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BULLETIN: Gibson: "I'm Not an Anti-Semite"

8/1/2006 11:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel GibsonLOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mel Gibson says there's "no excuse" and there should be "no tolerance" for "anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark." In a statement, Gibson says, "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 D-U-I charge."

Gibson goes on to say, "I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith." He asks to meet with leaders of the Jewish community for what he calls a "one-on-one discussion" to find "the appropriate path for healing."

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241.

Carlos    

Hey, there is a good thing in all of this: Mel really cares about wars.
Meanning that the guy is pissed off because of wars and his perception that the Jews are the cause of them, made him lash out at the Jews.
So he needs a leson in history. What place would be better than Gaza.
I think he should be sent to Gaza to learn about the correct history of jewish wars.

2814 days ago
242.

Louise    

Dear Mel,

How ya feeling NOW, bozo balls? (insane laughter)

Signed,
Sugartits

Thought to bring some levity and hopefully some brevity to this insane circus! Now, lets ALL go out and buy a life, they are on sale at Gall-mart!

2814 days ago
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Erik A.N. Kon (Amsterdam)    

We already knew Mel Gibson to be a reactionary, we now have confirmed he is an anti-semite (in Dutch we have the saying that "only children and drunks telll the truth") but by offering his apologies he now also becomes a coward, afraid of losing future income.

2814 days ago
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michael mannino    

i don't understand why mel is blaming just the jewish faith for war; all religions divide; spirituality brings us together!
is an anti-semitic arab a self-hating arab?

2814 days ago
245.

Deborah    

No matter how much money you pay the best publisist, Mel...You can't act or direct your way out of this one.
Alcoholism is a disease and I don't fault you for that. Rehab can cure your medical problem...
But it can't cure your deep rooted, well hidden anti-semitism. Hate for Jews is something taught by other hateful, angry people.
You have much more to work on than your alcoholism. Anti-semitism does not disappear with an apology.
It's only your career that you're concerned about.
Show your true support for the Jewish people? Let's see how serious you are and what you are willing to do?
Your words will always resonate, your true meaning will never fade... Deeds speak louder and truer than any interview and verbal apologies that your "camp" has devised to get your career back on track.
I will never see a movie made by you again. You are a disgraceful catholic.

2814 days ago
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Deborah    

No matter how much money you pay the best publisist, Mel...You can't act or direct your way out of this one.
Alcoholism is a disease and I don't fault you for that. Rehab can cure your medical problem...
But it can't cure your deep rooted, well hidden anti-semitism. Hate for Jews is something taught by other hateful, angry people.
You have much more to work on than your alcoholism. Anti-semitism does not disappear with an apology.
It's only your career that you're concerned about.
Show your true support for the Jewish people? Let's see how serious you are and what you are willing to do?
Your words will always resonate, your true meaning will never fade... Deeds speak louder and truer than any interview and verbal apologies that your "camp" has devised to get your career back on track.
I will never see a movie made by you again. You are a disgraceful catholic.

2814 days ago
247.

Iseult    

Burn in hell, Mel.

2814 days ago
248.

Leslie Ross    

What comes out of anyone's mouth while intoxicated cannot be discounted. Liquor opens the floodgates or our innermost feelings regardlless of how we present ourselves on a daily basis in all that we do. I am glad that he has sought help for his addiction(s) and only hope that he is seriously seeking recovery and not doing this due to the direction of his publicist and or agent.

I have a boyfriend who made a negative remark about gays at a party I had thrown several years ago.....and now when I introduce him to friends, I introduce him as a recovering homophobe. He doesn't appreciate this, but understands that you must admit and accept responsibility for his actions before he can GROW UP!!!!
and seek forgiveness. Talk is cheap. Walk the walk.

2814 days ago
249.

Allena    

Mel Gibson was drunk he said things he didnt mean......so why is it any different from anyone else like down the street?!?! There are much worse things that people do when drunk! So this shouldnt be such a big issue!

2814 days ago
250.

Shirl    

Give Mel Gibson a break!!!! At least he is facing his alcohol problem and taking full responsibility for it. More than Ted Kennedy did when he allowed a girl to drown a few years back because he was drunk and not man enough to take the blame for it. Doubt if he even got a slap on the wrist. He was not cruisified for it so why should Mel be???? WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

2814 days ago
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Joey Canyon    

This is not about Mel, not about Jews,or bigotry, or the Passion,the Holocaust, or drunk driving,this is a plan that has been going on since man arrived on the scene.Whether you believe in God or not, man isn't in charge here(isn't that evident with all past history)The Lord's word tells us this before it happens, and its being played out in front of our eyes, including the wars that are going on.This has turned into a platform for everyone else but Mel Gibson.Get out of your pajamas, take a shower, go to work, and try and do something nice for someone you don't know, lets let hate take a vacation for awhile, this is wearing me out.:)
JC in Colorado

2814 days ago
252.

Amre Amer    

For every Mel, there are hundreds, if not thousands of people out there who feel imtimidated about expressing their doubts or criticisms of Israeli policies in the middle-east, or Jewish influence in the US.

This fear of being branded an "anti-semite" just for expressing your opinions, causes people to go "underground" with their feelings. Then resentment sets in. Sooner or later, these festering beliefs explode, as in Mel's case.

So what happens next? Mel has to get down on his knees and beg for forgiveness. He has only begun. His knees will get really sore pretty soon. And for what? For expressing his opinion. And who knows, this might end his career. And for what, for expressing (granted, in an obscene way) what many others, including some Jews, might be feeling.

What should we be doing? We should be exploring what lies beneath Mel's comments. We should be exploring why we are so upset. If Mel had said that he believes "All wars are caused by Islam", or "All wars are caused by religion", or "All wars are caused by western white men", how would we have reacted. It wouldn't be as big an issue, I'm sure.

Why is it that only comments against Israel or Jews cause such an outrage?We don't need Mel's apology. We need an explanation. Because Mel is not alone. There needs to be an open discussion about these issues, without the fear of being called an anti-semite, or being called a "self-hating Jew", or being black-balled from Hollywood or politics, or wherever.

We can learn from Mel's experience. We can learn that we shouldn't suppress critical opinions of us just because we have the power to.

Now, I invite you all to criticise me.

2814 days ago
253.

e    

Cut the man some slack. He did a stupid thing, he knows it and is trying to apologize. At least he's remorseful unlike many others...

2813 days ago
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