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Gibson Gets the Hitchens Treatment

By now we all know that Mel Gibson was arrested for drunk driving the other night, and during his arrest he supposedly made some unseemly comments about Jews. Finally, the question of is-he-or-isn’t-he an anti-semite can be put to rest — at least for Christopher Hitchens, who dedicates much circumlocutious verbosity to obliterating the star of “What Women Want”.

Whether Gibson tries this last catch-penny profanity or not, it is time to lower the boom on him. Those who endorsed his previous obscene blockbuster are obliged to say something now or be ignored ever after. But this should not be yet another spectacle of the “offensive” and the “inappropriate,” swiftly succeeded by rehab and repentance and perhaps—who knows?—a joint press conference with Elie Wiesel.

I certainly don’t disagree that Gibson’s outburst was reprehensible, not to mention completely odd (Who the hell would ever think of screaming “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world” during a drunk driving arrest, except for a lunatic?). But I did not like Hitchens’ article in the least. Is this what this man has stooped to? Personal, ad hominem attacks? Critiques of Gibson’s other films, including Braveheart and the Patriot because they are — wait for it — anti-British? I used to appreciate some of Hitchens’ articles, but now they read like the transcriptions of a mean drunk sputtering to himself in a corner.

Nonetheless, this incident has proven that Gibson has anti-semitic sentiments, and this will undoubtedly hurt his career, as it should. If there’s one thing Hollywood can’t stand, it’s an anti-semite or a HUAC narc; a pedophilic rapist, however — sure, as long as he’s a genius.

Lest we forget, Marlon Brando wasn’t ostracized for his anti-semitic comments on Larry King Live. But it’s hard to be ostracized when you already own your own private island. Note to Gibson: Buy your own island; that way, the mean ol’ Jews won’t be able to get you — unless they declare war on you, the threat of which would undoubtedly haunt your dreams for eternity.

  1. Nick says:


  2. Meghann says:

    “Nick – you are white and I

  3. Duder or El Dudarino if you're not into the whole brevity thing says:

    Shomer fucking shabbas……….

  4. Neums "The Token Jew" says:

    Nick – you are white and I’ve seen you write about white people ALL the time. That is *SO* blatantly a conflict of interest.

  5. Olly says:


  6. Nick says:

    You’re crazy. Complaining is fine, just like it’s fine to complain about Jews. But writing an “objective” newsarticle for millions of people to read when the bias is in the byline? That’s not kosher.

  7. Jared says:

    Great job, Nick. Its always great when you have to prove that the name “Cohen” is an authentic Jewish last name.

  8. Ian says:

    You think Jews (or

  9. Olly says:

    Having a presumed Jew write an article about anti-Semitism is like the Emerald having Nick Wilbur write and article about the Senate trying to fire him.

    You think Jews (or “presumed Jews”) complaining about anti-Semitism is a conflict of interest? Are you out of your mind?

  10. Nick says:

    I find it ironic that Sandy Cohen, whose last name is Jewish, quotes Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, in saying that Gibson’s apology was “unremorseful and insufficient.”

    “It’s not a proper apology because it does not go to the essence of his bigotry and his anti-Semitism. We would hope that Hollywood now would realize the bigot in their midst and that they will distance themselves from this anti-Semite.”

    The director of the Anti-Defemation League is calling someone a bigot…

    Last I checked, though, it’s only in Germany and Australia that one can’t be anti-Semitic. Freedom of speech allows for this sort of thing, as long as it’s not threatening and doesn’t incite violence. Am I wrong?

    A note on the name Cohen:
    “…descended from the Kohanim (plural of Kohen), the caste of Jewish priests who conducted the rituals of the Temple in Jerusalem before it was destroyed in the year 70 of the common era.”
    And: “Cohen
    Jewish: from Hebrew kohen

  11. Mel Gibson says:

    Might be a while, I’m afraid. My exercise regimen is picking up – I’ve apparently already had a bowling alley shipped to my private island.

  12. Tyler says:

    Okay, but when are you going to gain, like, 8,000 pounds?

  13. Mel Gibson says:

    I’m way ahead of you on that one, Graf, you fucking crypto-Zionist.

    It’s only a matter of time before I join the 9/11 Truth movement. After all, you can’t prove it wasn’t a conspiracy organized by Paul Wolfowitz!

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