An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Ella Alexander follows:
The actor was arrested in 2006 for suspected drink-driving in Malibu and made anti-Semitic remarks to a policeman, which he later apologised for – explaining that the comments were “blurted out in a moment of insanity”, branding the incident as “despicable’ behaviour”.
According to a police report, Gibson asked the officer if he was Jewish and said: “F**king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”…
Last month, Gary Oldman defended Gibson’s outburst in a controversial Playboy interview, for which he later apologised.
“I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things,” said Oldman.
“We’re all f**king hypocrites. That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f**king Jew?”
The Batman actor wrote an apology letter to the Anti-Defamation League, then went on US chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live to say sorry publicly.
“I am a public figure, I should be an example and inspiration and I am an arsehole,” he told Kimmel.
My online response to the above linked-to article follows:
Gibson and Oldman. I’m listening to Democracy Now as I type this, after having read the article, and Miko Peled literally took the words right out of my mouth. Literally. Only he was directing them at Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of an Israeli teen who had been slain by rogue Hamas militants or associates. He said, on Democracy Now (July 8, 2014), “I don’t think she’s emerging as the voice of peace at all …she would condemn, completely condemn all Israeli violence toward the Palestinians.” If you don’t care enough to know about it all, dear reader, then your opinion on this, in one way, doesn’t matter. Caring means knowing. You put your head up and look around you and see/know what’s going on. A few minutes of sitting passively in front of corporate owned media like CNN doesn’t qualify as paying attention. It’s simple. If you’re too busy with the bread and circuses (not evil things in themselves) to not know about the wild beast of corporatocracy and the atrocities being committed daily by it’s Nazi stormtroopers all over the world, How is that righteous or moral? The bread and circuses is not always innocent either. The entity – Hollywood/CIA – with which Gary Oldman and Mel Gibson are associated is evil. I watch and enjoy movies all the time. But I also know what’s going on and can distinguish the propaganda (nukes are safe, militarization of police is normal) from the innocent creativity. (http://bit.ly/1zmJiwm)