When I first began blogging for credits, I would run into Janet often. I liked her, think she liked me as she seems to have defended me often, but we never talked.
Janet and I got to know each in that time honored media ritual, we were the most nominated, by people other than ourselves, people in the BOB’s Best Over All. Janet won Second Place, I, well let’s not even go there.
Janet’s blog The Art of Getting By, amazes me because she produces quality content five days a week, 52 weeks a year. The address is theartofgettingby.com Please visit Janet. She loves to serve food.
And I love the waitress costume on the template. Jersey and Long Island girls love diners. Though diners withs costumes like that are more apt to be found in Times Square or LA.
I’m her guest today. We coordinated it as we’re both taking blogging breaks. And her site is working, so go there!
It seems you can’t tune into the news these days without seeing some sort of follow-up story about actor Mel Gibson. Actually, the news itself is a bit
embarrassing in its coverage, but then again, if they didn’t muck it up we
wouldn’t get Jon Stewart’s take. At first this was the reason I didn’t write about this. Soon there after it became the exact reason I did.
On the off chance you have no idea what I’m talking about here’s what went down.
Beloved, semi-Australian actor Mel Gibson was arrested in late July for
drinking and driving. As if drinking and driving itself isn’t a big enough no
no, Mel apparently went all “Mad Max” on the cops asses, throwing around
some pretty weighty statements about huge populations of people, namely the Jews.
Now let’s set aside, just for a minute, the fact that Mel Gibson said the nasty
things he said, drunk, sober or otherwise. Here a famous, 50 year old father
of seven, count ’em cchildren, Mel Gibson was allegedly stumbling into a bar
alone, only to later admit he has struggled with alcoholism most of his adult
life. If that doesn’t set off a Nascar raceway full of red flags, I don’t know
what will. Of course I realize that the driving he did and the comments he
made are the meat of the story, but I also think it’s pretty damn important to
make note of the potatoes.
My theory is a simple one and it is this. As much as the public loves to
embrace celebrities, they love it even more when said celebrities screw up.
Why? Because it reminds them that at the end of the day, no matter how big their crib or how stocked their fridge is with Cristal, that these people aren’t all that different than you or me.
So now Mel Gibson is all apologetic and some people aren’t buying it. After
all, when you get caught with pants below the knees so to speak there’s
really nothing left to say in the face of humility but a glorified, “Oops, my my bad.”
But Mel Gibson isn’t the only person defending Mel Gibson. Former co-star
Jodie Foster is, too. As is David Soul. Oh and so is Patrick Swayze. All of the above would have no problem working with Mel Gibson again, if they were
working themselves, that is.
But perhaps even more interesting are the “stars” who have vowed to never
work with Mel, such as comedic actor, Rob Schneider. Call me crazy, but I
don’t think the reason Mel Gibson wasn’t working with you is because you are
half a Jew. It’s because lately, you’re barely halfway talented.
Now Hollywood feels the punishment that fits the crime would be for Mel to
do the time. This involves only getting to know Jews, getting to know all about Jews. This is where Hollywood has a hard time forgiving, but even a harder time forgetting. For it wasn’t so long ago that Mel Gibson made the controversial film The Passion Of The Christ. For the first time ever, people started seeing Mel Gibson less as the sexy cop from Down Under and more of an actor full of foot in the mouth blunder
Surely you too must remember this. At the time, Mel was sporting the mad scientist look and hopping from talk show to talk show talking about his passion for…Passion. But any controversial movie based around biblical retellings is going to get more closely scrutinized then say the latest Lethal Weapon flick. Right around then news about his father’s beliefs also surfaced and although since buried, have now once again been dug up and put on display
Perhaps the biggest red flag of all is Mel’s father questioning the occurrence of the Holocaust and Mel neither confirming nor denying his own beliefs in accordance with his father’s. This is not to say that Mel Gibson does not have Jewish friends. I mean he does work in Hollywood. Working in Hollywood and hating Jews is like an alcoholic taking a job behind a bar. It can be done, but it doesn’t make much sense.
So where does that leave Mel now? A lot of people are saying this could very well mark the end of his career. In my estimations, that might be a little hasty. On a code alert level of 1-5, with five being a mess up of OJ Simspon proportions, a four being a Michael Jackson faux pas and so on, Mel is barely a blip on the radar.
Mel might have gotten a little harried in his later years, but I still remember the happy go lucky Mel who used to pop in on shows like Arsenio Hall and come across as the guy you’d love to have a drink with and just hang
Ok, so maybe you’ll share an artichoke dip appetizer instead of a beer. Can’t we all just get along?