MY NAME IS MEL & I'M AN ALCOHOLIC
Mel Gibson has always seemed a decent guy who loves his wife and family. Many believe he's conservative, and he may be, but I've never heard him say he was. When Patrick Kennedy crashed into a police car last May, while driving drunk, he wasn't breathalized and he was driven home by a cop. On the other hand, Mel, who was stopped for speeding, was hauled into the Police Station where his BAC was determined and noted. No special treatment so far. Like Kennedy, Gibson has entered rehab. Most of us can appreciate the gravity of alcoholism, and its effects upon the loved ones, so we wished Kennedy well without consideration to politics. How sad that Mel gibson is not being afforded the same consideration. The hypocrisy between the two cases is astounding.
I know, I know, Mel said some vile things. But does he have a history of saying them while sober? Just like I don't know his politics, neither do I know what's in his heart. Many of us harbor despicable thoughts which we may never voice or act upon, at least while sober. Does that make us awful people?
I'm not defending Mel, but I don't automatically buy the idea that he's anti-Semitic, either. As I said yesterday, if spouting anti-Semitic slurs means you hate Jews, then Hillary must hate Jews, too, and she was sober. Mel Gibson's real sin, at least in the eyes of the Left, wasn't his drunken tirade but his sobering movie "The Passion of the Christ."
This article by Clinton Taylor expresses it best. Read the whole thing.
Braveheart's Tequila Sunset: I have a feeling the kind of people who tend to ignore and excuse the anti-Semitic screeds coming out of Hezbollah will also be the kind of people who regard every awful word Mel Gibson said while plastered as a true expression of what he really, secretly believes.
There is an overly large group of people out there willing to look for nuance in the fanatically eliminationist rhetoric of Iran's President. His statements are never made under the influence of alcohol, and yet his stone-cold sober rantings about the destruction of Israel and his hints about nuclear weapons are parsed away and ascribed to the particular nuances of his culture. But Mel Gibson? Let's all pretend we know exactly what he thinks when he's sober, based on the balderdash he roars with a bottle of Tequila under his belt.
8 Today's account in the NY Post: The bleary-eyed star was spotted at celeb-studded Moonshadows restaurant with a babe on each arm and a beer bottle in his right hand late Thursday and into the wee hours Friday. Revelers said Gibson admitted that he had been downing wine at a dinner party earlier Thursday. He then readily chatted with fans about everything from his movies to religion to his seven kids - and even called his wife of 26 years, Robyn, "a saint."
"We all offered him rides, and he shrugged it off," Lesak said.
Hausberger said he urged the star, who lives a few miles away, not to drive, but that Gibson responded:
"No, I'm fine. I'll take care of myself."
A Los Angeles Sheriff's deputy busted the Road Warrior in his 2006 Lexus going 87 mph in a 45 mph zone, shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday. A bottle of tequila was found in his car.
8 On a lighter note, Doug Powers noticed that Mel Gibson's Mugshot Not a Hollywood Hall-of-Famer
I wish Mel Gibson well, and his family, too.
UPDATE: Mel Gibson Was 'Really On The Verge Of Suicide' Before His DUI Arrest; 'This Was A Death Wish': I'm told by a source intimate with his situation tonight that Mel Gibson "was really on the verge of suicide because he felt he was helpless to alcohol and didn't know what to do about it." Sure, my reaction was: sounds like spin. But the source here is someone I've known closely for years.