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04 August 2006

Mel's Passions

It does not seem unreasonable to suppose that Gibson would develop some bitterness towards the Jewish community in the wake of their terribly unfair treatment of The Passion of the Christ. But it seems more likely to me that Mel always had these feelings, thinly veiled, and the literati's over-reaction to Passion was driven by in-the-know awareness of his anti-Semitic mindset. Generally I agree with Udolpho's take on this - the film ought to stand on its own. The unbearably patronizing stance of all those who assured us that the movie would poison our dim Christian minds opened a vast new front in the culture wars that we didn't need - a whole lot of bitterness, anger and resentment over nothing.

10 Comments:

Anonymous jimbo said...

Somewhat perversely, I actually thought much better of Mel when I found out that one of the cops he laid his antisemitic rap on actually was jewish. Drunk or not, going on about jewish conspiracies seemingly out of the blue during a routine traffic stop seemed a bit unhinged. But say that you are drunk out of your skull, get pulled over, and have had all the problems with jewish organizations Mel has had: you are confronted by that extreme rarity, a Jewish cop. It would seem pretty easy for a drunk mind to construct a conspiracy out of that. Its not an excuse, but it's at least a little more understandable...

August 05, 2006 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put jimbo clone, whoever you are. As a member of the recovery community, I can really see what a sick puppy Mel is, and it is quite clear in his two post episode statements that he understands the consequences of being so in the public´s eye and that drunkeness is no excuse. He´s got some serious step work to do. But he should start at 1 and do them in order.

August 05, 2006 6:08 AM  
Anonymous jimbo 1 said...

by the way, I thought I was the only real jimbo in the world.

August 05, 2006 6:09 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

I thought you were too, but I have to agree the other Jimbo made a damn good - dare I say Jimbo-esque - point. Mel is clearly unstable and a drunk, obsessed with violent imagery and vengeance. I'm looking forward to Apocalypto - looks to be an interesting flick.

August 05, 2006 7:31 AM  
Anonymous jimbo 1 said...

that is, if his backers don´t back out...

August 05, 2006 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But say that you are drunk out of your skull

At a measured blood-alcohol level of 0.12% Gibson was scarely intoxicated. Until about 20 years ago it would have been legal to drive at that level.

Peter
Iron Rails & Iron Weights

August 05, 2006 1:56 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Gibson was smashed - did you see the picture in the Post today? I think it's been at least 30 years since the BAC was .15 - and back then the BAC was not in common use - it was officers' testimony that usually held sway. It's been .10 until recently. I've been assured from friends who found themselves on the wrong end of a .10 reading that even at that level you are indeed drunk.

August 05, 2006 7:11 PM  
Anonymous jimbo 2 said...

I was unaware there was another Jimbo around here - I post under Jimbo in most places blogospheric. And as for being a "real" Jimbo - some days I feel more real than others. Its a rather august name to live up to.


And as far as I know, Mel made enough money off "The Passion" (since he funded it entirely out-of-pocket) that he doesn't really need to worry about "backers"...

August 05, 2006 10:13 PM  
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