- Does actor and director Mel Gibson deserve a Hollywood-style
blacklisting because of "anti-Semitic comments" he made to a
cop during a hum-drum DUI arrest? The simple answer is this: No. Never.
Not even close.
- In fact, though Gibson should certainly be rebuked for
his threats to an arresting officer, emotional outburst, and the idiotic
timing of his political remarks, he should be respected for his bold conclusions.
- As for his sin of drunkenness, Gibson's measured alcohol
level of .12 amounts to about three drinks. That's pretty modest considering
it was going on 3 am. On any given weekend night, Gibson was probably
less intoxicated than about than a third of drivers who manage to make
it home without incident. In most states he probably wouldn't have even
been arrested, since .10 blood alcohol level is the historic norm for determining
intoxication. As for his political comments, now it gets complicated.
- No question about it, Mel's in hot water. But it's primarily
with the T hought Police in American media and their cronies in Culture
Control. Don't expect Oscar-winner Gibson to emerge months from now as
if nothing happened. This isn't a mere drug bust, assault charge, or even
a comment disparaging of the Pope or motherhood. Mel Gibson has gone way
over the top: he's offended international Jewry.
- Just what was his most "disgraceful" remark?--that
"the Jews are responsible for all the world's wars"? Oh my!
Never! No truth there! Here's another unforgivable line (to the arresting
officer): "Are you a Jew"? How rude! Criminal! Just thinking
about it makes me tremble.
- Now it's well known that some elements within organized
Jewry tried to destroy Gibson for producing "The Passion of Christ",
so his paranoia over Jewish interference in his affairs is not without
warrant. But suppose Gibson's remarks were simply: "The Jews find
themselves enmeshed in so many of the worlds' wars... how interesting."
And suppose he merely asked the arresting cop, "are you Jewish?".
What then? The headline fodder would likely be gone. At that point,
the whole incident would properly be nothin more than a curious 'So What?'.
But instead, Gibson foolishly showed his hand.
- By contrast, suppose we change Gibson's 'bigoted"
remarks from "F**king Jews" to "F**king Christian Fundamentalists".
Would anyone even notice? Certainly, there would be no Hollywood hysteria
over the comment. In fact, he'd more likely be the toast of the town,
possibly feted with a Free Speech Award from the ACLU.
- But as every public figure knows, offending Jews is not
the same thing as offending Christians. No sireee.
- Indeed, the gatekeepers who manufacture and regulate
public anxiety want desperately to keep the heat on Mel. Why? They know
that Mel's not on their side. Indeed, Gibson certainly understands--and
probably disdains--international Jewry for their political project know
as the State of Israel. Thus, the real issue isn't Gibson's alleged "bigotry",
but duplicitous and lethal conduct of the Jewish State.
- The big story here is the perverse double standard concerning
religion and ethnicity that we Americans continuously endure. For instance,
if an African-American indelicately generalizes about how "f**cking
whites enslaved blacks" am I going to get huffy over it? Nope. Will
complaints follow, charges be filed? Not on your life. Truth--even a
kernel of truth--makes for a valid argument. Let the debate begin! Americans
of European descent accept their exceptional and imperfect role in world
history, including the institution of slavery (which they abolished).
- For matters "of concern to the Jewish community"
however, the opposite is true. Untoward generalizations at any time are
simply unacceptable. Never, never, never. And the American government's
unwavering commitment to the Jewish State reflects this unrelenting obligation.
- As for Gibson's political comments, are we supposed to
believe that organized Jewry isn't deeply involved in orchestrating wars
in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and Lebanon? Don't be silly. Now the
case can be argued many ways, but no one can dispute the fact that this
glorious tribe of geniuses, victims and survivors--many of whom operate
at the highest levels in Washington, Hollywood, New York and Tel Aviv--regularly
finds itself in the middle of political meltdowns. And as the bodies accumulate
in Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza, those on the front lines whose villages are
now barren fields surely know who's responsible. That's the main subtext
in the overblown Gibson Affair. Only it's not coming soon to a movie theater
- But let's agree on this: Gibson does owe an apology,
but it's to the arresting officer, who he threatened for arresting him.
Problem is, Hollywood wants Gibson's head for defying their greatest taboo,
namely, criticizing the Chosen People. This is Kosher McCarthyism, plain
- And it's particularly ironic coming from Tinsel Town
with its levels of drug addiction, infidelity, billion-dollar porn-casting
and open-faced warmongering.
- No, the Arab world doesn't hate us for our freedoms.
They hate us for our vices and hypocrisy.
- So please don't write off (or shun) Mel Gibson. He should
certainly be forgiven. Indeed, one can be a fine person, even if one dislikes
Jewish behavior and politics. How is that? Hatred is a burden. No one
wants to hate. And Gibson I bet would rather love than (secretly) dislike
some of his Jewish colleagues in Hollywood. Yet he's probably found himself
disliking many Jews, possibly because of their attitudes and actions which
are connected to their sense of superiority associated with being Jewish.
It's an unpleasant but rational decision. But one needn't hate all Jews
because of the actions of some individuals and Zionist Jews in particular.
- And this distinction surely needs to be made. Similarly,
Jews shouldn't necessarily hate their harshest critics. A war of words
needn't bring about bloodshed. But the political and cultural power held
by Jews makes them an omnipresent force which affects us all. Often very
negatively. The expanding (and perpetual) Mideast wars are just one example
of their extraordinary power.
- If and when world Jewry changes its oppressive, duplicitous
ways, one should forgive them and make peace. I hope that happens soon.
For now however, during this time of needless, aggressive wars, disdain
for international Jewry is less a sign of bigotry than an indicator of
- Today, Zionism deserves to be disdained. Pundits will
dismiss this as anti-Semitism. But don't be fooled. Jewish political
conduct deserves reform. It's chauvinistic underpinnings are out of step
with modern attitudes (and law) which advance equality and would otherwise
have the U.S. behave with true impartiality in the Middle East and beyond.
- Thus, the very term "anti-Semite" has become
junk propaganda. It's an overreaching smear. One's character and personality
shouldn't be measured against their level of devotion to things Jewish.
How absurd. How narcissistically... Jewish. Yet they've hoisted this
burdensome masquerade on the Christian world and many have accepted it;
so much so that they're willing to launch wars for Israel. Mel Gibson
surely understand this, and considers it wrong.
- There are many unethical people who do terrible things
each and every day. If it turns out that they absolutely and uncritically
LOVE Israel and the Jews, does this make them virtuous? George W. Bush
apparently thinks so.
- Why then should otherwise ethical people be judged negatively
if they consider collective Jewish actions deplorable? This is the absurd
choice imposed on us by defenders of organized Jewry. Many of us understand
that a lot of today's Jewish leaders act as foreign agents, representing
the interests of an ethnostate, headquartered in Tel Aviv, and whose grasping,
aggressive tentacles penetrate nearly every nation on earth.
- The global, Zionist movement undermines national sovereignty
world-wide and threatens freedom-loving people everywhere. To discourage
any whistleblowers, Jews propagandize every corner of the globe with Holocaust
lore and then tar their political opponents as "Nazis" or "anti-Semites".
They also work tirelessly to censor their political opponents. These anti-democratic
tactics deserve to be tossed in the trash bin of Orwellian mind control.
- At this moment in history, world Jewry is delibarately
doing damage to America, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and many other countries
as they militantly advance Israeli interests over all others. Many people
are suffering greatly, enduring constant fear, and/or being killed. This
- If this makes me an anti-Semite then I wear the badge
- Mark Green is an independent political commentator, former
TV talk show host and co-founder of MarWenMedia.com (http://www.marwenmedia.com)
- "Many rabbis and professionals have told me recently
that they fear for their jobs should they even begin to articulate their
doubts about Israeli policy--much less give explicit support to calls for
an end to the occupation."
- -- Rabbi Michael Lerner April 28, 2002 in the Los Angeles