Jewish Journal


January 27, 2010

Should the Jews boycott Mel Gibson’s new movie?



Having his 2006 DUI arrest erased from record has apparently given Mel Gibson license to deny he ever dissed the Jews.

At least that was the position he took in a recent KTLA interview about his new film, “Edge of Darkness” when reporter Sam Rubin questioned him about his past:

“Some people are gonna welcome you back and other people are gonna be like ‘He should never come back,’” Rubin said.

“Why?” Gibson deadpanned.

“Because of what happened before..”

“What happened before?”

“..the remarks that were attributed to you…”

“That were attributed to me, that I didn’t necessarily make,” Gibson said. Then he stumbled a bit. “I gather you have a dog in this fight?”

Rubin later regretted that he didn’t confront Gibson head on and say, “Damn right I have a dog in this fight!” and instead let Gibson’s onetime star power intimidate him into silence. But even though Gibson seems to have forgotten he once drunkenly ranted, “F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” those Jews certainly have not.

Now, many of them are calling for a boycott of Gibson’s upcoming film.

An email circulating within the Jewish community reads:

As a fellow Jew I am asking you to do the following for the reasons
that I am going to state. Mel Gibson has a new movie coming out within
the next week. It is named The Edge Of Darkness. I am asking you to
not only boycott the movie but to forward this email to every Jew and
every Jewish support group that you know. If you have any contacts
with any media that can put this to print, it would reach even more
people then we can imagine.

If you recall Mel’s father denies that the Holocaust ever happened.Mel
supports his fathers beliefs.

On Ash Wednesday February 25th 2004.The movie Passion Of The Christ
opened in thousands of theatres.

Mel Gibson co-wrote, directed,and co-produced the movie. Gibson also
financed the $25 million it took to make the movie through his own
company, Icon Productions. Hollywood’s major studios all passed on
offers to distribute the film. New market films agreed to distribute
it for a fee.

The movie has`probably created more controversy than any other movie
in recent years. Some commentators have charged that the movie is
anti-Semitiic because it blames the Jews for the death of Christ. The
film portrays Jews who adhere to their Jewish faith as enemies of G-D
and the locus of evil..

(The above 2 paragraphs were taken from the web site of

In July of 2006 Mel Gibson was stopped and arrested for drunk driving
near his house in Malibu.by Deputy James Mee. In his initial report
Deputy Mee described how Gibson bolted from custody and how he chased
the actor back to his car where he handcuffed him.In addition, the
report detailed repeated threats against Mee made by Gibson, who said
that he” owned Malibu” and “would get even"with the deputy.The report
also detailed Gibson’s"barrage of anti-Semitic remarks"in which he
said, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” before
asking the deputy, who is Jewish: Are you a Jew.

The article goes on to say that Gibson because of his celebrity status
received a $1300.00 fine and other minor consequences. He never
apologized to the deputy or to the Jewish people. Can we support an
individual who hates us.

It is very important that you don’t delete this email. If you do, it
only helps to support the beliefs of Mel Gibson against the Jewish

It isn’t very Jewish to hold a grudge. Jews are a people who believe that forgiveness is a foundational principle of righteous living. But Jews also believe you have to ask for forgiveness in order to be forgiven. And I don’t hear Mel Gibson asking for a second chance. I see a Mel Gibson who is embarrassed and ashamed and thinks denying responsibility will absolve him of his sin. Let’s hope for his sake that kind of religious faith works with his God, because in Jewish Hollywood, it doesn’t stand a chance.

More Mel Gibson on Hollywood Jew:
Mel Gibson gets defensive about his anti-Semitic past
Read more about Mel Gibson’s 2006 DUI incident, including copies of the police report at TMZ.com.

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