Mel Gibson – 5 Reasons We Should Have Known
January 16, 2012 7 Comments
Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade is back in the news, because the cop who reported it is suing his bosses:
Mee, who is Jewish, filed the suit in September 2010, claiming that he was overlooked for six to seven other posts after complaining to his bosses that the Oscar-winning star received preferential treatment from deputies.
He also alleges that his bosses ordered him to remove parts of his report about Gibson’s arrest, “effectively participating in covering up the anti-Semitic posture of Mr Gibson,” said his lawyers.
I’m of the opinion that there must be other cover-ups. Surely the anti-Semitic and anti-woman rants that we know about are not the only ones. In fact, when it comes to his misogyny, all one needed in order to see that Mel Gibson had issues was to examine his movie choices. Why else would he seem to get off on being in so many movies where his wife, girlfriend, or special-someone gets killed, raped, or raped-then-killed?
It’s been a while, but let’s stroll down memory lane, past all the dead bodies, and count some of them up.
1. Mad Max: The Original.
Jessie (Joanne Samuel) can be forgiven for not knowing what happens to women in Mel Gibson movies, as it was only 1979.
2. Lethal Weapon: The Buddy Picture.
In Lethal Weapon (1987), Martin Riggs’ crazed behavior is due to the death of his wife. Wallow! Wallow in it, Mel! The world is out to get you! In the sequel, we will learn that the world was out to get him, and that her death was actually a murder attempt on Riggs.
3. Lethal Weapon II: The Sequel.
Two years later, in Lethal Weapon II, the bad guys target Rigg’s new girl. Darn it, why must all the bad things happen to Mel? The poor man! Oh, and the girl drowns.
4. Hamlet: The Attempt at Art.
Critics wondered why Gibson chose in 1990 to star in a film based on a William Shakespeare play, given that Gibson’s action lacks subtlety, nuance, depth…or am I being too kind? The answer, of course, was that Hamlet had a girlfriend who went crazy and killed herself, which is just the sort of thing to make Gibson feel all good and sorry for himself. Oh, and the girl drowns.
5. Braveheart: The Ultimate Epic.
In 1995, Mel Gibson got to double down. No, not by both directing and starring in the film, but by having his movie wife both raped and killed.
Look, I understand that acting is acting, and I think it’s a good thing to use art in order to explore the darker aspects of life. I just thought there was some sort of weird obsession on Gibson’s part with inflicting suffering on women and then casting himself as the victim. It happened a little too often, and then it spilled out into the open.
What women want?