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This Week's Biggest Losers 08/05/06

8/5/2006 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Scott Baio, Barbra Streisand and Rob Schneider

For some, like Mel Gibson celebrity impersonator Rohn Evans or the pair of anonymous Ohio jokesters posting anew on the satirical blog "Mel's Musings," the actor's PCH flare-up is a bonanza. But for most others in the Zone, the events first reported by this website are akin to the French movie poster tag line for Mel's 1998 action flick Tequila Sunrise - "Un Cocktail Explosif."

Rob SchneiderRob Schneider: Many people feel it's still too soon for 9/11-themed movies such as "United 93" and next Wednesday's "World Trade Center." So imagine how those folks must feel about the full-page ad taken out by actor Rob Schneider in this past Thursday's Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety, as sort of a spoof of his own similar battle a year ago with L.A. Times columnist Patrick Goldstein over "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo." "I, Rob Schneider, a 1/2 Jew, pledge from this day forward to never work with Mel Gibson, actor-director-producer and anti-Semite..." the ad begins. It gets better with a gag about "Passion of the Christ 2," but overall, this is about as well-timed as the idea of a condemnation of Gibson by another half-Jewish actor (his "Air America" and "The Singing Detective" co-star Robert Downey Jr.).

Bruce DaveyBruce Davey: Formerly Mel's business affairs manager, this fellow Aussie joined forces with the actor to form Icon Productions. And what this past week's DUI disaster may have felled most regrettably in terms of the company's future worldwide box office bottom line is a second biblical passion project now far more ironic than iconic. Based on the book "My Glorious Brothers" by Howard Fast, the Gibson-directed film was to be all about the Maccabees, a Jewish people that retook Jerusalem from the Greeks in 167 B.C. and relit the Menorah. This now has about as much of a chance of getting made as that other desert uprising Icon Entertainment project, "Mad Max 4."

Scott BaioScott Baio: Just a few months before he was featured in a Bugsy Malone-centric episode of the British ITV series "After They Were Famous," the artist formerly known as Charles and Chachi suited up with Mel for a now-infamous 2003 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department PSA (resuscitated earlier this week right here on TMZ). The Internet can be a lethal weapon when it comes to reconfirming fading career pageantry, and so, tickled by this unexpected bit of street theater, fans have since been reacquainting themselves with Baio's latest film credits ("Super Babies: Baby Geniuses 2," "Van Horn: Tour of Duty"). It all adds up to a vibe somewhere in between Baio's VH1 pilot "Let's Kill Scott Baio" and the false reports of his death in 1997.

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand: Liberal pundits have been up in arms this week about the lack of Mel condemnation from folks such as Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jeff Berg, boss of Gibson's talent agency ICM. But what about Streisand, Malibu's Jewish den mother? She crossed paths, indirectly, with Mel at a 75th anniversary tribute show to Sinatra. But this, truly, was a golden opportunity for Babs to focus some fury at her neighbor and, in the process, goose sagging ticket sales for her upcoming concert tour. Instead, she allowed herself to be beaten to the punch by east coast namesake Barbara Walters.

Avi Korein: As head of something called the S.I.S.S. (Screen International Security Services), this 45-year-old Israeli has overseen bodyguard detail for A-listers such as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. But it is Gibson, Korein's personal client, who may now bring him a whole lot more bang for the buck. The actor's comments have inflamed the kooksphere, and – like Mel's Jewish publicist, Alan Nierob - Klein now finds himself caught up in some unusually resonant crossfire. Who knows, if things get really dicey, Klein might want to switch out the one-time potential star of "Mad Max 4" for his first big client, Bruce Willis, and the relatively easier task of keeping things kosher on the set of the upcoming "Die Hard 4."
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val    

TMZ-- you're still talking about mel gibson? LOL, you guys are pathetic. and hypocritical. where was the outrage whenever a celebrity slandered the christians or the outrage whenever hollywood produced fucked up depictions of any other racial minority group? are jewish people REALLY that hypocritical and self-absorbed?

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val    

So let me get this straight: Gibson, in his drunken stupor, says something stupid and it's a hate crime and the worst thing in the world BUT madonna can nail herself to the cross and TMZ is OK with that? WOW.

Mel has issued TWO apologies, both of which were profusely apologetic and some people still can't let go. it's so sad that some jews have to be so hateful and hypocritical. he's apologized, move on assholes.

I can't come onto this site anymore because your hypocrisy is disgusting.

2967 days ago
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val    

Remember the shit that Marlon Brando got for this:

Playboy magazine interview (January 1979): Brando was charged with anti-Semitism in regard to his opinion on double-standards set by Jews in Hollywood with respect to racial and cultural stereotyping: "You've seen every single race besmirched, but you never saw an unfavorable image of the Kike because the Jews were ever so watchful for that. They never allowed it to be shown on screen."

Larry King Live (April 1996): "Hollywood is run by Jews; it is owned by Jews, and they should have a greater sensitivity about the issue of -- of people who are suffering. Because they've exploited — we have seen the — we have seen the Nigger and Greaseball, we've seen the Chink, we've seen the slit-eyed dangerous Jap, we have seen the wily Filipino, we've seen everything but we never saw the Kike. Because they knew perfectly well, that that is where you draw the wagons around."

SO MOTHERFUCKING TRUE. Why are charges of antisemitism so much worse than other religious and racial bigotry?

2967 days ago
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Kathy    

I think everyone should leave Mel Gibson alone now. What a shock--the man is a regular human being like everyone else. He said some really stupid things under the influence. And I'd like to know who has been able to go through their entire life without saying or doing something they regret, with all their heart. And would any of these people want to have their reputation trashed on the basis of any of these things? The ONLY difference between Mel, and most of the rest of us, is that we don't have paparazzi,and muckraking "journalists" following us around waiting for us to make a mistake. I see a human being in pain--and people need to let him heal! I hope he's able to beat the alcohol--it's a tough thing to beat!

2967 days ago
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BB Rivas    

Yes, it is true. All tMr. Levin (Levine) has accomplished is fuel a fire that was waiting to be ignited again and again. Truth is, Jews have nothing over the KKK . Yes they suffered but so have so many more and they continue. Look at poor Madonna, heaven help her. What a freak of nature. She is the Nora Desmond of the Millenium. Poor dear lady, pushing 50 and wants to look like 20. Body is good but oh my, the face, whats that word the jews say when they see something scarry. Poor, poor Esther!

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Bibble    

someone mentioned why anti-semitisim is so much worse...nawwwwwt reaaally. He called someone a monkey in Brooklyn, TRUST me it would be just as big. The notion is that if you "hate Jews," Blacks, gays, Muslims, midgets can't be too far behind.

Its funny. The main common sense problem I've noticed is that other races and religions don't sign Mel's pay check or process his goals. So being mad at him won't hurt as much as people saying "their okay with him" and losing his sh*t from time to time. Piss of the hamburger joint guy and see if there is not sh*t in your sandwich. He still served you and until you get sick, your okay with him

2967 days ago
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Dimples    

Mel Gibson sucks. When he was drunk his true feelings came out.

2967 days ago
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Joan Richard    

You helped bash Paris Hilton and when people agree with you, you switch over and defend her. Are you willing to do that with Mel Gibson also? Leave the man alone.

2967 days ago
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Aine de brun    

i am a little confused so maybe you can help me out. from what i have read so far after combing the internet is that mel was stupid drunk and made a comment about jews and the current war situation. am i wrong here? i don't think i am hearing anti semitism...i think i am hearing somebody in the wrong place at the wrong time express how he feels about the current political climate in israel. can't begin to tell you how many times i have heard people say "f*****g muslims" since 9/11 and expressed their anger over our current state of affairs. have i missed something? doesn't sound like anti semitism....sounds like anti war.

2967 days ago
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Cathy Neal    

Any celebrity that speaks out against Mel Gibson at this time is missing the boat. It is not nice to kick someone when they are down. Those who speak poorly of him need only remember, the camera seeks you too. It's only a matter of time when you too are so closely scrutinized.

Heads up!

2966 days ago
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SP    

I agree with a lot of these guys, were is the outrage over comments made about Christians by entertainers or in polotics. Is there a double standard or what? This could be just an attempt to get back at Mel for going out on his own with Passion and making it one of the biggest movies ever more than anything.

2966 days ago
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Kevin Bannister    

Wake-up all you deniers. Mel Gibson is anti-semitic beyond just words. He has taken concrete actions to put his money behind his intolerance. He has funded a gettaway resort and bible study programs in Malibu specifically for Catholic priests who oppose Vatican II (the series of reformations from the Pope directly which finally, and officially, declared that the Jews were not culpable for the death of Jesus Christ). He has never condemned of refuted any of the words of his more openly anti-Semitic father. He claims that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the entire history of the world. Give me a break people. Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite, clear as a bell. And don't forget that age-old saying: "in vino veritas", which means, "in wine, there is truth." Mel Gibson was drunk, so all of his inhibitions were destroyed and his true inner feelings, thoughts and desires came out. That's what alcoholl does: It lets you express your true self without andy fear of retribution. So what he said is 100% his word and his belief. He is only now apologizing for "his actions" in a greedy attempt to salvage his career, which clearly will go down the tubes. And don't forget: So far, as of August 6, 2006, he still ahs not actually directly said that he does not believe the Jews are guilty for Christ's death and that he disagrees with the many nasty, mean (and untrue) things his father has said about Isreal.

2966 days ago
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Anne Winkler    

Mel Gibson is a wonderful actor, I have always loved and respected him and will certainly continue to do so. All you hypcrites need something to dwell on and leave him alone.. I wish everyone that loves Mel would go out and buy any and everything he's done and give him all our support and love.. How about it all you great Mel fans?? Thanks

2966 days ago
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Anne Winkler    

This is one time that we people who love from the heart, speak up on behalf of Mel Gibson. He's no worse that anyone who wrote all the ugly crap about him, I believe his apologies came from the heart and are very sincere . I believe he is truely sorry for something he did when he was drunk... Drinking is also a sickness just like the one that causes hateful people to speak hate from their mouth.. You all; that are so mean, are just jealous.. All this publicity will surely help him...

2966 days ago
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Dan    

First of all, I wasn't aware that OJ, Michael Jackson, Nixon, etc, were "forgiven", and if you don't think Woody Allen's box office has been hit by his marrying his stepdaughter, you're nuts.

Second of all, I don't believe how fast the "enough already" cries started. Given this schmuck's track record on the issue of anti-semitism, do you really think he just gets some bad press for a few days, and that's it? Face it, the guy's got to show he really isn't the bigoted ass he now appears to be, and he ought to do it by making his own statement, not through the canned damage control of some publicist. BTW, Melinda, I'm SOOO sorry my people are "ANNOYING ANNOYING ANNOYING" you. We'll be sure to ask you about our image before we express any more opinions the next time one of your hypocritical idols goes off on an anti-semitic rant. Shall we have other minorities check in with you too?

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