April 12, 2012
Once again, ladies and gentlemen: Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism
The Wrap yesterday reported that Warner Bros. has shelved Mel Gibson’s epic about Judah Maccabee—a sort of Jewish-themed “Braveheart”. It’s not clear why. But screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who delivered the script in February, claims that Gibson never planned to make the movie and that he was just using its development as cover for his abject anti-Semitic feelings.
Eszterhas wrote in a letter to Gibson, obtained by The Wrap:
Does that mean Gibson used Jeffrey Goldberg, too?
What’s fact and what’s fiction in this war of words has been an interesting topic in entertainment, media and Jewish circles the past day. (No, those are not one in the same.) Ben Greenman, a New Yorker and author of the fictitious “Mel! The Musical”, pointed out that “More amazing than this story about Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism is the incredible anti-Semitic venom in the comments.” He was referring to the version of The Wrap‘s story on Yahoo! Not really eye-opening—just a sad reminder.
It’s hard to know what to make of Gibson and his true intentions. The guy clearly has had, um, demons. But I also think that people might be quick to accept Eszterhas’ perspective because he’s talking about Mel Gibson. (It’s kind of bizarre to think of someone as crazy even when compared to Eszterhas.) More on Mel Gibson Sworn Enemy of the Jews, Round 38, from my colleague Danielle Berrin:
Read the rest here.