When few years ago, after one drunken episode of Mel Gibson, it become known that this beloved actor is an anti-semitist, many people and film fans all over the world were shocked.
Not so many people were surprised in Hollywood. There had been behind-the-scenes rumours about Gibson’s hatred towards Jews for quite some time and for some odd reason it was silently tolerated.
Why was Hollywood deaf and blind to all Gibson’s evident expressions? Why nobody cared that Gibson advocates the theories of his father Hutton Gibson, who is a well-known Holocaust denier? Rabbi David Wolpe presents an interesting explanation in his article for the Huffington portal: “How is it possible that Gibson’s carrier did not end at the time, when it was apparent that he hates Jews? Why wasn’t it enough when he stated for New Yorker, that Hollywood is controlled by Jews? Or when he produced a movie full of anti-semitic stereotypes, which would please Der Sturmer himself? Or when he asked a traffic policeman, whether he is a Jew? Does it mean that anti-semitism is a lesser crime than the abuse of a partner?” David Wolpe hinted at the fact, that Hollywood rejected Gibson only after his partner Oksana Griborieva accused Gibson of physical and psychical abuse. Wolpe further thinks that all those things were tolerated by the Jews in Hollywood, so that they are not accused of hypersensitivity.
Some weeks ago Winona Ryder talked about Gibson’s long-time anti-semitism, and by this she proved that not all Jews in Hollywood are shy to talk about this topic. In an interview for the GQ magazine she mentioned an unpleasant experience from 15 years ago, when she was named by Gibson as “oven dodger” during one Hollywood party. This anti-semitic term is too abusive and too hard to translate exactly into the Slovak language. The reader may get a very good picture about the level of this Gibson’s invective, if we say that “oven” means cooking stove and the verb “dodge” means to avoid or jump away. Winona states in the interview, that she mentioned this offensive story to the people in Hollywood and no one took her seriously.
A letter, rumoured to be written to Mel Gibson by Steve Spielberg after Gibson’s hatred toward Jews became public in 2006, is circulating the Internet for a quite a long time. Later, it was proven to be a forgery – the famous director has never written an open letter to Mel Gibson. But more than one thought in this false “Spielberg letter”, no matter who has written it, is worth mentioning. For example: “Mr. Gibson, you have spitted at the graves of the Goldwyns, Warners, Mayers, Cohns, Fox, Thalbergs, Selznicks, Zukors and thousands of other Jews, dead or alive, who made your shady carrier possible.”
The carrier of once so reputable and respected actor Gibson is today, after all of those shocking revelations from his private life, at a very low point. It is a big question, what would this man has to do, so that his colleagues would forgive him and “take him back”. But still bigger question is why Hollywood tolerated his open hatred toward Jews for such a long time.