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The "Controversial" Post Film Q&A with Mel Gibson After His Screening of APOCALYPTO at FANTASTIC FEST!!!

Hey folks, Harry here - It seems to me that this quote of Mel's from FANTASTIC FEST that has shown up just about everywhere is being exploited out of context from the post-film conversation that he had with the Audience, and frankly - that's not cool. There's stories all over the AP, REUTERS, DRUDGE, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER and tons of other places about it - and when our buddy Blake at CinemaStrikesBack sent me his review (linked) and an article with the mp3 of the post film discussion - I decided to embed it into AICN for all of you to listen to at your leisure. Even still though, you're not getting the context of the discussion, as... it is after a particularly rough version of the film. Matt Dentler - head programmer of SXSW was on hand and wrote about the screening and Q&A here at IndieWire! So - unedited - here's the Fantastic Fest Q&A of the Aint It Cool Screening of the Rough Print of APOCALYPTO with Mel Gibson and star of the film Rudy Youngblood.

Q&A with Mel HERE!

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  • Sept. 25, 2006, 3:43 a.m. CST

    what did he say?

    by mshawkin

    Poor Mel, give the dude a break. Oh, am I first?

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Mel's comments paraphrased from Reuters

    by dastickboy

    He compared the struggle in Apocalypto to that of the war in Iraq.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 3:56 a.m. CST

    I love the image

    by BannedOnTheRun

    ...of some reporter for Reuters asking his editor how to properly hyphenate "Butt-Numb-A-Thon."

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 4 a.m. CST


    by mshawkin

    and what hasn't been compared to the war in Iraq? This is going too far in the media. But in any case, I'm glad this is getting the good vibes from FF. I wish I could have been there! Enjoy it, you lucky people.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 4:07 a.m. CST

    The more I hear about the movie...

    by CellarDoor

    the more interested I am in seeing it. It sounds like a romp! And I think the context of what Mel said in the Q&A is important. The analogy is a bit heavy-handed but not totally inaccurate.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 5:55 a.m. CST

    That was a great Q and A

    by antonphd

    The movie sounds a lot more interesting now to me. Mel Gibson's comment about Iraq is simple coffee table conversation and anyone who blows it up to mean more is just selling something.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 6:08 a.m. CST

    what's this about?

    by board shitlez

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 7:06 a.m. CST

    How about a transcript?

    by hiperaktiv

    I cbf listening to a podcast.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by JohnFR

    The only thing controversial about it was that no one had the balls to ask Mel the tough question. It was on everyone's mind but he just kept getting softball after softball. Just a lot of ass kissing and then he snubbed everybody by having Harry ask people to stay in their seats so he could leave and get back to drinking or whatever he had to do that was so important at midnight. He was definitely tweaking - picking at his ears, hair and being a little weird. He didn't look like he was doing well. Plus the film didn't fit with the festival. Basically, he came off like an a**hole, which is essentially what he is. His true colors were showing and we were all stupid to think he had changed. Glad to know he's gone now.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 7:10 a.m. CST

    The media is really on to something against Mel

    by revam

    I read the article on Yahoo, fed from Hollywood Reporter, and how they made a big feast out of it. But when I listened to the interview, I'm like, what the fuck! It was like a blip, nada, non-issue! Suck it Hollywood Reporter! Give Mel a break will ya!!

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 7:21 a.m. CST


    by wanton_wallie

    I think it's going to be woot woot!!!!!!

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Mel's cool a guy

    by wanton_wallie

    So yo bitches get off him! I'll kick yo ass hmm?!

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 7:53 a.m. CST

    JohnFR - dude, how can you be such a liar?

    by antonphd

    I listened to that podcast. It wasn't anything like you just discribed, with the exception of Mel Gibson being his ussual figidy self. He killed on that Q and A. And people weren't there to talk about his fuckups. They were there to talk about his movies. He had the audience laughing with his ussual quick wit and self depreciating humor. i wasn't there, I just listened to the podcast, but it's obvious it went great and was a special treat for the audience.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Gibson may be an anti-semite, but a neo-nazi?

    by FluffyUnbound

    I don't recall hearing him advocate any political changes of any kind. Frankly, he can knock himself out hating Jews all he wants - if he doesn't advocate actually doing anything bad to Jews, then it's just his own stupid private demon.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 8:25 a.m. CST

    JohnFR - Its a movie Q&A for people who love movies.

    by hawauer29a

    And from what I'm hearing on the audio transcript is people having a fine time... For people who are looking for some dish on Mel's personal life, you can always pick up the tabloids on the nearest supermarket.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Man AICN is getting really lazy...

    by brycemonkey

    First! off they are putting up fan reviews from screenings that they have attended. Don't you have actual writers/reviewers? What too tired to write a review? Awww, poor you. And now they can't even put in quotes two sentences; and instead link someone else's site who can be bothered to write a few lines about it. It smacks of just plain lazy. Come on.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    So he compared it to

    by Mechasheeva

    the war in Iraq? Isn't that what he was doing the whole time the film was being made, saying it "draws parallels to a lot of things happening with our country today"? Bah.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 9:05 a.m. CST

    What movie ISN'T an Iraq analogy these days?

    by Nate Champion

    Seriously. All a filmmaker has to do is paint his brainless piece of crap with a coat of "topicality" and suddenly he's taken seriously by all the deluded fanboys like Harry, who don't feel as guilty when they can justify their orgiastic, sub-intelligent wankfests as "serious filmmaking". Fuck this. Apocalypto will be just like Mel's previous films -- a grotesque, fetishized melodrama that does nothing innovative thematically but cons the ape cage into thinking it's some kind of statement on current events. Yeah, and Talladega Nights was a brilliant dissection of Muslim-Christian fundamentalism and opposition. Hoo-haa!!!!

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST

    This is not Mel Gibson!

    by DerLanghaarige

    This is Peter Jackson, giving a fake interview.<br> Uhm...Jugg fuckled? Damn you Michael Bay? Uwe Boll must die?<br> Just wanted to say something. I'm bored.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Clerks II - NOT an Iraq-analogy.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Except the Donkey was a metaphor for the iraq...

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 9:23 a.m. CST

    this Mel "story" is the top headline at drudge report

    by triplefive

    the "articles" about what Mel said look and read ridiculously. shame on the media for thinking THIS is news of any sort, despite the fact that its transparent and absurd, even without the "clarification" from AICN

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST

    and Dave Poland kinda took AICN to task for pandering..

    by triplefive Mel. Today's hot button is about his clandestine screenings in front of people who are gonna like this movie, i.e. the AICN FF crowd and Big Red.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    My ass is like the war in Iraq

    by performingmonkey

    It's full of shit, and I need to take a dump right now before the shit moves back into my body and KILLS me. How's that for an accurate analogy? Get it...ANALogy. Get it? Get it? Get it? GET IT???? Flames on my ass = Apocalypto = Gibson trying to tap into the current climate of 'fear'.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Anyone likes some spaghetti salad?

    by mara_rhodesia

    I got a lot over here.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Pipe down, Jar Jar.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Go back to your corner.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by film_chic

    ...that people are freaking out about this quote. The only problem I had with him saying it was that it felt as if he were merely pandering for applause. He's an actor...he knows how to get the crowd on his side...and that was too easy. But other than that, he made sense.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Jar Jar: the TB voice of reason.

    by brycemonkey

    Meesa no think so.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    The Land of the "Free"

    by spud mcspud

    Give the man a chance. Not only has he managed to make the least spiritual, most gory life of Christ ever, but there's the battle with the booze to consider. Mel's having a rough time; let's all remember the good times. Mad Max? The first two Lethal Weapons? And as for the Jew comments: how come it's OK to bash every other religion on the planet except Islam and Judaism? I though America was founded on decent priniciples, one of the finest being "freedom of speech". Well, this should mean we are all free to say anything we want. And if Mel wants to be stupid about the Jews, go let him. It's just an opinion. When you start limiting opinions, you're one coup away from a dictator state. And if you're sure in your beliefs and your religion, don't be offended when you hear Mel ranting about your beliefs - go home and watch the South Park "Passion of the Jew" episode again. You'll laugh your arse off, and all this will be a bad dream. That is all. The Spud abides.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Jar Jar

    by FluffyUnbound

    Consider the following individual: Mr. X is profoundly uncomfortable with black people, but because he's a Communist, tells himself that when the revolution comes he's just going to have to suck it up and deal with being equal to black people, in the perfect classless society that will follow the revolution. Is this person also a Neo-nazi, in your opinion? If so, you're even more stupid than I thought you were. Mere racism is not the same as white supremacy. White supremacy has a political component, insofar as it calls for the active subjugation of non-whites and of Jews using private terror and eventually state terror. That means it is entirely possible to be a racist without being a white supremacist. Heck, your average Democrat in Massachusetts is a union member who tells nigger jokes but then votes for Ted Kennedy. Are they all neo-Nazis? Of course not. They're just dumbasses. There's a difference.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Once again Jar Jar 4 Prez...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    your ignorance ASTOUNDS me. I don't think I came anywhere near to defending FluffyUnbound. I don't think he needs my help with whatever it is you two are discussing. I just basically told you to shut the fuck up. Why you might ask? Because you're nothing but a grenade-throwing troll. And I hate grenade throwing trolls. Now, if your head can grasp that concept, you may stumble upon the reason for my "motivation". Cocksucker.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    I am merely calling for precision in description.

    by FluffyUnbound

    You called Gibson a neonazi. If you review my initial post on the subject, I took issue with that designation. And I also stand by my statement that I don't really care about the private views people have as long as they don't take or advocate any political step in furtherance of those views. I'm sure lots of people hate me, but as long as they leave me alone, I don't really give a shit. Hate away. Knock yourself out.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 11:55 a.m. CST

    "I'm sorry, what was the question, sugartits?"

    by JAGUART

    Gotta love Mel.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Sugartits? Yipe! How wude!

    by brycemonkey

    Many Gungans died to give us this information...

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST

    "What are you lookin' at, Sugartits?"

    by pokadoo the version I heard! Bit more Russell Crowe than Cary Grant.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Ignorance Is Bliss

    by Mr. Met

    I am mortified that some of you actually believe that a person can separate his personal views from his professional life. We are all human, and at some point the way you think of people is going to affect the way you work with them. We have to hold people accountable for their actions, whether or not they make good movies, write good books, or produce hit records.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    MIcrophones record sound!

    by supercooldude

    Please tell that to the retards who kept talking and moving while recording a Q&A with Mel Gibson! "I'm still at the Q&A"....SHUT UP!

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    by the way, thanks AICN

    by JackLint

    for posting an audio file of an interview instead of a transcript. I've been asking for weeks. Much appreciated.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 1:12 p.m. CST

    oh, and mr. met...

    by JackLint

    When discussing art, you have to separate things sometimes. Birth of a Nation and Triumph of the Will are extremely racist in their messages, but are still regarded as being brilliant works, and are important to film history. Mel's case isn't NEARLY that extreme, but the same arguments applies. Polanski may have slept with a 15 year old, but his movies are still amazing. The personal beleif/actions and the professional work should (ideally) be separate. But if the personal actions are so personally offensive to you, that you can't distance yourself from them when watching the movie, then that's fine and I wouldn't blame you for it. Nobody should tell you how you should feel. Personally, I can put his beliefs out of my mind and enjoy the movie. I think it sounds pretty cool.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST


    by jeryoctober

    Anyone know the readers digest version of Harry's history with Drudge? Did they have a falling out? Just curious...

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Umm . . . not sure what to think

    by Too Gay Too Soon

    The interview sounds like your standard Q&A involving a film, its director, and its star. That said, Gibson's personal life is still nearing the shambles. The recent heeding bickering between many of the talkbackers here has actually made my anticipation grow more. Earlier in the year, I was sure this movie would suddenly signal to Hollywood that perhaps Mel is a hack director - yet fairly good actor - dedicated to making his films into torture porn for the extremist masses. Now that I know this film cements this idea, I have to watch how he does it; and then proceed to return here and talk with some of the other cretins with the same righteous beliefs and Mel-protection.

  • Sept. 25, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    whoever recorded that

    by eighteenseconds


  • Sept. 26, 2006, 12:46 a.m. CST

    what gives?

    by crazyeyezkillah

    is this talkback closed or something?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:18 a.m. CST


    by crazyeyezkillah

    Gibson would never make a movie where he cast the Jews as scapegoats, or threw a homosexual out of a window because he was a homosexual, or spew racist jokes "written" by his wife. Never.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 4 a.m. CST

    The best part

    by CoursinLarry

    was when Harry said "know-vis" and then Mel makes a point of saying "nah-vis". That must have been humiliating.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Not that controversial...

    by Archduke_Chocula

    But a good listen :)

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I was there, you were not (Anton and hauauer).

    by JohnFR

    I am not a liar. I was there watching all of this, describing what I saw. You were listening to a podcast. You couldn't see how cracked out he looked and acted. Listening to it probably was kind of boring. It was a standard post-film ass kissing session. I do think there was room to get the tough question out of the way. If not there - where? If not then - when? I do like Mel as an actor and a director, but as a person I do not think he is someone who needs to have his ego fed right now.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 7:54 a.m. CST

    They mentioned this on NPR

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    First they cited "a film festival in Austin," but then they actually mentioned Harry and Fantastic Fest ... and THEN they interviewed the Facebook CEO ... it's spooky when all the things I do at work when I should be working are part of my commute when I should be commuting. But meh. ^_^

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    This movie will suck

    by Chief Redcock

    Just like Braveheart, The Passion, etc.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I'm Starting to Like Mel Gibson


    He's the only one in entertainment who's actually speaking about shit that's wrong. This country is at war and people are dying for lies. If John Lennon were here, this would not be goin' on. Mel doesn't have to be articulate. He just knows when something is right and when he must speak on it. A man has to protest when something is in his heart. Not like these cowards that are out now all on the fence, afraid to take a stand. Mel ain't crazy. He's a man. And he's speaking out. Something that's frowned upon in the new pro-homo entertainment industry. No offense. It's like the backlash that Brando got for saying Hollywood was run by Jews. That's a fact. What's racists about that? What's anti-semitic about that? It's a simple factual observation. Every studio. Every agency. CAA, WMA, ICM, Endeavor, Paradigm, Gersh. All Jews. That's a fact. Nothing racist. Does the problem REALLY arise when you raise people's awareness? Is that the crime? What IS racist is the fact Hollywood properties are made for the world. For every race on the planet. And only one small group of people -- those who are Jewish -- are creating that entertainment. This means that entertainment is skewed and bent to support their view of the world. --------------------------- Hmmmm. Think about that. This is not fair. And this is what is really racist. Small pointer: When discussing Jews, to avoid negative and distracting recourse refer to the group as "Jewish people" and not "Jews."

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    MPAA also Jewish-run

    by performingmonkey

    That's why there's an NC-17 rating slapped on anything that isn't Jewish humour. Borat didn't get an NC-17 because Cohen is Jewish. Anyone else would have received an NC-17 for the content. Savvy?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Great fuckin point Performing Monkey!!


    That's exactly what I'm saying. I "savvy" alot. Hope everyone will.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson's Original Ending Inside...

    by crackerfarmboy

    The Mayan civilization falls because the Jews started another of their wars.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST


    by glodene

    Will y'all please get off your "Moral Superior" soapbox about Mel Gibson. He's just as flawed everyone else...So lets' dare to be different and stop holding these self-absorbed thespiens/auteurs to a higher standard of moral conduct so you can feel better about your own unexceptional lives. So he got drunk and spouted off at the mouth. So What! In the overall scheme of things he didn't hurt anyone and if Apocolypto makes a lot of moola, the same Hollywood Jews that feigned outrage over his drunkend-infused remarks will gladly clamor over each other to bid for his (Mel's) next project, because nothin' says "All is forgiven" than a lucrative return on an initial investment that will line a Hollywood Jew(er)Moguls' pocket. You know this to be true. SHALOM!

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 9:49 p.m. CST

    At least it's not a comic book movie.

    by Cylon Agent

    Jesus. Anything that's not a comic book movie deserves a chance right now... As for the Iraq war comment, I think Mel was just giving us a possible interpretation of his film's subtext. You could also compare this to a lot of other events in history, but Mel happened to choose Iraq.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Did Harry really pronounce "Novice"...

    by Luvs269er "NO - Vish" at the beginning of Mel's talk? Mel corrected him... But Jesus! And where was the mic-- up Harry's gastrointestinal tract? What are all those extremely strange noises on the tape? Yick!

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    DEFENDERS you moron

    by Stollentroll

    Being Jewish means that you are part of a certain religion, not a certain RACE.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Tony Mike Hall...

    by Blue_Demon

    "There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologise specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge. "I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologise directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words." Sounds to me like he apologized a while back.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Stollentroll, nterntet hostility is played out...


    And I never said anything about being Jewish was a race. I think you are mistaken. And Glodene you are so very right.----------------------- And I see where you are coming from Tony Mike Hall -- when you are cognizant of your influence, you should be a little careful. But still that firewater is something else. It's like Jackie Chan said: they are all human. And I think that the week Mel blew up was the week that the Isrealis had killed those 60 Lebanese kids looking for ONE Hezbollah dude. That was a sunday morning right? Mel as a human mighta been hurt over that. I know I was. The bottom line is that somehow it has become taboo to point out things that are factual that are related to Jewish people. And another thing Stollentroll, riddle me this: How come the majority of the Jewish people are white? Especially the ones that run entertainment. ------------------------------- Cool out for a minute and think on that. Then think about how honest you really want to be. How righteous are you really? And how bad can Mel Gibson really be?

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who thinks that Mel's latest.........

    by Cotton McKnight

    comments, the bashing of the Bush administration, is just a way for him to get in good graces with the jews in hollywood? Seems pretty obvious to me.. AS those people put politics and left wing ideology over personal conviction and faith.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    They say "Jews in Hollywood", not me.

    by Cotton McKnight

    I assume that term is referring to Spielberg, Katzenberg, Reineretc etc etc., who are all power players in Hollywood, who are all offended by Mel's remarks, and who are as liberal as the day is long. Seems pretty obvious to me that he is trying to suck up to them.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Mel's Best...

    by Flexfill

    My life fades, the vision dims. And all that remain... are memories. I remember Max. The road warrior.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    --ROAD WARRIOR: Voiceover Introduction

    by Flexfill

    "My life fades, the vision dims. All that remain are memories... they take me back... I remember a time of chaos... ruined dreams... this wasted land. But most of all, I remember the Road Warrior, the man we called Max. To understand who he was you have to go back, to another time... when the world was powered by the black fuel, and the deserts sprouted great cities of pipe and steel..." That's what I meant to say.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    1982 was the year of great Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror.

    by Flexfill

    Films released in 1982... The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, E.T., John Carpenter's The Thing, Tron, Poltergeist, Blade Runner, and Conan the Barbarian. That was one fuck of a year.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Tony Mike Hall - The Angry Geek!

    by glodene

    Dude! I thought that Anchorite had issues, but you so need to get laid. There are so many things to fixate on as oppose to nailing Mel Gibson to the Cross over a drunken rant. It's not like he's a powerful political figure that can affect any negative and/or positive change, so whether he appologizes to your standards or not, will in all probability, not change yours' or anyone elses life for better or worse...And dispite popular belief, Jews are not everyones center of the universe, so please try to refrain from using this forum as your own "WAILING WALL". Peace.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Some people will contend that...

    by Flexfill

    The Road Warrior was a 1981 release, but the film was only released in Australia that year. It didn't hit American shores until Summer 1982.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    I hope this doesn't take away from the film...


    It would be shame it was overlooked in favor of all the b.s. coming out of the press these days.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 1:34 a.m. CST

    News taking things out of context, who knew!

    by Kampbell-Kid

    If you believe everything any news tells you, your pretty naieve. Bext example over the weekend with Clinton.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 4:39 a.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    You want it.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, the irony.

    by glodene

    Gee, where do I start. Evolve as a human race!?! Yet you spew out these hostile adjectives suchas "Spineless Turd & Fucktards", and not to mention in your earlier post, you reduced yourself to an immature adolescent by calling my mother a skank, and you have the gall to mention evolution? I'd bet that the Homo-habilis had more decorum and reason than your overly-emotional ass, so spare me your childish homo-phobic/erotic projections...Btw, you may want to appologize to GLAAD for that unnecessary tongue in Mel's ass comment.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Okay Tony Mike Hall...

    by Blue_Demon

    You say about the Jews, "You can trust them to tell you when Mel has adequately repented." The Defamation League says, "This is the apology we had sought and requested. We are glad that Mel Gibson has finally owned up to the fact that he made anti-Semetic remarks, and his apology sounds sincere. We welcome his efforts to repair the damage he has caused, to reach out to the Jewish community, and to seek help. Once he completes his rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, we will be ready and willing to help him with his second rehabilitation to combat this disease of prejudice." The Defamation League has accepted the apology. Let's move on, shall we?

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Tony Mike Hall

    by glodene

    Dang! Why are you so angry? Not once have I called you out of your name. Calm down son...You're taking this Mel shit way too serious. It's not healthy to carry all that hostility around.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by glodene

    There you go again, projecting. Not once did i imply that i was a Mel Gibson Apologist...In fact, in one of my earlier post, i suggested that you (and your ilk) "stop holding these self-absorbed thespiens/auteurs to a higher standard of moral conduct". Btw, will you please stop with all the homo-phobic metaphors...It's beneath you, Grow-up.

  • Sept. 29, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST


    by Capt. StrideR

    I expect it every time I read through the talkbacks. But cutting yourself just because Mel Gibson has not met with Jewish leaders borders on willful retardedness. Let's not put too much stock in the song and dance. He fucked up. He apologized. The issue of whatever reparations he needs to make is dead. You might not believe he's truly contrite, but let's not bullshit ourselves.

  • Sept. 30, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST

    "Basically, he came off like an a**hole..."

    by Mister Snitch

    "Basically, he came off like an a**hole, which is essentially what he is." Yeah, well JohnFR old boy, you ain't coming off so hot yourself. You really think the way to demonstrate that someone ELSE is an asshole is to act like an even BIGGER asshole?

  • Oct. 1, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Tons of celebs have insulted

    by Nabster

    muslims. Such as Dennis Miller, or Howard Stern, to name a couple. But people aren't up in arms when that happens. Mels past his prime anyway, but insulting 90% of hollywood probably isn't the smartest thing to do. And yea Jewish people are notorious for helping each other out. But there are many small religons or groups that act in such a manner.