Although it is probably highly unlikely that Mel Gibson would be reading this, I want to wish him and his girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva mazel tov on the birth of their daughter Lucia. (And no, Lucia was not born to a virgin mother; this is #2 for Oksana.)
Gibson has seven children with his estranged wife of thirty years, who filed for divorce in April. This makes number eight for Mel. “Guess that makes me Octo-Mel,” Gibson said jokingly during his appearance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show in May, confirming reports that he and Oksana were expecting. Octo-Mel is not so bad; there are probably worse things he has been called.
It has been a long time since Gibson has made headlines, which is probably a good thing. And hopefully during his sabbatical, he has had time to reflect. Reflect on the fact that drinking and driving don’t mix…and that when pulled over, you probably should not let antisemitic epithets out of your mouth along with the scent of alcohol if you want to keep working in Hollywood. Maybe there is such a thing as bad publicity after all.
It seems Mel’s iconic Lethal Weapon days are long gone. Maybe it is time for a new start?
So what is in store for baby Lucia? A life of passion for J.C., along with anti-Semitic banter? Even though J.C. was born Jewish?
As a mother, I shudder when I think of all the hate that can persist in the world when it is passed down from parent to child. With all this, I am confident that he has learned from his mistakes. So, I raise a toast to Mel, Oksana and Lucia – L’chaim!