Thursday, November 11, 2010


          This is perhaps the most controversial blog I will ever write.  Perhaps it is also the one I most needed to write.


          He was the first “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1985, cited as America’s favorite movie star in the Harris Polls twice, and got Best Director and Picture for what I think is the greatest epic to date.[1]

          And when Jodie Foster’s new film, The Beaver, starring him is forced to play only in foreign theaters[2], few wonder why.

          I am one of those few.

          There was a time when the whole world loved Mel Gibson: before Oksana Grigorieva, before the divorce, before The Passion.  He was Mad Max, Martin Riggs, Bret Maverick, Hal Moore, Benjamin Martin, and Sir William Wallace.[3]  Every woman wanted him, and every guy loved Braveheart.

          Yet behind the scenes of then popular appeal and super-stardom, Mel later revealed that at the height of his career – loads of power, sex, and money at his fingertips – he had seriously contemplated suicide.

          I got to a very desperate place. Very desperate. Kind of jump-out-of-a-window kind of desperate. […] [W]hen you get to that point where you don't want to live, and you don't want to die, it's a desperate, horrible place to be.  And I just hit my knees.  And I had to use the Passion of the Christ to heal my wounds.[4]

It was no secret Mel was a Christian before The Passion.  It just seems to have become a chess piece for anti-Christian left-wing media afterwards.

I am politically incorrect, that's true. Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism. I find that really scary, and I won't be intimidated into changing my mind. Everyone isn't going to love you all the time.[ibid]

I don't believe that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. I mean, that's an outrageous, drunken statement.[ibid]

          “Nobody is without sin,” says Gibson.[ibid]  Duh, right?

[On The Passion and the Jews] I want to be as truthful as possible. But when you look at the reasons Christ came, he was crucified - he died for all mankind and he suffered for all mankind. So that, really, anyone who transgresses has to look at their own part or look at their own culpability.[ibid]

When all's said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage. I'm to blame, if you're inclined to judge.[ibid]

          So Mel Gibson is a sex addict, manic depressive alcoholic.[ibid]  Roman Polanski (artistically, one of my favorite directors) managed to get the Best Director Oscar in 2002 despite still being on the run from the law after drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977.[5]  Michael Jackson, the King of Pop (†2009), though legally acquitted of all sexual molestation charges, claimed his sleepovers with kids were not sexual.[6]

          It just seems that the media has a double standard when dealing with those they don’t agree with.  They profess a liberal moral relativity "do whatever you want," but when examining the lives of others - most especially the lives of those that profess a belonging to a group or religion that holds up an objective code of moral conduct, themselves not icons of that religion but spiritualy needy as they are - the amoral media slices them with fine-tooth razor-sharp moral combs they have in their back pockets for such occassions.  It just sickens me - the ozy-moronic nature of it all.

          No one is condoning the wrongdoings of any man, Mel included.  But let the talented man make movies!  If he breaks the law, take it up with the law.  No one is holding him up as a Messianic moral role model.  He's a broken but courageous man who made a film about the One who many (including Mel and myself) believe "was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; [and] by His wounds we are healed."  (Opening quote from the Bible in The Passion)[7]

          I wish the media would either come out and admit “We hate Mel mainly for his conservative beliefs!” or get off his back.  Or both; that would be better.

          And I hope there is a merciful God.  I believe all sane men hope for that.


  1. Already prepped a response to this: (my favorite poem)


    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it in one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!"
    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch;
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run;
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

  2. Politics and religion right? "There's a time for everything under the sun."

  3. Yes, this is likely to be a controversial post, although no one has tried to tear you apart yet for it, as far as I can see.

    There certainly is a double standard in the media's tolerance level for strange or aberrant behavior, and little to no sense of real compassion. The media tends to either overlook or simply excuse vice, or viciously attack and ridicule the perpetrator. The Christian approach (as I understand it) is to recognize vice and illness for what it is, encourage and facilitate healing, repentance, and reparation (where possible and necessary), and encourage the person's honest achievements and efforts - however faulty - to do what is right. Justice and mercy require a delicate balance... which is conspicuous in its absence in much of our culture and society.

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  5. Couldn't have put it better there. Just wish "they'd" catch on to that. Seems the media feeds off man's fallen nature's desire to hear bad news/tabloids and then you add on the injustice of coming down harder on those they disagree with. Will have to apply the same remedy that you mention to my own dealings with "them." Thank you for the comment.