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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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61.

Miapocca    

hahaha....they pull the Paris Hilton Racist story but they have a personal issue with Mel Gibson at TM Z because he is considered antisemitic.............................interesting OBEJ..hmm Subjective story from y'all..I guess the Hilton skank is still shagging your boss.

2734 days ago
62.

Only in    

#31 mISS vICKIE we put you in big pot of boiling water and cook you like big succulent pig,,mmmmmmmmmmmyou taste good

2734 days ago
63.

Ferrrrr    

Back off this guy, he was making a movie people, not a documentary.....these people should f*** off, just like he said.... why does his movie have to be 100% accurate, its a story...go find someone else to bother

2734 days ago
64.

Never inked up!    

Bottom line-The guy is a hot head. There is never a reason if your in the public eye, to go off on anyone. Hello, we are all going to hear about in 3 seconds after it happens. No time for recovery here Mel. Now all your critics can KEEP saying "See, I told you so, the guy is a whack job!"
Behave Mel and you won't have these problems anymore. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.

2734 days ago
65.

fdodgerfan    

He's nothing more than rich low class, just like the rest of them.
He couldnt even debate someone without using foul language.

2734 days ago
66.

YMMV    

Good Grief! It is a movie. I can't believe how many people take any movie SO seriously they feel the need to protest. It is a MOVIE, source of entertainment, not to be taken as gospel. *rolls eyes*

Mel is right! Don't like his movie, make your own or don't see it. Seems so simple, but eludes so many.

I agree with you American Girl( #8)...the race card is whipped out at every turn of controversy. Using it constantly seems to dilute the meaning.

2734 days ago
67.

Linda    

Liberals at it again!!! Its only a movie and why in America does everyone feel there is a need to complain constantly. By the way I really would like to see more family movies(good stories, no sex or extreme violence) being made. All we are getting is desensitizing junk.

2734 days ago
68.

Texas Jim    

Members of the Mayan community? How many would that be...3?

I'm opposed to how robots were prortayed in I,ROBOT.
I'm opposed to how single celled animals were portrayed in THE BLOB.
And ants are not the bloodthirsty killers as portrayed in THEM.
And Martians definitely have a bone of contention with how they were portrayed in SANTA CLAUS vs. THE MARTIANS.

2734 days ago
69.

SICKOFTHEM    

maybe he was drunk

2734 days ago
70.

Rich    

Hell, I would have done the same thing. People coming in and disrupting his dialogue with students by protesting should be told what he said. What he said is said a million times a day in the U.S., and it's only bad when a conservative says it.

2734 days ago
71.

mark in raleigh    

WAY TO GO MEL.YOU THE MAN. DONT PUT UP WITH LIBERAL HECKLERS.JUST SAY WHAT YOU MEAN AND DONT APOLOGIZE LIKE MOST WEAZLES DO WHEN THE PRESS REPORTS ON THEM. AM PROUD OF YOU,,AND I AM A BAPTIST...MARK IN N.C.

2734 days ago
72.

Dark Knight    

I'm sick of this guy. A person states their opinion and you go all psycho on her? And the most intelligent comeback you have for her viewpoint is a swear word? Real mature Mel. Hopefully people will start seeing that this is how he really is and he's charmed you all to make money off you all for years. Can't wait to hear the excuses. Depression? Drunk again? Change in medication? Just waiting for one of the usual excuses for why this happened. How about the truth, this is simply how Mel is.

2734 days ago
73.

morris    

It's a MOVIE! Likely just as accurate as that Al Gore "Documentary"! Go Mel!! I for one am sick and tired of all this PC BS!

2734 days ago
74.

frannie    

Mel got caught again. What a loser. Mel go back from where you came from and take your booze with you. We don't want to see your racist movies anymore.

2734 days ago
75.

Kraig    

Mel you rock.
Now make me a movie on the "peaceful religion of Islam"

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