In regards to the Mel Gibson incident, I'm afraid this kinda puts me over the top as far as believing he is anti-semitic.
I gave him the benefit of the doubt throughout the rumors to the effect and despite his dad apparently a fanatic on the subject (I don't think it is fair to hold someone to account for their parent's foibles unless the person directly supports them). I thought some of the anti-semitic charges might have had to do with other biases, including anti-Christian ones. The fact that he was currently playing the role of maverick in the sleazy
However, this incident, with the "Protocols of Zion" rhetoric, claiming Jews are responsible for all the wars comment, is pretty disturbing and hard to excuse.
Yeah, yeah, I know he was drunk.
I know that all of us have prejudices and dark thoughts that we have to contain and control, and getting blitzed lowers those restraints.
Being a civilized, decent person does not mean your don’t have any prejudices or evil thoughts. It means being able to control them, using reason and compassion to counter those impulses.
I would never judge a person on a single incident because of all this, but as a pattern emerges, one has to draw certain conclusions.
It is disappointing for several reasons.
One, I have enjoyed Gibson as an actor, as a director, and his apparent lack of ego despite his success. I thought of him as decent guy, considering.
Two, it seems to confirm that one cannot be work in movies without being some kind of basket case or nut-job.
Three, this hatred of Jews seems to spread like a virus and is just as virulent. One can almost sense something meta-physical in it.
Now it appears Gibson is entering rehab. Hope it helps. Perhaps Hezbollah, Hamas and a good portion of the left needs to enter rehab as well.