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Monday, July 31, 2006

Yet More Stars Behaving Badly

Last week, movie star, Academy-award winner and erstwhile sexiest-man-alive (ugh) Mel Gibson was arrested for allegedly drinking and driving. Reports indicate that Mel, who has admitted to struggling with alcoholism in the past, had a blood alcohol level of 0.12, rather above California's legal limit of 0.08. No-one was hurt in the incident, and at first it seemed like it would be just another bad night Mel (and the rest of us) would eventually forget. Then, reported some elements that the police had neglected to mention in their reports to the media. And that really got the bloggers buzzing.

Mel, it seems, was a tad belligerent to his arresting officer. TMZ claims that Gibson threatened to destroy officer James Mee. They quote the officer's initial report as saying: "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me." Then, things got really nasty. "The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "...The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"

Gibson has been accused of anti-semitism before; some claim his film The Passion of the Christ blamed Jews for the death of Jesus. He has also declined to distance himself from his father's views, after the elder Gibson was quoted as denying the Holocaust ever took place. Mel deflected claims of his own anti-semitism by arguing that he could not be anti-semitic, because the Pope says anti-semitism is a sin.

Now, I don't want to make any unfounded accusations here, but if someone makes dumb-ass anti-semitic comments, whether said person is drunk or sober, that person is probably a dumb-ass anti-semite. I don't know about you, but when I get really, really drunk, I still tend to avoid shouting racist and anti-semitic comments at police officers. And I find it hard to believe that a bottle of Tequila could make Mell say things he didn't really believe. So, I conclude that Mel's a complete wank - your conclusion is up to you.

The part of the report that has been much overlooked in the face of the anti-semitic comments is Mel's charming complete sense of entitlement. He seems to honestly believe that the officer should let him go, simply because he is Mel Gibson. Similar self-aggrandizing took place when all-star hockey goalie Ed Belfour was arrested for drinking and driving in Texas a few years back. After a few attempts at "But don't you know who I am," Belfour is alleged to have offered the arresting officer a billion dollars to let him go. Don't you love how these larger-than-life figures seem to honestly believe that they should be allowed to break whatever laws they please and be let go with a warning and a kiss on the forehead? And anyone who doesn't let them off is clearly out to get them. Ah, to be a dumb-ass celebrity. Tequila, anyone?


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