The Passion Of The Drunken Gibson: Jew Hating

According to TMZ.com, when Mel Gibson was nabbed for a DUI in Malibu early Friday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department “doctored” the initial police report so some choice comments made by Gibson about the “f***ing Jews” being “responsible for all the wars in the world” didn’t become public. Suffice it to say, they didn’t do a good enough job:

TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson went on a rampage when he was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunk driving, hurling religious epithets. TMZ has also learned that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department had the initial report doctored to keep the real story under wraps.

TMZ has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee. According to the report, Gibson became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu. The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, “My life is f****d.” Law enforcement sources say the deputy, worried that Gibson might become violent, told the actor that he was supposed to cuff him but would not, as long as Gibson cooperated. As the two stood next to the hood of the patrol car, the deputy asked Gibson to get inside. Deputy Mee then walked over to the passenger door and opened it. The report says Gibson then said, “I’m not going to get in your car,” and bolted to his car. The deputy quickly subdued Gibson, cuffed him and put him inside the patrol car.

Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, “You mother f****r. I’m going to f*** you.” The report also says “Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he ‘owns Malibu’ and will spend all of his money to ‘get even’ with me.”

The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: “F*****g Jews… The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Gibson then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”

The deputy became alarmed as Gibson’s tirade escalated, and called ahead for a sergeant to meet them when they arrived at the station. When they arrived, a sergeant began videotaping Gibson, who noticed the camera and then said, “What the f*** do you think you’re doing?”

A law enforcement source says Gibson then noticed another female sergeant and yelled, “What do you think you’re looking at, sugar tits?”

Expect to see a lot of gloating at the expense of the “Christian right” along the lines of this and this. Don’t get me wrong, if this report is true (and I have no reason to doubt that it isn’t), then Mel Gibson is a total scumbag. But the implication that Christians that liked The Passion are now somehow guilty by association is just as ludicrous as making the same argument about people whom liked Braveheart and Lethal Weapon.

UPDATE: Gibson has issued a statement and he’s not denying his comments: “I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said.”

Everyone understands, Mel, don’t worry. It’s really quite common for non-anti-Semitic people to get blitzed out of their minds and start mumbling about how “the f***ing Jews” are out to get them.

Really.

But seriously, you know what they say: in vino veritas.

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  1. Mad Mel: The Drunk-Ass Road Warrior By now Teh Internets are abuzz with tales of Mel Gibson’s drunken, abusive anti-Semitic rant during a COPS-worthy interaction with a sheriff’s deputy. Greg Tinti at Outside the Beltway is first out of the gate (that I’ve seen) suggesting that any gloating aimed at Gibson’s fundie fanbase is unjustified: Don’t get me wrong, if this report is true (and I have no reason to doubt that it isn’t), then Mel Gibson is a total scumbag.

  2. while being arrested for drunk driving (which also included of the Passion of the Christ filmmaker calling a female officer “sugar tits”). And while this proves without question that Mel Gibson is a racist idiot, this stereotype shouldn’t be extended to everyone on the Christian right. But it is very interesting that the same guy who made a movie that was called anti-Semitic (a charge that was vehemously denied) has turned around and said that Jews are responsible for everything that’s wrong with

  3. Are you a Jew?” Andrew Sullivan writes that “Either this is an extremely elaborate hoax or it’s the end of Gibson’s career.” Some on the religious right are worried about guilt by association. Outside the Beltway writes: Don’t get me wrong, if this report is true (and I have no reason to doubt that it isn’t), then Mel Gibson is a total scumbag. But the implication that Christians that liked The Passion are now somehow guilty by association is just as

  4. Kent G. Budge says:

    Does this settle the question of whether The Passion of the Christ is anti-Semitic? No, not really. But that is the conclusion that will be drawn by all the folks who already insisted it is anti-Semitic.

    I haven’t seen the film myself and don’t feel I can offer an opinion.

  5. The Passion of the Christ was not anti-Semitic. Certainly, it portrayed certain Jews as evil collaborators. But that, in and of itself, does not an anti-Semitic film make. Obviously, the Jews who collaborated with the Romans were kinda meanies, and they were portrayed as such.

  6. …and, by the way, I would be the first to say it was anti-Semitic if it was.

  7. I hope this doesn’t get Apocalypto canned. I was actually looking forward to that, even if the director is a scumbag.

  8. > Expect to see a lot of gloating at the expense of the â??Christian rightâ??

    Yeah, except they are some of the largest supporters of Israel these days.

  9. moderate says:

    Most of us don’t take absolutists positions. Most Christian rightists are not anti semitic, but *lots* of them are. To pretend otherwise is nonsense.

  10. Andrew Sullivan smears Christians…

    Andrew Sullivan, in another of his catty posts, calls the anti-Semitic, drunken Mel Gibson, “the darling of the Christianist right”. Really? The anti-Semitic ravings of Hutton Gibson are well known. Mel Gibson’s refusal to disavow those ravings or t…

  11. legion says:

    Michael and moderate, you are quite right. The problem is that there are a number of Christians who are anti-semitic. And, like bigots of any other flavor, they are perfectly happy to see “proof” of their views in anything they find.

    But yeah, reality is getting closer to proving the South Park guys right – Mel Gibson is a nutter.

  12. In all honesty, I’m not even sure this is a true story anymore, and probably just an elaborate hoax. I have nothing to back that up, of course. But, there’s been NO mugshot on The Smoking Gun – which there usually is by now – and I’ve been watching CNN all DAY, and have heard exactly NOTHING about this.

    Kinda sounds suspicious to me.

  13. Yeah, you are right Mel, you are f****d!…

    Anyone who did not know Mel had some anti-Semitic sentiments before now, has been living in a cave for the last couple of years. What happened with this case is that it is now PAINFULLY out in the open… TMZ……

  14. I’m not sure where the “Passion is anti-Semitic” comes from. It would be a little bit like saying “Patton” is anti-German because it shows the Germans as being the bad guys.

  15. Mark Jaquith says:

    in vino, veritas applies for the most part, especially with non-humorous statements and actions. If this police report is accurate, Gibson is very likely an antisemite.

    The Passion of the Christ cannot be judged by Gibson’s words, however.

  16. Christopher says:

    Even if he is an anti-Semite why would he say those things? Is he a total idiot? I don’t even understand the comments.

    I mean the battle in the middle east then would be, in Mel Gibson’s eyes, one bad religion fighting another bad religion. But it was the Muslims that attacked Israel, so why doesn’t he go on a rampage against the Muslims?

    LOL who knows!

  17. Richard Romano says:

    What Gibson said was horrible–but he asked for forgiveness, and we should grant it. He will have time to prove if his confession is genuine, until then we should be honest enough to admit that none of us is perfect.

    On another note–to say that The Passion has anti-Semitic undertones is to say that the Gospel itself is anti-Semitic…it is not. It is philo-Semitic. And do any of you recall the various people who were saying pogroms would happen as a result of watching the film? Did you hear any apologies? Gibson endured much slander, and we should be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt here. If he is anti-Semitic, it will come out again…and then we may say he better get things right with God in this life.

  18. randall says:

    The Bible does not say that drinking alcohol is a sin but it certainly gives warning about the corrupting nature of it. This is a good example of booze at work. As a christian I won’t judge Mr.Gibson,I will simply pray that he is delivered from the prison that is alcohol.

  19. Anderson says:

    Jack Balkin has maybe the best (certainly the sharpest) response I’ve seen:

    Mel Gibson’s next project is a mini-series on the Holocaust. Apparently, it has a surprise ending.

    Cha-ching.

  20. Bithead says:

    For all the justifiable outrage being directed Gibson’s comments, that outrage seems untethered by comparison to the words and actions of others. The words “proportionate response” seem to come to mind here. For example, would somebody please care to tell me what the differences between what Gibson said while totally blitzed, and what Kofi Anan has been doing in the name of the United Nations, while supposedly stone cold sober? Anan’s actions seem to me the embodiment of Gibson’s words.

  21. “The Passion” was anti-Semitic only as much as the new testament was anti-Semitic.

    I thought it was a remarkably accurate portrayal of the accounts given in the synoptic gospels. Of course, being Jewish, I consider those accounts to be themselves inaccurate and more than a little anti-Semitic. I won’t belabor the details.

    As far as Gibson goes, I don’t think this matters. Last week, I had a few beers and went off for about two hours on the subject of object polymorphism and how anyone who deliberately hides a base class method should be taken out and shot.

    It would be absolutely ludicrous to suggest that I was in any way serious; I just happened to have had a bad experience that day with exactly that thing. Someone hid a base class method, and consequently some code that should have worked didn’t.

    So I suspect Gibson had a bad experience which he attributed to some Jewish individual he perceives as being in power, then went out and had a few drinks. As a result, when he got angry, his frustration with this Jewish antagonist turned into an exaggerated tirade against Jews in general.

    And it just seems moronic to pretend this is anything more than an angry drunk guy bitching about his day.

  22. ohno says:

    I would love to see an episode of COPS with the dash cam from this arrest.

    It’s surprising how many people are rich and nuts.

  23. jim says:

    I couldn’t resist an instant cartoon – the passion continues…
    http://bitternessoflife.com

  24. Lowell says:

    People who are making excuses and otherwise rationalizing Gibsons actions are simply off the mark here. If the man were not a virulent anti-semite than why did his remarks in Readers Digest circa 2004 very much donwnplay the carnage that resulted from the holocaust (11,000,000 dead)and why has he failed to refute in even the slighest way the many remarks made by his holocaust denying father? This type of overt bigotry or racism should not be tolerated no matter who the
    perpatrator is.

  25. Chris says:

    Mel is a drunk bigot!

    http://www.melhatesjews.com

  26. Stephen Hill says:
  27. […] Andrew Sullivan writes that “Either this is an extremely elaborate hoax or it’s the end of Gibson’s career.” Some conservatives are worried about guilt by association. Outside the Beltway writes: Don’t get me wrong, if this report is true (and I have no reason to doubt that it isn’t), then Mel Gibson is a total scumbag. But the implication that Christians that liked The Passion are now somehow guilty by association is just as ludicrous as making the same argument about people whom liked Braveheart and Lethal Weapon. […]