It’s been seven and a half years since Mel Gibson starred in a movie. Now he’s back with a new movie, “The Edge Of Darkness.” Also coming back after seven and a half years are Mel’s critics. Most of the critics had been on unemployment security benefits for the past several years with nothing to write about. It just wasn’t the same for those guys without having ol Mel to kick around. (I took that line from Richard Nixon’s quote to reporters years ago when he said, “Well you won’t have Dick to kick around anymore.” Actually he did not use his name “Dick” when he said that, but I knew what all of you reading this would instantly think, so I couldn’t help myself) Which brings us to today’s subject matter…………….how insensititive we all have become.
In Mel’s case, he was involved in an incident in July of 2006 when, after being pulled over in California for speeding, (gasp) and driving under the influence, (second gasp) he made obscene, anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting officer as he was being handcuffed and put inside a police car.
This of course was headline news for the media, and shortly thereafter, Mel disappeared. I would then assume, with nothing else to write about, the critics were laid off with no one else to carry the banner except the National Enquirer. (for those of you keeping track, this is the third time this week I have mentioned the National Enquirer)
Anyhow, Mel is back and so are the critics. Happy days are here once again. Soooooo, after a seven and a half year absence and a new movie, what are the critics concerned with? Yep. Will the anti-semitic rant mark the end of Gibson’s career? YES! Forget the movie review. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty here. He called a police officer an anti semitic something or other. I get it! But does that mean he should be drawn and quartered and then tarred and feathered and then perhaps scorned for the rest of his natural born life? (ok, so some of you think he should, well then, just don’t go to any of his movies. The rest of us can decide for ourselves) I might add, actually, that Gibson said he did not necessarily make the remarks that were attributed to him. So what it boils down to is “he said and they said.” We might never know who said what. Doesn’t matter however. Because if you’re a celebrity you can’t say certain things, and if you do, the critics, (God bless them all) will never let you ever forget that you said whatever it is that you said that you shouldn’t have said. Enough said!
My point here is that we are a society of mixed ethnic and cultural backgrounds. That’s what America is folks. And yeah, we all get to the point of frustration where we might, in the heat of the moment, yell out something we normally otherwise might not say. Kinda like hitting your thumb with a hammer and saying, “Oh Gosh” rather than ”Son-of-a-F*****G B***H” because people who may be offended are within listening distance. Hmmmm, is that Father Riveria over there? Rats
We’ve all been in that situation. Lot’s of us, on a daily basis, may refer to our bosses with the same tender affection. I have, on many occasions referred to my former boss as a complete horse’s behind, although my choice of words were somewhat more graphic. If I had been a celebrity, and critics present at that moment, would my career be over? Most likely not, but my boss would exercise his almighty powers and scribble a terse notation in my personnel file, which of course the National Enquirer would immediately make a note of for their files should I ever become a celebrity.
As a child and throughout my entire life I used to be called slang names simply because I am of Italian heritage. To this day I endure the “mafia” related jokes, the “Guido” references, and being Catholic, but I never took any of those instances as anti-Semitic or slanderous. I thought a lot of them were kinda cute and funny. Even having the first name “Richard” set me up for the one liners when anyone used my nickname, “Dick.” You know, “Dickhead” or “Dickface” and so on. You see, I have a sense of humor which seems to be much of what is lacking in today’s society. That, and the tolerance and understanding for the situation that may have caused one to lose it at that moment and simply say something insensitive. Let’s get a grip on it folks.
In any given day there is the possibility that something might upset me and I might use some rather graphic words. I think if I were stopped by an officer of the law while speeding, I might utter something such as, “Oh thank you good and fair officer for pulling me over. I knew I was speeding and hoped someone such as yourself might see my errant ways and perhaps pull me over and issue me a ticket. “What.” You’re going to handcuff me because I was drinking? Oh, thank you, thank you.” Yes, I’m being facetious here. The point is, wouldn’t you grumble too if it were happening to you?
Ok, enough. I think you all get the point……….which is………….um,………Oh Yeah, Mel said something seven years ago; has a new movie; the critics think because he said something several years ago that the movie will suck; and that maybe we too should punish Mel for what he did several years ago. Got It?
Now, where the H**L did my *G*****M wife put my *F*****G car keys. Geez, that stupid feminist *B***H. Damn it! You’d think someone with her German background would be more considerate. Now I’m stuck in the *F*****G house all day. ……… Oops, I could be screwed here.
Nah!………I’m not a celebrity.