps.

``We will know when the time is, but the time is certainly not when his press agents think it is,'' said Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center. ``I certainly think he is facing his alcoholism, and now I think he needs to face the statements of bigotry and anti-Semitism the same.''

Anyone else think this reaction is a little ridiculous? People say all kinds of stupid things when they're drunk.

August 1st, 2006, 11:34 PM
This will all disappear after his new movie opens.

August 2nd, 2006, 09:16 AM
Hopefully he will too.

August 2nd, 2006, 10:53 AM
My Plan for Rehabilitating Mel Gibson (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/al-franken/my-plan-for-rehabilitatin_b_26289.html)

Al Franken
August 1, 2006

So, I don't think Mel Gibson should be totally drummed out of the business. I think he should just have to start all over again. Put him in a movie as an "under-five" (an actor who has fewer than five lines). Make him play BUSBOY #2 in a Matthew McConaughey comedy.

Watching the dailies, a producer might say, "Hey, that busboy who said, 'You dropped your napkin, sir' - he's pretty good."

Then the director will say, "Of course, he's good. That's Mel Gibson."

And then the producer will say, "Oh, yeah, that's right. In my next movie, let's give him a slightly bigger role."

Then in about five or six years he could be rehabilitated and have his own sit-com.

August 2nd, 2006, 12:21 PM
^ That's funny. Made me laugh out loud.

August 4th, 2006, 09:40 AM
Rob Schneider isn't laughing ...

The Passion Of The 1/2 Jew

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Whoa! Something tells me that Rob Schneider is really upset with Mel Gibson and his anti-Semitic remarks. Actually, this full page ad in today's Variety (http://www.variety.com/) from Rob Schneider that plainly states that he will never, ever work with Mel Gibson under any circumstances is what tells me that he is really upset with Mel Gibson.

Check out the ad in today's Variety sent in by Pink reader Rhett:


December 11th, 2006, 09:03 AM
This is pretty damned funny (except I'd guess the folks at Disney might not be laughing) ...

"SNL's" Gibson Movie Trailer -- Hilarious!!

tmz.com (http://www.tmz.com/2006/12/10/snls-gibson-movie-trailer-hilarious/)
Posted Dec 10th 2006 by TMZ Staff (http://www.tmz.com/bloggers/tmz-staff)

We don't usually sing the praises of "Saturday Night Live" (because they usually aren't funny), but today we applaud them for sticking it to Mel Gibson in last night's episode.

Just after the monologue, "SNL" aired its own "re-cut" version of a trailer for Mel's new movie, "Apocalypto." Let's just say they made more like the Gibson movie we expect from Mel after his anti-Semitic rant from earlier this year.

Check it out! (http://video.nbc.com/player.html?dlid=49748)

http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.tmz.com/media/2006/12/1210_mel_snl.jpg (http://video.nbc.com/player.html?dlid=49748)

December 11th, 2006, 11:01 AM
"I smell bagels!" :p

December 20th, 2006, 03:47 PM
Mel Gibson may face paternity test

Australian Associated Press (AAP)
Monday December 18

Mel Gibson will be served with legal papers this week asking him to admit he is the father of a 29-year-old woman resulting from a one-night stand in the back of a car in Australia in 1976.

A report in the News of the World says Gibson, 50, will be required to undergo a DNA test if he denies paternity of Carmel Sloane.

The tabloid newspaper did not say where Carmel is from.

"I'd love it if he recognised us as family," said Carmel, a painter who has a 10-year-old son.

"I'm not looking for a meal ticket, I'm happy with my life.

"I just want to meet the man I've always known was my dad and for him to get to know his grandson.

"I have grown up being told Mel Gibson is my father. I've been told it for 20 years.

"I would like some kind of closure either way. I don't want it to go on for another 20 years."

Gibson, who has recently been the subject of controversy for anti-Semitic remarks he made during a drunken arrest in the US, is the father of seven children with his wife Robyn.

Carmel's mother Marilyn said she met Gibson in Adelaide in 1976 when he picked her up while she was hitch-hiking to Sydney.

She said Gibson promised to drive her there, but first ducked back to his house and came back to the car with a mattress and pillows and put them in the back of his station wagon.

"We got on really well. He was charming and funny. He said he was going to be a famous movie star," Marilyn said.

"He said he was going to change his name, but I told him not to. I said Mel Gibson was a really nice name and it suited him.

"When we stopped for the night, Mel got in the back on the mattress but I stayed in the front.

"Eventually he persuaded me to join him in the back. I told him 'if anything happens and I get pregnant I'll come looking for you'. He replied 'I'm going to be famous, you'll always know where to find me'.

"We spent the night making love and talking, but when it got light Mel said he had to be back at work at an orange juice factory in Adelaide.
"I got out of the car and never saw him again. It broke my heart to walk away."

Marilyn gave birth to Carmel in January 1977, but did not think of Gibson again for eight years until she saw him in a poster for Mad Max 3.
She then started keeping a scrapbook of the movie star that she intended to give to her daughter later in life.

"I would never have told Carmel who her father was but my mother blurted it out one day," Marilyn said.

She said she twice tried to contact Gibson when he was back in Australia, but failed to speak to him and is now hoping the legal avenue will bear fruit.

Carmel said while she would like to meet Gibson she "wouldn't expect to be part of his life".

"I'm not looking for a piece of the pie or that lifestyle."

The News of the World said it put the claims to Gibson's representatives, but they failed to respond.


December 20th, 2006, 04:51 PM
Funny thing is, no matter wether she wants it or not, she will get it now that this is public.

She may just want closure, but sometimes even closure is not complete...

And Mel is still someone with a few bolts loose up there. I really do not like the guy....

December 20th, 2006, 05:26 PM
I am as close to hating Mel as one can without actually hating him. He is not worth my hate.

Let's analyze this affair:


On the right is the woman who allegedly had an affair with Mel, holding their alleged love child, Carmel. On the left is Carmel now.

Photo source:

Forget that Carmel's hair is blonde. It could be naturally very dark; I'm not being catty, I'm coming to her defense.

Look at her beautiful face. It looks a lot like a young Mel, eh?:D

So how does this relate to Mel Gibson's anti-semitic rants? Maybe it doesn't; maybe we're O/T and this should be another thread. Except...

... if Carmel's Mom happens to be Jewish.

December 21st, 2006, 09:37 AM
I guess that was what he really meant by F' the Jews?


January 4th, 2007, 03:43 PM
I really apologize! That was whisky speaking, not me. :( ;)

January 4th, 2007, 04:39 PM
Your whiskey was very articulate.