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Mel Gibson's Jewish Problem

Mel Gibson's Jewish Problem

Based on my previous interviews with the Gibson family, nothing Mel said comes as a surprise.

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NEW YORK, NY August 1, 2006: I exclusively interviewed Mel Gibson's father, Hutton Gibson, three times during a highly charged time in the United States, just one week prior to the launch of The Passion in February 2004. This is why I can state emphatically that the hoopla surrounding Mel Gibson's comments comes as a bit of an anti-climax.

When Mel defiantly expressed to the world during an interview with Dianne Sawyer on February 16, 2004, that the integrity and morality of his father was sacrosanct - even though the octogenarian was a notorious longtime Holocaust denier - he cast his lot with the callous philosophy his father discharges.

Mel had every opportunity to walk the proper path without compromising his father-son bond: denounce the abhorrent views of the father while continuing to affirm his birthright love for him.

Mel's character reveals much about a troubled family obsessed with demonizing another faith. He was reared in a family whose patriarch has spent his life discrediting others dissimilar to him. Whether through his father's monthly newsletters or media interviews, you were either for Latin Mass and against the "looming world Jewish domination," or against God.

That is why I repeated over and again on the talk-show circuit that Mel's drink-and-tell-all anti-Jewish revelation would only be a matter of time in the making. And what was perhaps most fascinating about his tirade this past Saturday evening, was his word-for-word parroting of his father. In Mel's rage he feared that the policeman was Jewish and claimed that Jews were the source of all wars. Well, like father like son. Hutton stated to me that WWI & WWII were waged as part of a Jewish plot, that in fact every war was orchestrated by the Jewish bankers and corporate magnates to reap financial gain at the expense of the Christian.

In my discussions with Hutton, I was actually most interested in what was his children thought of his philosophy and worldview. He proudly confirmed that the "first generation" - referring to his ten adult kids - resoundingly supported his perspective regarding the Holocaust et al. One of the pillars of his outlook that he chose to share with me include: "I don't know what the Jewish agenda is except that it's all about control. They're after one world religion and one world government."

Mel alluded to sharing his father's visions all too many times before. During his interview with Sawyer the actor had stated resolutely that his father was "a moral man," and that his father "is a man of truth." His categorical unwillingness to distant himself from his father's opinions culminated in a foreboding caution to Sawyer, "I'm tight with him. He's my father. Gotta leave it alone, Diane. Gotta leave it alone."

And when asked during a Readers Digest exclusive if the Holocaust was a uniquely Jewish experience, it was as if pulling teeth when Mel replied that there were "some Jews killed."

And what about future Gibsons? It was the next generation - the grandkids - who Hutton Gibson was most concerned about, that they may not carry forth his call to arms as resolutely. Unfortunately, he has little need to worry just yet, as this trans-generational cycle of hate is alive and well in the Gibson family. I had interviewed Mel's nephew as well, seventeen-year-old Tiernan Gibson, who is the son of Hutton's Houston-based daughter. He was as absolute in his Holocaust denial as his grandfather. His enlightened "education" about the murder of six million Jews came at the Latin mass only St. Jude's Shrine just outside of Houston. Father Louis J. Campbell, a Brooklyn-born Holocaust denier, is his spiritual mentor. But, then, so is Uncle Mel, Grandfather Hutton, his mother, their friends, church president, and so on.

The denigration of others will never come to a close unless bold steps are taken to deny carte blanche access to haters like the Gibsons.

But then again, I think this whole outburst was a Machiavellian maneuver to generate another wave of over-the-top coverage and create another division in society of Gibson defenders versus the accusers for one principal beneficiary: Gibson. His latest flick, Apocalypto, is due for release this summer.

Published: July 31, 2006


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Visitor Comments: 72

(72) Glenn, March 12, 2013 11:07 PM

MELANCHOLIA?

I have met Mel Gibson on two occasions, and he came across as a likeable, easy-going guy.However, like all of us, he has his own axes to grind over certain issues in his life, and has a chip on his shoulder about something as well. Was this a result of his upbringing?...more than likely?...Was this a result of his Religion?...very much so!
As with all of us, he obviously still has issues in his life that have never been addressed, or dealt with, and maybe because he does NOT see them as issues?
Despite Mel's wealth and fame, his own insecurities are quite obvious, as is the fact his Father looms and lords over him like some spectre in the sky!
At the end of the day we must however accept that well known saying that "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks"...So whether Mel is sober or under the influence of alcohol, he speaks out whats already deep inside his heart/mind!
Being drunk only gives one the freedom and courage to loosen the tongue easier!
Should he be forgiven for what he has said?....most definitely
But he should also take on board the need to speak to somebody about what really is going on inside him!!

(71) EBen, June 5, 2011 4:27 PM

Don't waste your money on his movies!

I will never, I mean never, watch, support, or pay to see another mel gibson movie. I have lost all respect for him. How can someone with such media platform be so hateful towards us? Protest with your pocketbooks.

(70) Francine Lashinsky, May 30, 2011 11:08 PM

Boycott Mel Gibson's films.

Gibson's films are not good enough to waste ones money on. I suggest boycotting all his films. If he is hit in his wallet he will loose his national platform from which he spreads his hate.

(69) just me, October 31, 2010 6:08 PM

pity

it's a pity.he IS a role model in every movie he plays and his every role is a masterpiece. but i lost respect for him, hi is just a miserable looser and another abusive man in my book now. and i don't usually judge actors by gossips surrounding them.

(68) Anonymous, October 19, 2010 2:25 PM

Rather surprising that anyone is still interested to read about this person.

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