Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Drunken Stupor

Mel Gibson's problem seems to me to be a persecution complex. His personal movie projects from the Man Without a Face, through Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ are all about good men who suffer from the cruelty of others.

And citing his inebriated diatribe at the time of his arrest seems irrelevant to either his driving or his career. The slogan in vino veritas is sheer nonsense. There is nothing about drunken behavior that speaks to the truth or the real character of the sober person. Who among us has not behaved badly when either stoned, angry or scared? And when we later realize what we did, the feeling of shame or remorse is sufficient proof that the things done under the influence of booze, anger or fear do not represent one's true nature.

Words are one thing, actions are something else again. Gibson, to my knowledge, has not supported the killing of innocent citizens in Iraq, Lebanon or Israel. I am holding my scorn for those Americans, Muslims and Israelites who soberly employ weapons of mass murder in their exercise of bigotry.

Yet, for all of them, their proclaimed excuse is self-defense. They all seem to share a persecution complex with another great warrior of the 20th Century, Adolph Hitler.

Which reminds me of the time I came upon a man crouched over a huddled woman in an alley, raining heavy blows to her head and bloodied face. As she cried and begged him to stop I heard him shout, "Stop it, Barbara! Don't do this to me!"

I got him off of her, but that's another story.


At August 01, 2006 11:12 PM, Blogger kronleo said...

what a read ;)

gibson needs to stop drinking 'bong water'

At August 02, 2006 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know Gibson had such a problem with alcohol. It's too bad..
It's odd he spewed about the Jews, if he doesn't really have some negative feelings about them...
But I have to ask, so what?
Why isn't a person allowed their own right to an opinion, as long as they don't act on it towards whoever they don't like in a negative manor?

At August 06, 2006 8:19 AM, Blogger Peter said...

An article in the Chron addresses this:

At August 06, 2006 10:14 AM, Blogger BJMe said...

The Chron article is typical of the empty-headed psuedo-scientific babble following up Gibson's free ride to the media. Science, admittedly, does not know much about alcoholic or drug states. It knows even less about human imagination and the universal DNA shared by Hitler and Mother Theresa as described by Whitman: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes."

And we are all Walt. There is not an actor, writer, composer or other artist who knows where all of their invention comes from. That's why they call it creativity. And many of them have attributed drugs and alcohol to the expressing of thoughts and experiences not of the conscious knowing.

The article further mis-states Gibson, who never claimed his Jewish comments were
"antithetical" to his beliefs. He made statements, he said, "that were despicable I do not believe to be true." He did not claim that they were the antithesis, or opposite of his beliefs. This is a twisting of his statements in a shabby effort to diminish his apology.

And isn't it curious that nothing has been put forth as to why Gibson blurted out his Jewisah accusations? Was he just waiting for a Highway Patrolman to stop him so he could let loose his rant? Or did Mel know this officer was Jewish and childishly retaliate against the traffic stop by attacking him with a feeble racial accusation?

Don't most of us, when we are angered in traffic, or elsewhere, quickly attack the gender, race, weight or age of the offender - at least under our breath?

Bottom line, Gibson is a BIG MAN, and little people like nothing better than to find an excuse to knock a big person down. But a soft headed article like this does nothing to hurt Mel, it is basically a piranha without teeth.

For a better take on the situation, try this: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-gibson4aug04,1,1409910.story

At August 28, 2006 12:02 AM, Anonymous Greg, your friend from Flickr said...

I'm on your side with the Mel Gibson arrest. I think the judge saw it the same and is giving Gibson a chance to land gracefully. The whole police arrest process doesn't lend itself to bring out the best in person. Notice that the police don't have any video of the statements in question nor have we been told exactly what he said and the context in which he said it. We have really been given nothing to judge a man. So why do people try to? Gibson has shown a willingness to examine his faults and that is a sign of someone who will be able to conquer life's trials.


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