USA: Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism. Alleged police cover up


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ABC (USA) reports on Mel Gibson, icon of the US religious Right:

When [Mel] Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” hit movie screens in 2004, there were protests.

The film and its passionate producer were accused of being anti-Semitic.

Gibson denied the charges. But they are back with a vengeance after his arrest.

From tmz.com in the USA:

Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Tirade — Alleged Cover Up

TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets.

TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps.

TMZ has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee.

According to the report, Gibson became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu.

The actor began swearing uncontrollably.

Gibson repeatedly said, “My life is f****d.”

Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated.

As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside.

Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it.

The report says Gibson then said, “I’m not going to get in your car,” and bolted to his car.

The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.

TMZ has learned that Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.

Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat.

The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.”

The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.”

The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: “F*****g Jews…

The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”

There is a proverb of children and drunks telling the truth.

In this case, drunk Gibson of course spoke a blatant untruth on Jews and on the real causes of wars.

However, he may have provided some insight into his true paranoid views; as opposed to spin doctored ones.

See also here.

See also on this Internet Weekly.

Update: on Gibson’s second apology.

See also here.

16 thoughts on “USA: Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism. Alleged police cover up

  1. To his credit, Gibson apologized the next day. He was pretty specific about what he’d done wrong. As a recovering alcoholic, with many years of sobriety, I don’t believe the myth of “In vino veritas”. An alcoholic, when drunk will often say the ugliest stupidest and meanest thing he can think of, and honestly have no memory of what he said. I was not impressed by Gibson’s “Passion” film, and I’m not impressed with a lot of his personal behavior, but if he’s an alcoholic, that explains some of it. He should be held responsible for his actions, but foolish and wicked behavior is almost a part of the disease of alcoholism.

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  2. Hi Jon, how “specific” was Gibson on his anti-Semitism, as opposed to anti police behaviour?

    The longish Alternet blog post, to which I linked, at http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/39662/ , says, inter alia:

    UPDATE: Gibson did release a statement and, as expected, glossed over the Jew comments (all the specifics in fact) and just denounced them all as “despicable” while blaming the whole thing on his alcoholism. You know what? Not good enough. You make comments like these after that movie and purchasing a compound for Holocaust-deniers, one of whom is your father whom you’ve never publicly disagreed with and you want people to accept this apology?

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  3. True, He was not specific in denouncing his antisemitic statements. I was not excusing his behavior. I suppose I just felt some sympathy because I’ve known people who did and said really evil things when they were active alcoholics. I’ve known murderers for example, who’ve taken full responsibility for their actions, willingly suffered the consequences of their acts and over time become really different and better people. By the way, real forgiveness is not the same thing as excusing bad behavior. Gibson is a bully, a bigot an antisemite and a hateful man. If this incident ends up ruining his carreer, or sending him to jail for a while, I have no problem with that. I certainly haven’t supported his carreer since he started spouting off about his hatred for gays. That was long before he released “The Passion”. It’s just that, as a fellow alcoholic, I recognized his behavior as being characteristic of the disease. Childishly hateful, fearful and self centered behavior goes hand in hand with alcoholic drinking. So long as Gibson keeps hating, he’ll keep drinking. So long as he keeps drinking, he’ll keep hating. Am I making any sense at all?

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  4. Hi Jon, you certainly make sense. I see that to a certain extent you compare Gibson to other people with alcohol problems; while I tend to emphasize more that he is not really representative of all those people, being much richer and and icon of the political religious Right.

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  5. I am so sick of the hype surrounding Mel Gibson’s alleged “Antisemitism.” He didn’t make up the story about the Passion of the Christ, he retold it, just as the Bible retells it. The Jews WERE responsible for Jesus’s death; it’s a historical fact. Just because Mel Gibson shed light on this fact does not mean that he is anti Semitic. We live in America, where everyone—including Jews and anti-Semites alike—can express their opinion. If you don’t like it, then move. I can certainly empathize with the Jews for the horror that they endured during the Holocaust. But the terror of the Holocaust does not give Jews an adequate reason to exaggerate, and call practically everyone Antisemitic. And don’t go whining that I am Antisemitic for saying this! You’d probably call me Antisemitic if I didn’t like bagels!

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  6. C’mon lets face it—and I’m certainly not gonna be popular for saying this—but don’t you think that part of the reason that Jews are so mad at Mel Gibson is because they passed up producing The Passion in the first place? Mel Gibson went and produced it with his own money, and ended up making $500 million dollars. I’d be pissed if I missed an opportunity to make that kind of money.

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  7. Hi “Jane Doe”, the New Testament is a religious book; not a book of “historical fact”. Not corroborated by Flavius Josephus or other historical sources, for instance. And even the New Testament says that Jesus was killed by the Roman empire authorities; not by “the Jews”. Mel Gibson also used 19th century German anti-Semitic writings as source for his film. He said, when arrested in the USA, to the arresting policeman: “F*****g Jews…

    The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?” If that is not anti-Semitism then I don’t know what is.

    Re #7: What interest would Jews have in making an anti-Semitic movie? Does not make sense.

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