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An Open Letter To Mel Gibson

Nicole Shoohed |
July 16, 2010 | 6:42 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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Dear Mel Gibson, 

Enough is enough. You would think the world would have shunned you years ago after your blunt anti-Semitic rant around the time “The Passion of the Christ” came out and created one of the biggest film controversies in years. Well finally, after revealing your now racist and sexist beliefs—no surprise since the two certainly go hand-in-hand—the world will hopefully no longer allow you to keep an esteemed place in Hollywood. 

I feel like now is a perfect time to give you a piece of my mind and clearly relay the very things that make me cringe when I hear your name.

I think I’ll start with your father’s decision to publicly deny the Holocaust. When asked about your father’s remarks, you responded by saying your father has never lied to you. Okay, while this response is evasive on the surface, the very fact that you did not reject your father’s statement highlights your own hateful outlook. However, I do have to acknowledge how successful you were in never actually making your own anti-Semitic beliefs clear—you just resorted to supporting your bigoted father as a “truthful” man. Score one for Gibson. 

In 2004, I thought your own intolerable feelings would be revealed to the world when “The Passion of the Christ” premiered, carrying an offensive message that blatantly blamed Jews for the death of Jesus. Much of the world, however, sat back and argued that not only was the movie great but so was the message itself. 

And somehow, the movie was not only praised but you were also rewarded with over $300 million for a detestable lie. How you managed to survive this and rise above it with only a few bad PR burns still astounds me. 

It was no surprise to me that your anti-Semitic beliefs took full force and resurfaced again after being pulled over for drunk driving, finally confirming your prejudice. But despite this hopeful wake-up call, it is not reassuring to know that you cursed the “fucking Jews” and blamed them for all the wars in the world. 

Now, you claim to be a pious man. Yet I believe that this piety is merely a façade to hide your intolerant and narrow-minded belief system. Though you once shared your concrete belief with Australia’s Herald Sun that all non-Catholics are condemned to hell, including your wife at the time, your sheer hypocrisy was once again divulged when you left your wife—and defiled the sanctity of marriage no less—for your Russian girlfriend. 

And finally, the racist remarks—including uses of the terms “wetbacks” and the n-word—and the sexist, overbearing slurs against your girlfriend have finally made the world open its eyes to your true persona. Hopefully this time, a phony public apology for all these insulting statements will not change anyone’s mind. 

What you really need, Mel Gibson, is some serious counseling for your horrifying behavior.  And the rest of us need to teach you a serious lesson that hatred of this level will not be tolerated or rewarded with millions of dollars and success in Hollywood. 


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Nicole Shoohed (not verified) on July 17, 2010 2:30 PM

Thanks for the interest in the article.
Stephanie and Phil, I called the movie anti-semitic since it portrays the Jews as bloodthirsty villains eager for Jesus' blood. It de-emphasizes Pontius Pilate's historically proven corruption, sadism and cruelty, when he was really the one that sanctioned Jesus' crucifixion.

And yes, while the movie was based on the gospels, it stretches and takes artistic licenses that have an anti-semitic result. What makes all of this difficult, and I am no expert on the New Testament, is that the historical accuracy of the gospels (as well as the Bible itself) is debatable. Furthermore, lines in the gospel have been distorted over time and used for personal, cultural and religious vendettas. This line, “His blood be upon us and on our children," is probably the most controversial line since it was used to blame the Jews for Jesus' death for years. Yet, Jesus was killed by a brutal Roman general in a Roman court by a Roman method of execution. This same distortion was used in the movie.

Stephanie (not verified) on July 17, 2010 7:59 AM

I agree Mel Gibson sucks, but the Passion was written entirely based off the Gospels...do you also claim that they were written solely to give an anti-semetic message? Thats a pretty bold statement

Anonymous (not verified) on July 17, 2010 3:39 AM

Total agree with the article. I watched Passion, and it was pretty brutal. Obviously it was meant to be and I didn't think there was anything anti-semitic about it at the time, but now I think about it and cringe too. Mel's a disgusting person. Sure, he got away with blaming the previous rant on alcohol, but this one takes it too far. Not only is he racist, anti-Semitic, and sexist, he's also a domestic abuser who threatened to kill his own wife. He belongs in a jail cell.

Phil Osborne (not verified) on July 17, 2010 12:25 AM

My understanding was that The Bible was used as a work of literature from which the screenplay was derived. Wasn't the history that the Romans finally allowed the demands of the crowd of Jewish people gathered for the sentencing to decide between Barabus and Jesus? How was 'The Passion of the Christ' anti-semetic? Were the producers supposed to rewrite the script vs what occurred?

'When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands and said, “I am innocent of the blood of this Just person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be upon us and on our children.”' (Matthew 27:24–25)

Perhaps, this is what you were trying to say...