Saturday, July 29, 2006


Christopher Hitchens is a smart guy, right? In 2004 he wrote a Slate essay that was scathingly critical of Mel Gibson, making the startling assertion that -- aside from generally being a jerk and a bore -- Gibson was an anti-Semite and even a Holocaust denier. Here's an excerpt from the essay (discussing an earlier, "simperingly lenient" interview of Mel Gibson by Peggy Noonan):

Noonan asked him a question that he must have known was coming, and which he must have prepared for, and she asked him in effect to "make nice" and agree that the Holocaust actually had occurred. His answer was, to all effects and purposes, a cold and flat "no." A lot of people, he agreed, had died in the last war. No doubt many Jews were among the casualties. It's one of the most frigid and shrugging things I have ever read. You would not know from this response that the war was begun by a fascist ruling party that believed in a Jewish world conspiracy, and thus that all of those killed were in part victims of anti-Semitism. . . .

But then, you were not brought up by Mel Gibson's father, who has repeatedly and recently stated that there was a population explosion among European Jews in the years 1933-1945 and that the Holocaust story is mainly "fiction." Young Gibson, when asked about this by Diane Sawyer, told her not to press him (which she obediently did not). But when asked by Noonan, he replied by saying that "My father has never told me a lie."

So here it is 2006, and Gibson is arrested for going 87 in a 45 while lit. Here's an account of the arrest:

TMZ has learned that [Los Angeles County Sheriff's] Deputy Mee audiotaped the entire exchange between himself and Gibson, from the time of the traffic stop to the time Gibson was put in the patrol car, and that the tape fully corroborates the written report.

Once inside the car, a source directly connected with the case says Gibson began banging himself against the seat. The report says Gibson told the deputy, "You mother f****r. I'm going to f*** you." The report also says "Gibson almost continually [sic] threatened me saying he 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me."

The report says Gibson then launched into a barrage of anti-Semitic statements: "F*****g Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Gibson then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?"

UPDATE BY ELOISE: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's civilian oversight office announces it will investigate whether authorities gave Gibson preferential treatment and tried to cover up alleged offensive comments and behavior. Gibson issues a statement: "After drinking alcohol on Thursday night, I did a number of things that were very wrong and for which I am ashamed."


Hitch kicks Mel's ass in the holding-your-booze department, that's for sure.

By Blogger THE WARRIOR MONK, at 9:27 AM  

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