Jul 29, 2006

Mel Gibson Blasts Jews During DUI Arrest

(Malibu, CA) I originally was going to ignore the news that Mel Gibson received a DUI early Friday morning. While drunk-driving is reprehensible, Gibson is hardly the first celebrity to rack one up.

Gibson, according to the sleuths at TMZ.com, apparently became belligrent, threatening officers and condemning Jews during a lengthy, drunken tirade. A copy of the handwritten report is available on the TMZ website.

The report notes that Gibson uttered a slew of anti-Semitic statements: "F*cking Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."

After this particular exchange Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"

The report indicates that Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f*cker. I'm going to f*ck you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me."

TMZ has a police department source that claims Gibson harassed a female sergeant, yelling, "What do you think you're looking at, sugar tits?"

Gibson took two videotaped blood alcohol tests, and repeatedly said how "f*cked" he was and how he was going to "f*ck" the deputy that arrested him for drunk driving.

TMZ also has some interesting information on how police officials may have tried to censor the report of the arresting deputy.

Gibson, who came under fire by some Jewish groups for the supposed anti-Semitic slant in Passion of the Christ, will likely have a lot of 'splaining to do, as the deputy's report is almost completely substantiated by video cameras.

Addendum, 6:08 pm: Since this story broke, actor Mel Gibson issued a statement apologizing for his drunk driving arrest and saying that he has battled alcoholism throughout his life.

"I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested," he said in a statement issued by his publicist. "I disgraced myself and my family with my behavior and for that I am truly sorry. I have battled with the disease of alcoholism for all of my adult life and profoundly regret my horrific relapse."

While acknowedging that he "said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable," Gibson did not specifically apologize for anti-Semitic and sexist remarks he made.

Gibson, 50, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after deputies stopped him for speeding at 2:36 a.m. Friday. Deputies clocked him driving 87 mph in a 45 mph zone, and a field breathalyzer recorded Gibson's blood-alcohol level at 0.12 percent.

Addendum, 11:04 pm: CNN has the full text of Gibson's apology letter.


McCaskey said...

The DUI, as you pointed out, is one thing.
The rest...
I wonder If Mel Gibson will continue to be the poster boy for the same conservative and Catholic groups that he became after releasing "The Passion."
Paging Michael Medved...

historymike said...


Good point about Mel's annointed role as leader of the Hollywood Right.

I toyed with placing an Amazon banner for Passion of the Christ or Mad Max at the top of the post, but I thought that would be in especially bad taste...

Anonymous said...

What a dumbass! And after all those cop films - he should know by now what happens when you mess with the cops, right?


Stefan Schmidt said...

This should not be taken literally—he was, after all, drunk. People say and do regrettable things when they are inebriated.

Dariush said...

Isn't his next film going to be about Masada? :)

P.S. - I have it on good authority that (at least as recently three or four years ago) a certain prominent rotund ex-Trotskyist British expat, (who now writes for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications) would host parties at his house where he would get absolutely fitshaced and proceed to say the most "anti-Semitic" things he could think of to every Jew at the party, right to their faces.

Mind you, he himself is Jewish enough to make Aliya and many (maybe even most) of his circle of friends and acquaintances are Jews.

McCaskey said...

Perhaps, Stefan.
On the other hand, "being under the influence" can also release some unpleasant, subconscious viewpoints that might otherwise remain hidden below the surface.
While some people might vent about the "fucking heat" or "my fucking boss" or this "fucking traffic", Mel Gibson rails against the "fucking Jews."

CorrineHGS said...

I believe that people say what they REALLY think when they're drunk. While Gibson is entitled to his bigoted opinions, he normally would have kept those opinions to himself., even though his views were highly suspect.
Still, it's a shame to see a talented person who can and has been a positive and productive person, destroy himself so publically.
I hope that he can rehabilitate himself and get the professional help he needs. Hopefully from a sensitive and highly trained Jewish physician :-)
As for forgiving his behavior, he himself has enormous regets, I'm sure, that he allowed himself to so degrade himself and disgrace his family and reputation. I wish him well tho.
And he needs to be a better Christian in deed. But then again-maybe he should convert and become a Rabbi? Everyone knows Rabbi's don't drink Mel.

-Sepp said...

Remember when hollywood drunks used to be funny as hell? Dean Martin...where are you now?

Don said...

For a brief instant, until I read the accompanying headline, I thought that picture was of Saddam Hussein...

I dunno, is there any truth to the old saying "in wine there is truth"?

Billy Pilgrim said...

As a recovering lager addict, I can sympathize with Mel's relapse, but his racist comments are beyond reproach. I believe I speak for both Bob and myself by wishing Mel a few months of tabloid embarrassment.

Kate said...

I think it's strange that when someone is famous people hold them to a different standard in most cases, than they would have for themself.

I was surprised to see the story on your site Mike. But the responses fell right down where I thought they would.


Chris said...

Mel is kooky. Check him out! http://www.melhatesjews.com

Hooda Thunkit said...

He tested .12, not bad enough to stop him from swallowing his foot (all of the way up to his ass), it would seem.

This ought to make for some powerful spinning...

Anonymous said...

Gibson's remark about the Jews causing all the wars in the world is indeed outrageous.

Why, at any given moment there are probably several inter-tribal wars going on in Africa that the Jews had nothing to do with.

Dariush said...

LOL to that last comment, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

This guy is a dumbass.

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sarah25 said...

I believe that he is apologizing to avoid any kind of mess with the cops. This just proves once again the fact that alcohol makes a dump out of you. And it also makes you say things which you will be very sorry, for a long time.