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TMZ: THE NEWEST LOW POINT

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Square-Black.gif Has anyone ever read the site, TMZ.com before Friday? Friday was the day TMZ editor Harvey Levin (he blogs) burst forth with the “Exclusive!” Los Angeles Sheriff’s arrest report as to the DUI (“driving under the influence“) arrest of popular film producer, director and actor Mel Gibson which occured during the early dawn hours of Friday, July 28, 2006 in Malibu, CA.

If you’re not an AOL employee, shareholder or subscriber (AOL owns TMZ), or not a celebrity-interested onliner, you’re not likely to even know about TMZ. I found the site by following a Friday headline on the DRUDGE REPORT. I’m not likely (not nearly so) to revisit TMZ after this week but I am now convinced that Levin is a sewer rat chewing upon the lives of others, so there’s now the awareness of his caustic stew and accordingly, I will now keep an eye out — an alert, wary one — as of last Friday.

And, as to interesting sub-note about Harvey Levin, he’s also the producer of the television show, “Celebrity Justice” (described as, “Famous Faces, Famous Cases” except that it appears they forgot to include an exclamation point at the end of that) (here’s his Wikipedia entry).

Which I’ve also never watched and have no plans to. Let’s see, since Levin is also an attorney, he “also takes comments from ‘The People’s Court‘” and was “a legal reporter…in Los Angeles.”

I’m still not tuning in, still not interested, nor never have been.

Square-Black.gif I suppose being a sewer rat chewing on the lives of “celebrities” gets Harvey Levin copies of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s arrest reports minutes after they’re written, even before they’re received by the District Attorney (procedure), which can always be explained away (and apparently is being, from a few comments I read on TMZ) as the result of ~someone~ pilfering the Sheriff’s Department’s trashbin. Where, of course, the Sheriff’s Department files their arrest reports minutes after they’re written, where they’re later retrieved by the District Attorney’s office. Can’t be sure ~who~ gets ahold of them while they’re loitering in the trashbin, ‘guess.

Now, after watching Levin’s grotesque “coverage” (I wish I could show you air-quotes as I write this) of Mel Gibson’s woes — who by Saturday, the day after, announced his plans to enter rehab today, to his credit — I’ve waded through a lot of the comments on TMZ had have read a noticable bit that slam for Gibson’s ruination, demand that Gibson “pay” for his “crimes” (Gibson’s statements made during his arrest, while under the influence of drink and depression, in various order), that Gibson’s films will “no longer be seen,” that “not one more penny will be spent on (Gibson/Gibson’s films)” and most stupendously, that Gibson be “punished” and “held accountable” in a harming way for the thoughts by his father (thoughts!)…”

Square-Black.gif I was thinking the polar opposite, and from the polls I’ve been reading (ABC.com, TMZ’s very own, a few others elsewhere), most other people have, too: that prayers are with Gibson for a return to sobriety, that there’s appreciation and thankfulness he did not harm himself or others while driving under the influence, that it’s commendable he’s seeking help as he is and so quickly and publicly admitting his substance abuse problems, and that his films, past and present, will continue to be enjoyed and watched by me and by the majority of fans.

Gibson said some creepy things (“f*****g Jews” and that “all the wars are started by Jews,” that he “owned Malibu” and he called one of the officers “sugar tits” — obviously a nasty sarcasm — from what is said in the report) and I sure don’t think they were in good taste, nor indicated a sound mind nor emotional state, but the negating comments about Gibson seem pale by comparison with the issue of his inebriation and discarded sobriety (he’d been previously sober, but how previously, I have no idea, just that he had been at one point and admitted to contending with substance abuse problems throughout his life). To some commentors at TMZ, and certainly to target-seeking, craving Harvey Levin, that wasn’t and isn’t the issue but the BIG EXCLUSIVE and creepy pictures of Mel Gibson are the thing to do.

Whatever revenue Levin has gained by his “Exclusive!” screeds from last Friday (ongoing as I write this complete with Mel’s arresting, arrest mugshot — far nicer a photograph than anything TMZ has managed to run prior to this), whatever profit is his as of now is going to reflect badly on the site’s advertisers. I know I’ll wash from memory any trade, commercial link I may have seen over there. But wouldn’t it be nice if one day Levin and his website could thank Mel Gibson for all the site visits? (I bet it’ll never happen.)

Square-Black.gif Hollywood appears to have been lying in wait since the 2004 release of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (bearing a grudge, filled with resentment about, describe it as you want, but the result is the same: a vendetta existed and still does about Gibson from among some in Hollywood); and, that that film was and is enjoyed so overwhelmingly by the public certainly seems to have fueled the festering (as in, “boil, boil, toil and trouble”).

And since Gibson received such support for making this film, also to the consternation of Hollywood, I’m sure that’s been a bitter brew to their stewing. Hollywood refused to finance the film (Gibson financed it himself), refused to distribute the film (again, Gibson’s production company arranged that) and Hollywood pushed the negative about the film in trade paper after television screed (Levin comes to mind here). In fact, speaking of Levin, he was among the most ardent, angry denouncers of the film, making repeat “personal appearances” on televised news show after entertainment show to implore the world as to why this was “not a good film,” as did most peers of Levin’s, and most of those were liberal, Hollywoodites and were/are Jewish.

Square-Black.gif Whatever problems some had and have with this film and with Gibson for writing, directing and producing (and distributing) the film, they were wrong about the film, and, they’re wrong about why they truly revile the film, and because of that, revile Gibson. I am truly sorry that these people revile the scriptural message described in this film, and content (and theology) that this film contains, as with the theology it represents, but they do and that’s their loss — in fact, that’s why there’s such sorrow among them as to their upset with this film, and now, it seems with Gibson.

This article in HAARTZ is quite frightening in it’s hypersensitivity and, worse, in it’s aggressive demand for vengeance for mere words, even those from a person under the influence. Note to those not familiar with alcoholism: people’s personalities really do change while under the influence, which is why it’s so important for them to stop drinking, because the changes are almost always destructive.

Thus, Gibson falls down, Gibson gets chewed on…and on, and on. I can’t see making things harder for someone when they’re down and I wish Gibson the best in recovery and look forward to more films from this talented filmmaker. About the ravings, I accept his apology and last time I checked, our nation wasn’t one who punishes people for thoughts or even for random speech, however objectionable.

Square-Black.gif To Levin, however, and people like him — particularly in Hollywood — what I’ve read since Friday is the real disappointment (TMZ and comments) : disappointment because I don’t read or hear that these “offended” people are in recovery (now) nor have apologized for their monstrous comments. And real disappointment in that the film and music industry are pervasively afflicted with (extremely) bad behaviors, and bad behaviorists — worse, very bad films — and where’s the outcry about that? Sometimes, I wish I didn’t care. Then I remember who I am.

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10 C O M M E N T S

  1. BIRD says:

    WAR OF THE WORDS

    If all the “experts” in “Hollywood” would all stand up at once, we’d have an upstanding population in “Hollywood.” Alas, that’s not the case. And most of America — actually, sadly, most of the world — knows that’s the harsh reality of the double-spea…

  2. BIRD says:

    FROM DRUDGE: “MEL SAYS ‘SORRY’ TO THE JEWS”

    THANKS to the DRUDGE REPORT for carrying this wonderful apology and imploration from Mel Gibson. This statement to follow does not suggest it’s written by a person of unsound mind, nor someone with things to hide. In fact, this statement from and by Me…

  3. BIRD says:

    AHH, HILLARY CLINTON *IS* AN ACTOR, OR, UH…

    More strange with each passing hour, the MEL GIBSON SAGA. I tried returning time to this past Friday morning but it’s not going to work, not with the news ever-pressing onward. From HOLLYWOOD.com, there is this news and I’ll admit this, I think this is…

  4. BIRD says:

    ADL TO GIBSON: “APOLOGY IS ACCEPTED – FOR NOW”

    UPDATE to previous… By way of OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY (“APOLOGY ACCEPTED – FOR NOW”), this news from a few hours ago in THE NEW YORK POST: “‘APOLOGY IS ACCEPTED – FOR NOW’ By Abraham H. Foxman” I enjoyed this take on the issue by OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY: Ant…

  5. BIRD says:

    MEL GIBSON CAPTION CONTEST

    READ RELATED/PREVIOUS: TOPIX — Mel Gibson News FINALLY, SOMEONE MAKES SENSE: JACKIE MASON and GAVIN DE BECKER ANOTHER GIBSON ARTICLE WITH A NONSENSICAL HEADLINE OMGOSH! LOOK WHAT MEL GIBSON DID TO THE SHERIFF’S CAR! ADL TO GIBSON: “APOLOGY IS ACCEPTE…

  6. BIRD says:

    MEL GIBSON CAPTION CONTEST

    Friday, Aug. 4, 2006 1:22 p.m. EDT Brent Bozell on Mel: Who Are the Bigots? It’s open season on Mel Gibson. Critics far and wide are vigorously pillorying the producer of “The Passion of the Christ” for his recent drunken, anti-Semitic rantings. The c…

  7. BIRD says:

    FINALLY, SOMEONE MAKES SENSE: JACKIE MASON and GAVIN DE BECKER

    Jackie Mason on FOX today — where’s he been for the past few days, is my only complaint here — comes forward with good sense about Mel Gibson’s situation. I hope to get a transcript for reprint (or quote) tomorrow (Mason’s on YOUR WORLD with NEIL CAV…

  8. BIRD says:

    THE MEL GIBSON INTERVIEW: BILL O’REILLY and JAY LENO

    Those are my preferences — Bill O’Reilly and/or Jay Leno (both would be great) — as to who’d provide the best possible, sober interview with Mel Gibson. No use even trying to canoodle with Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Oprah and Diane Sawyer — in f…

  9. BIRD says:

    KIRK DOUGLAS WAS NEVER SPARTACUS, HE WAS JUST CAST THAT WAY

    The Mel-Gibson-as-Focus-Hollywood/Atheist-Angst just won’t stop. Last weekend, I’d hoped that the boombah had had it’s day (and night, all seven of both of them) since Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest in Malibu, CA in the wee hours of Friday, July 28, 2006, but…

  10. BIRD says:

    WHAT ARE ROB REINER’S VIEWS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST?

    Tolerance is universal in it’s appeal and requirements. What does Rob Reiner think about the crucifixion of and human life lived by Jesus Christ? s not about Mel Gibson at this point nor about the film made by Gibson — THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST — but…