Following his Friday-early-morning arrest in Malibu for driving under the influence — during which arresting Los Angeles Sheriff Officer Mee is reported (by TMZ’s “exclusive!”) to have heard Gibson yell various “Jewish” references regarding wars and as to negative effects upon Gibson’s life — Gibson issued a public apology for his behavior, including the remarks he made Friday and for the condition of alcoholism, which is what he has identified as the reason why he was quite so bonkers on that particular morning (and about which, I agree with him).
Gibson’s apology, issued yesterday, the day after his drunken tirading, is commendable, respectable and indicates bravity; certainly indicates a far heightened degree of self composure and responsibility than most would anticipate following early Friday’s behavior.
Because of that, because of Gibson’s lucid, responsible acceptance and indication of right action to follow, I call the outcome brave. As in, how many other Hollywood-ites would ever (or have ever) issued such a forthright statement to own a tirade such as this? And many of us know that there are a lot of similar apologetic statements needed, much moreso would be deemed ethical and appropriate, from those in the entertainment industry (among others) — which is probably why apologetic statements such as Gibson’s are never heard from anyone in Hollywood for similar transgressions: they’re too ethical when done, not gaming enough of a public relations-myth-dependent industry. Except from Gibson.
May he tirade on as much as he cares to in the future. Only do so sober. I’m very glad he’s seeking treatment for his fall from off the wagon because Heaven knows the world needs more movies from this man. Good luck, Mel Gibson, may the sobriety be with you.
Questions raised to my read at this hour:
— how is it that this Sheriff’s report found it’s way (“exclusive!”) to TMZ and immediately so? Immediately so, as in, just past coincidentally to Gibson’s release from the Lost Hills (Malibu) Sheriff’s Station on Friday morning? Aren’t these reports only to be made public after they’ve been deemed so by the District Attorney — that is, after the issue (or, “case”) has been forwarded to him/her? Does not appear to be the situation or timeframe in Gibson’s situation.
— leading me to also question as to whether or not the recipient was a tad too eager to be informed (and was prepared to be by active participants) of anything such as this? And about whom?
The Editor who is responsible for this “exclusive!” by TMZ is Harvey Levin, who was highly critical of Gibson’s film, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, and whose byline on this issue at TMZ has since been replaced without explanation to read “TMZ Staff” (yesterday this story carried the byline of “Harvey Levin” as did, also, the Friday article, “EXCLUSIVE: MEL GIBSON BUSTED FOR DUI” — which was originally entitled, “MEL GIBSON ARRESTED FOR DUI”.
— Epithets and negative opinions about almost anything, if not anything altogether, are not arresting offenses unless that’s an aspect of a crime (as in, assault, harassment, etc.); but in Gibson’s situation, he was stopped for speeding and found to be under the influence, so was charged with driving under the influence (DUI); during that, Gibson vented a few exasperating, negative charges about “the Jews” and “Israel”. Still not against the law, just socially offensive to some.
And yet to read the headlines in TMZ, that’s their cause and that’s their concern. For me and many others, the concerning issue is Gibson’s alcoholic regression, what with him having previously in life said he had problems with alcohol, was sober but obviously relapsed into drink.
— Putting some elements together here: Gibson was stopped after observed driving at excessive speed (I conjecture that he was almost certainly on his way home in the early hours past midnight), with a blood alcohol level that indicates he’d had about three heavy drinks or maybe six beers in relatively rapid order (the report says he had a blood alcohol level of “0.12” which is 0.04 over the legal driving limit of 0.08 in California, and at “180 pounds” weight and “5’8” height, that would equate to him having consumed about three heavy drinks of alcohol or the equivalent of six beers in the hour or a bit more prior to being stopped and being evaluated for blood alcohol level), and, a man with an intense degree of pressures and contempt from some, a struggle with sobriety and what results is a bad temper on a path to vent. At least he was stopped from driving, did not impact anyone or any other vehicle and did not harm himself or anyone else and because of this, has been impressed upon as to the importance of sobriety in his life.
— Why were TMZ (and Mr. Levin) so quick to obtain this supposed privileged information from the Los Angeles Sheriff nearly immediately following the arrest, and why they were quite so eager to publish a photo of Gibson, cropped and enlarged to intensify his glaring expression, and especially framed to make Gibson appear like Saddam Hussein.
The word, “agenda” comes to mind by those responsible, and those supportive of the “this is the end of Mel Gibson” screed in the comments at TMZ following their articles, they make no more sense than the wars I view daily on television from the Middle-East. There’s room for difference of opinion in our world, even though some people among us think that that means death to those with the difference of opinion.
Me, I am getting more than weary of reading about Semites in the Middle-East who can’t get along with their neighbors. ALL of them, ALL Semites in the Middle-East. The entire area, as with people from there, are quickly losing any degree of moral authority about any issue, regardless, due to their own, ongoing savagery — and I write that about the entire area, everyone there, all nations, all involved in this desperate and insane butchery of one another. I also find the ongoing demands that the rest of the world come to the rescue of various participants to be repulsive. It’s gang warfare and gangland behavior. Eliminating Mel Gibson for ranting is about as desperate a malignment threat as I’ve ever heard or read and yet, that’s what can be found among the comments at TMZ.
I’ll continue to see any Mel Gibson movie, regardless of when it is or has been made. I pray for him and that he maintains sobriety — better now than not at all, regardless of whatever arse-ish venting he’s done or may do in the future.