October 22, 2010
The endless Mel Gibson hangover
I’m sick of Mel Gibson.
I don’t care that he’s making headlines once again, as entertainment Websites tout another “Mel Gibson controversy.” This time, is appears the cast and crew of “Hangover 2” were up in arms over the possibility of Gibson joining the cast. Gee, I wonder why. Zach Galifianakis, who as far as I can tell is not Jewish but Greek Orthodox, took his disdain public.
According to TheWrap.com:
What’s also frustrating is that Mel Gibson still matters. We all know he’s a wacky anti-Semitic, misogynistic, vulgar, possibly alcoholic, psychologically unstable has-been movie star. Can we get over him now?
A Jewish Journal archive search for “Mel Gibson” brings up 204 results. In the past nine months alone, “Gibson” has appeared in ten Jewish Journal headlines. I am guilty, along with many others who are obsessed by his strange psychotic behavior, but I’m reaching my breaking point. Short of him murdering someone or making aliyah to Israel, I don’t care.
Although I do wonder why we keep drawing water from the Gibson well. No matter how much communal shadenfreude we can muster, it won’t change him; he is already a sad parody of himself. What I fear is that it’s changing us, and every time we talk about him, we give him new life.
Mel Gibson won’t get what he truly deserves until he is forgotten.