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Thursday, November 30, 2006

How you know when your career’s really in trouble

When Mel ‘Sugar Tits’ Gibson is leaping to your defence, it’s time to just turn in your celebrity dancing shoes, I think…

‘Actor Mel Gibson has said he feels "really badly" for ex-Seinfeld star Michael Richards, who racially abused two hecklers in a comedy club. Gibson, who apologised for making anti-Semitic remarks made after a drink driving incident in July said Richards was "obviously in a state of stress".’

And talking of Mel, I missed this at the time (I don’t wake up to Good Morning America) but I’ve since read the transcript of what was, apparently, his televised ‘apology’ for his not-even-remotely-sincerely-believed anti-semitic position.

It seems that Mel is a Jew-hater because Lebanon and Israel were “at it” the day that he went and got himself utterly spangled on mescal. Confused? Well…

‘Mel told Good Morning America this week that his assertion that “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” was “fear related, OK? So, you know, you have your own fears about these things. Since I was a kid in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and now in the new millennium, you can read of an ever-escalating kind of conflagration over there in the Middle East that … I remember thinking when I was 20, man, that place is going to drag us all into the black hole, you know, just the … the difficulty over there. You start thinking will I ever see my grandchildren grow up? … What’s going to become of the world? What’s going to press the button?”’

Yes, that’s right. Wade through that grammar-averse babble slowly, and it appears to suggest that Mel hates “all f**king Jews” because he’s scared of their bringing about the annihilation of modern society as we know it. He was scared, see.

Remember, this is an apology aimed at the worldwide followers of Judaism (not violence-endorsing Zionists exclusively) – which makes it all the more spectacular that he ultimately about-faces and declares that “they’re not blameless”, apparently in relation to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

‘Interviewer Diane Sawyer pointed out there is a difference from feeling that the Middle East is a “tinderbox” to saying that the Jews were responsible for all war. Mel replied: “Well, strictly speaking, that’s … that’s not true [but] it takes two to tango.”
“What are they responsible for? I think that they’re not blameless in the conflict. There’s been aggression, and retaliation and aggression. It’s just part of being in conflict, and being at war. So, they’re not blameless.”’


It’s interesting to ponder whether Mel’s alcoholic sins would’ve been so quickly forgotten, in the current political climate, had he stated on national television that all followers of Islam are “not blameless” for the September 11th attacks, done, as is assumed, in the name of Islamic fundamentalism?

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