Is it time for Hollywood to stop blacklisting Mel Gibson? Journalist Allison Hope Weiner thinks so:
In the years that followed, Gibson made several comments that went public, made him seem anti-Semitic and racist. They made him persona non grata at major studios and agencies, the same ones that work with others who’ve committed felonies and done things far more serious than Gibson, who essentially used his tongue as a lethal weapon. As a journalist who vilified Gibson in The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly until my coverage allowed me to get to know him, I want to make the case here that it is time for those Hollywood agencies and studios to end their quiet blacklisting of Mel Gibson.
Go here to read the rest. Well why not? Hollywood would of course have no problem with Mel dumping his wife for a younger model, because that is almost a requirement for Hollywood. Ditto the heavy drinking, which is as Hollywood as phony bookkeeping. Racist and anti-Semitic comments? Please. Gibson’s only mistake was to say his insults where they could be taken down. Hollywood has never been a haven for brotherly and sisterly love, unless a film about incest is being made.
Having said all that, Hollywood should continue to blacklist Mel for this crime against Art:
Some things should be unforgivable even in Hollywood! Mel, curse out whoever you like, betray the wife of your youth a thousand times, drink yourself blotto each night if you must. These I can reluctantly forgive. However, after The Beaver, please never appear in another film again, I am begging you!