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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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76.

'Livies Dad    

It's a MOVIE!! Did he ever sat it was a documentary? Hollywood uses artistic license all the time. Are these alleged "Mayan-Americans" the newest members of the "victim club"? Just when you think this culture has hit bottom theres some new "victim" beginning to dig. Pathetic.

2718 days ago
77.

TOGO    

I belive that Mel did not go by the history and he makes his movies too gory. I will not watch any of his movies that are that gory again wether they come close to the truth or not.

2718 days ago
78.

smokeyjoe    

Welcome to the world of political correctness. Ever hear of the U of I Fighting Illini, according to the Liberal World it's not nice to be not nice but it's ok to fill up the music world with language a drunken sailor (oops, another one) doesn't even use.

2718 days ago
79.

Oh, puleeaase!    

It's called, "CONTROL" - people. Whether you like the movie or not really doesn't matter. This man truly needs *anger management classes* ASAP!!! It's disgusting how this man/father behaves. Absolutely NO SELF-CONTROL at all. What a shame.

2718 days ago
80.

Poppa Nut    

You should not have to explain yourself Mel. I'd tell her and all of the PC people to f**k off too!!!!!

2718 days ago
81.

Michelle    

Mel desperately needs some kind of professional help. Fine to disagree, but he is out of control. If he doesn't get help, and fast, you can stick a fork in him , because he's done!

2718 days ago
82.

MJ    

It's a freakin movie for christs sake, why the hell is anyone offended by a dramatic movie. That is why they call it DRAMA.

2718 days ago
83.

tom    

Anger managemnet classes? The Communist Chinese call it re-education

2718 days ago
84.

Larry wanna a cracker?    

Another 'cry for help' from Nazi Mel. Stay ON this creep, TMZ. I love watching Mel self-destruct and he deserves every bit of exposure he so obviously desires.

2718 days ago
85.

me    

TMZ IS A BUNCH OF JEWS OUT TO GET ANYONE WHO DOESNT FEEL THE FORCE TO LOVE JEWS.

TMZ, NO ONE IS OBLIGATED TO LOVE JEWS.

2718 days ago
86.

Cheryl    

Liberals want him destroyed. They want his wife stoned to death and his children's throats slit in front of his eyes before they they tear him limb from limb on the street corner. Then they want to take a dump on their mangled remains. For tolerance.

2718 days ago
87.

ryan fritz    

Its time to give the man a break I agree. I saw the movie. Like others said, if you were attacked constantly as he is it would only seem normal to get upset. The man cant even enter public without being accused of being racist. He's had his trouble no doubt, but enough is enough...

2718 days ago
88.

MES    

Would someone PLEASE put this son-of-a-bitch out of our misery.

2718 days ago
89.

Rosie    

Atleast he did not say his movie hwas a documentary, like anything Mr. Moore has made or Mr. Gore is awarded for. Was any of that ever proven to be "truth"?

2718 days ago
90.

Common Sense    

What Gibson needs right now is for people to do exactly what he suggested: f*** off!

Anger management will only make people more angry if they didn't really deserve to be there. This is Hollywood and the leftist culture proving that they consider freedom of speech to only work for them, not anyone they've decided they don't like at any given moment.

I also am willing to wager that the woman was wrong, and that the Mayans did engage in ritual sacrifice, but that would reflect negatively on her ancestry so she's in denial.

2718 days ago
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