And now a rant on the Mel Gibson anti-semite drunken a**hole debacle as documented everywhere else on the internet. [Please read no further if you are easily offended about religious topics--I'm just thinking aloud here and not particularly a fan of organized religion]. I fail to see what’s so scandalous about this Gibson arrest/meltdown/apology -–sure it’s awful and he’s a lunatic. Duh. But I don't understand why people are surprised when evidence of his fundamentalism and hatred of particular groups (especially faggots and jesus-killers) have been around us for years. Why does everyone act shocked? Is it willful denial, naive optimism, or something else entirely?
I’m calling bullshit right now on these worrisome articles like “will anyone work with him again?”. This is lazy journalism. OF COURSE people will work with him. It reminds me of the slew of Passion of the Christ articles prior to its release pondering “will this ruin Mel Gibson’s career?” Even when Passion's overwhelming success was doubtful that was a silly question. Hollywood is a money industry. It takes more than one big flop/mistake to bring down entire careers of that magnitude. Just look at Tom Cruise: He’s a media whipping boy now given how blatantly he has exposed his own various psychosis. But even if the ridiculing continues unabated for years to come, it will take a long time before people aren’t willing to work with Tom Crui$$$$$e.
So I find it kind of insulting that I'm supposed to wonder if Gib$$$on's career might be over. This nation reelected George W Bush for crying out loud. This is not a country that has any problems rewarding fundamentalist nutjobs --or bombing them if they happen to live in other countries. Which brings me to a more troublesome topic: the rise of fundamentalism in general. My personal feeling is that it’s a sickness whatever God you believe in --if you believe with 100% certainty that it's your way or the highway, that other people are going to hell... it stands to reason that you're far more likely to also lose sight of their humanity. That's a big problem for a civilized peaceful world. If you lose sight of the basic humanity of those different than yourself, it's easier to hate them, easier to fight against their rights, easier to wish them harm, easier to kill them, easier to blame them for your own troubles, etc...
I hope Gibson finds the healing he needs. I really do. More importantly I hope we can somehow find an escape route to what seems to be a global downward slide into religious extremism. It comes with an extremely high body count.
If you need a good laugh about this (I surely do --depressing stuff) your best bet is The Gilded Moose.