LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Academy Award winning actor-director Mel Gibson entered a rehab program after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, his publicist said Monday.[...]
[TMZ.com] reported that Gibson's alleged remarks included: "(Expletive) Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."[...]
Gibson faced accusations of anti-Semitism during the publicity storm that surrounded his 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ." [Anti-Defamation League Director Abraham] Foxman wrote that Gibson's "tirade finally reveals his true self" and shows his previous claims "that he is such a tolerant, loving person, were a sham."
Foxman added, "We would hope that Hollywood now would realize the bigot in their midst and that they will distance themselves from this anti-Semite."
I know that by now everyone has heard about this whole stupid event - I'm only commenting on it so that I can proudly state that I have never, ever, watched a Mel Gibson movie. Ever. No Mad Max, no dumb cop-buddy movies, not even Chicken Run, simply because his voice was featured in it.
About ten years ago a coworker noticed that every time he brought up a Gibson movie, I hadn't seen it. We checked online and it was true - somehow I had never suffered through one of Mel's movies. From that day on I made it a life-long goal of mine to avoid ever seeing one of his films. It's not that tough a goal - the guy's not exactly Olivier. The man has never been part of a movie that I had any interest in seeing, and I don't envision that changing anytime soon.
But I'm proud that I didn't like this guy even before he proved himself to be an Jew-hating, Holocaust-minimizing dick. I hated Mel before hating Mel was cool. Hopefully the rest of the world will finally catch up to me.
The smaller headline under the big headline on the CNN story was this:
Charges swirl that actor received special treatment
I don't know about that, but someone definitely gave the jerk a comb before his mugshot.