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Mel Goes Ballistic -- "Lady, F**k Off!"

3/23/2007 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Mel Gibson exploded in anger last night on a college campus after an expert on Mayan culture accussed him of racially stereotyping the Mayans in the movie "Apocalypto."

It happened last night at Cal State University at Northridge in the San Fernando Valley. Gibson was speaking to a film class about his movies, and several members of the Mayan community came to hear the famous director.

After Gibson's presentation, the crowd was allowed to ask questions. Alicia Estrada, an Assistant Professor of Central American Studies at CSUN, challenged Gibson, asking him if he had read about the Mayan culture before shooting the controversial film. Gibson said he had.

Estrada persisted, stating that representations in the movie that the Mayans engaged in sacrificial ceremonies and had bloodthirsty tendencies were both wrong and racist. Estrada and others tell TMZ that Gibson exploded in anger, responding, "Lady, F**k off."

We're told Gibson also became extremely angry when members of the Mayan community protested on how they were portrayed in the film. The emotional Mayan members were escorted out of the room, and we're told Gibson screamed a parting shot -- "Make your own movie!"

UPDATE: Gibson's publicist, Alan Nierob, told TMZ, "This person was a heckler who was rude and disrupted the event, so much so that the event organizers had to escort her out." For the record, Nierob, not Howard Rubenstein, reps Gibson.


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Cindy K    

If they thought Mel's movie was inaccurate I'm curious as to why they are just saying something about it now. His movie was released a while ago and I haven't heard anything negative about it. It seems like the only reason they are saying anything was because they were able to see him in person. Something smells to me and it isn't Mel in this incident.

2778 days ago

K. Jackson    

This guy is nuts but I love him! You go Mel!

2778 days ago

Billy Ray Bobby Joe    

It's a damn fictionalized movie, for christ sakes. Leave it up to the libtard college professor crowd to go berserk over this. Mel was right to tell them to f*** off. And do these so called professors really thing people are going around bashing Mayans because of Mel's movie? If so, these profs have no business teaching.

2778 days ago

jack moss    

Go Mell,

This was obviously a set up and the coordinators should have done a better job to keep the revisionist leftist nutroots out.

2778 days ago


Mr. Gibson was an invited guest and as such should have been treated with respect. It has become very popular to interupt, yell, show signs to invited speakers they choose not to agree with.

Mr. Gibson had the right to tell them off. He does not need anger management! This group was wrong. This was a movie. Al Gore.... is wrong no one is on his case or should I say no one is allowed to.

2778 days ago


#10 -- good job - totally agree --

I think that Mel went waaayyyy toooo far with the drunk traffic diarreah mouth episode -- but WTH??? come on - when people are pushed, pushed, pushed - dont you think they should be able to push back? whether you like the methods or not -- you have to understand it a little.

2778 days ago


Tell the Mayan to stop cryin'!

2778 days ago


yeah man, Gibson's money and Gibson's movie. He don't gotta tell someone else's story. Find the money and film your story and we can critizies you..... it's a Hollywood movie and all Hollywood movies are full of entertaining lies..... lies: it's what Hollywood sells.

2778 days ago


I just returned from a honeymoon to the Yucatan to visit Mayan ruins. The Mayan tour guides stated emphatically that Apocalypto was very ACCURATE. The people who accuse Gibson are simply publicity seeking liberals who need to get a grasp on reality. Maybe they need to take his advice seriously. Jeez.

2778 days ago


ya F@*k Off LADY! and make you own movie if you think you can..

2778 days ago

Jo Jo    

Why aren't all these angry black rappers who rap about violence toward women, women as sex objects, glorifying crime, constant yelling and complaining about everything--why aren't they sent to anger management classes? That's the racial discrimination.

2778 days ago

AD Jones    

I'm surprised Mel didn't break her neck, drink her blood, and leave. He's a vampire you know.

2778 days ago

At one time, we were all blood thirsty savages. He made a movie about an ancient civilization, not a current one. Lighten up you damn attention whores.

2778 days ago

jack moss    

Dave C,

Your comments have been forwarded to the FBI, communitication of a threat via the internet is a felony

2778 days ago

carol ard    

Poster # 6 You are totally out of line and you are critizing Mel Gibson! Calling for his death! MORON!

2778 days ago
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