You know, I wasn't gonna blog one bit about Mel Gibson's recent arrest. Pure Enquirer fodder.
But when I read that a Jewish leader has requested a criminal probe into Gibson's speech I became a bit upset.
JEWISH groups have demanded Mel Gibson be investigated for hate crimes after the Hollywood star allegedly made anti-Semitic comments to US police officers when he was stopped on suspicion of drink-driving and speeding.
Gibson's reported criticism of Jews, contained in a leaked police report detailing his arrest early on Friday morning, included the phrase: "F*****g Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
He has since apologized for his actions, saying they were "despicable", but community Jewish leaders called for Gibson to be ostracized from Hollywood, where the A-list actor is considered an industry powerbroker.
Calling for a criminal investigation into the Oscar-winning actor and director's remarks, Abraham Foxman, the national director of the US Jewish Anti-Defamation League, said: "We believe there should be consequences to bigots and bigotry."
You see, if you commit a crime based on that hate, say torching a synagogue while yelling epitaphs…that's a crime. A hate crime to be exact.
But for someone who is drunk, to be arrested committing a stupid stupid crime….driving while drunk, and then be told that what he said while drunk should be considered a crime….now that is idiocy.
He will pay for his deed. Yes, he has the money to get out of jail quickly. But his reputation will be hurt. And reputation means quite a bit in his business.
He acted like an idiot to the arresting cops, not surprising. Most of us cops have dealt with drunks before. If he acted like this while sober I may be a bit more upset. But a drunk….believe me when I tell ya, they can be assholes in one way or another.
The thing is that he has owned up to his mistake. Unlike a Ted Kennedy or others in his blood line that have been in the news lately. We have all been in a position where we must either own up or take the easy way out. He chose to own up and for that I respect him. His comments are despicable and may harbor a more despicable mindset. But for now, I will give him his due for owning up and taking responsibility. Something that is rare in this day and age.
Jonah Goldberg offers some insight:
7) I don't know whether Gibson's apparent anti-Semitism is the product of his father's influence or not. But if it is, I guess we have one more example of why fathers matter.
The best sentence I have read on this incident. Why do we hold movie stars up on such pedestals?
I recall many years ago I was working at Universal Citywalk for a few months, taking a 3 month break from working South Central. One night out came Kevin Costner with his daughter and bodyguard as they left a concert. He came up to us, a group of cops, talking about his new movie "For love of the game"…I recall how starstruck I was, I asked how he could just walk around like he was and he stared at me as if I was an idiot. And believe me I felt like one. They are human just like the rest of us.
Actors and Musicians, Playwrights and Directors….They are all just like the rest of us. They are talented at what they do, but guess what…so are the rest of us.
But at least this time, once he was sober, Mel Gibson apologized and owned up to his mistake.
Seeing many many celebrities do the exact opposite I just don't feel that angry at the man.
He acted like an idiot to the arresting cops, not surprising. Most of us cops have dealt with drunks before. If he acted like this while sober I may be a bit more upset. But a drunkâ€¦.believe me when I tell ya, they can be a**holes in one way or another.