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WAWIBF... Mel Gibson

4 August 2006

People scoffed when certain special interest film critics slammed Mel Gibson's laughless sado-masochistic romp, 'The Passion of the Christ' for being anti-Semitic. This was just Jews being touchy, they assumed. It was probably just backed-up guilt for murdering the Saviour of Man in the first place. But this week, those same people are being forced to think again as Mel Gibson admits to having more in common with Daddy Hutton than a rather radical Catholicism.

'There is no excuse,' said Mel Gibson, 'nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark.' This following his arrest in Malubu last Friday on charges of drink driving, and the subsequent vicious tirade with which he regaled arresting officer James Mee. Here is a brief selection of his audio-taped words:

'You motherfucker. I'm going to fuck you.'

'I *own* Malibu.'

'Fucking Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.'

'Are you a Jew?'

Also, as if that weren't enough, Gibson also snapped at one female officer at the police station to which he was taken, shouting:

'What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?'

Sugar tits? *Sugar tits*? Wow. That particular officer will be dining out on that epithet for the rest of her life. 'Mel Gibson called me "sugar tits"!' Although the story might not have that much cachet if Gibson becomes primarily known as that Jew-hating old soak with the Christ-complex and a tenth-rate David Irving for a father. Rather than for having the best arse-double in Hollywood, or whatever it was he used to be famous for.

Gibson is clearly going through a bad time on the dark side of his good Catholic heart however, and is somewhat dazed from having fallen so spectacularly from the wagon and careened so hideously out of control. 'I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display,' he said, insisting, 'please know from my heart I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.'

Now, if Gibson is to salvage his career - which has this week already suffered one cancellation (an ABC TV project on the Holocaust, provisionally entitled 'Let's Not Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill Already') and one not unpersuasive exhortation to have him boycotted by Hollywood - he is going to have to do something pretty spectacular. In fact, barring a crucifixion and wholly purged resurrection, we don't think he can pull it off. Not without Danny Glover by his side. Or maybe Sammy Davis Junior.

Oh, well.

Bye, Mel.

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