I have been struggling all week as to my feelings about Mel Gibson’s tirade, DUI, and antisemitic remarks. Let me be the first to say that I have never been drunk and said things I regretted saying or things I have done. If you actually believe that then I’m a better actor than Gibson ever was. If anyone out there has been drunk, then I would bet you too have some actions that you might regret or have said things you would like to take back. Alcohol is not bigoted, as it can make anyone stupid (Daddy we don’t say that word).
I know Gibson is a deeply religious man, and we all heard about that when he made the highly acclaimed film The Passion of The Christ. He has deep seeded beliefs, and he has remained consistent in that realm. Does he actually believe the racist and despicable statements he made? I can’t be sure but you can bet if growing up with a father that had these beliefs, he may have some underlying thoughts along those lines. It’s not much different than me not liking the Oakland Raiders because I’m a Broncos fan and passing those beliefs on to my children. If his father, Hutton Gibson, was zealous in teaching his son, you can imagine the ambiguity he would face growing up.
I know Gibson was not apologizing to me because there is not a Jewish bone in my body. I do accept his apology however and hope that his demons can be slain. Sometimes it is easy to forgive, but hard to forget. It will be interesting to watch as time goes on and whether these demons return. It seems that he has had problems with alcohol his entire life, and like any other disease I hope he can be cured.
Mel Gibson has been married for 26 years and he and his wife have 7 children, a daughter and six sons. I mention him as a Genuine Celebrity Dad not because I endorse him as a husband and father. I merely hope that he can pass some wisdom on to his sons that being like him may have consequences, that drinking can make things bad for you, and that racism or bigotry in any form should not be tolerated. As an actor and director I praise his talent and his work, but as a father this is not the example he should be setting. I have no doubt he loves his family, this is a great opportunity to show us how much.
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