Aug 1, 2006

Mel Gibson Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Remarks

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Mel Gibson mug shotThis is the text of the second apology issued by actor Mel Gibson for comments he made on July 28, 2006 during his arrest on drunk driving charges. The statement was issued through his publicist Alan Nierob and advertising firm Rogers and Cowan.

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 apologize 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 apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.

The tenets of what I profess to believe necessitate that I exercise charity and tolerance as a way of life. Every human being is God’s child, and if I wish to honor my God I have to honor his children. But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.

I’m not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one on one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.

I have begun an ongoing program of recovery and what I am now realizing is that I cannot do it alone. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery. Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help. I know there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.

This is not about a film. Nor is it about artistic license. This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have. It’s about existing in harmony in a world that seems to have gone mad.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Crocdile Dundee tears - hahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed many of his films. Too bad I'll never watch any of them again. The scene in Braveheart where he's drawn & quartered should only have been the real thing. Oh well...

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historymike said...

Sorry, anonymous - no Stormfront spam, please.

Suss & The Family Stone said...

I am offended by what a celebrity thinks, and shocked that one has problems.

kooz said...

I think conservtives like Hannity and others on Fox News...Josh Gibson...are protecting him. Just tonight...Fox News anchor Josh Gibson said we shouldn't make such a big deal about it...he's ONLY an actor...but, they seem to care about what "liberal" actors think when it comes to Bush or the Iraq War.

Hannity pretty much did the same thing on his show tonight...and he is the last person who should criticize others for beating a dead horse. I should know...I work the board at WSPD during his show and for the last two years I swear the guy hasn't said anything new in ages....its always...sheehan, baldwin, liberals....but now he wants us to brush off the Gibson story...even going as far as saying we are an unforgiving society because there is so much focus on the story. Are you kidding me Sean? Hannity is the epitome of unforgiveness....

O.K. I'm done venting....and now, back to Sean Hannity!

Stefan Schmidt said...

As I have said on another blog, this puts a lot of conservatives who were close to Mel Gibson in a particularly tight spot. On the O’Reilly factor, Goldberg basically demanded that Conservatives take a stand against Mel Gibson. LOL! I did not watch Hannity tonight (I usually don’t except for rare occasions) but if he defended Mel then that is great news. Anything to drive a wedge between “traditional” (I am using this word loosely for the likes of Hannity) conservatives and neo-conservatives

Hooda Thunkit said...

They say that alcohol brings out the inner feelings.

I am sad that Mel could harbor such feelings/thoughts. I'm sad when anyone harbors such feelings/thoughts.

Otherwise, it affects me little.