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Drunken Mel, Sober Mind

This reminds me of a saying I’ve heard from my mom a couple of times: A drunk man speaks a sober mind.

It’s not bad enough that Gibson, darling of religious right since he gave them their very own snuff film, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. But according to one report he was also disorderly, and loudly anti-semetic during his arrest.

TMZ has four pages of the original report prepared by the arresting officer in the case, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy James Mee. According to the report, Gibson became agitated after he was stopped on Pacific Coast Highway and told he was to be detained for drunk driving Friday morning in Malibu. The actor began swearing uncontrollably. Gibson repeatedly said, “My life is f****d.”

… 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?”

I’ll just wait for his christian nationalist cronies to line up and condemn his remarks. But I won’t hold my breath.

Of course, nothing about this surprises anyone who knows anything about Mel. His dad, after all is a holocaust denier. The fruit doesn’t fall all that far from the tree.

And speaking of fruit, and related to the saying above, there’s another obsession that has occasionally seeped out of Mel’s inebriated brain, and that’s related to his recent drunken tirade. Indeed, it springs from the same place.

… it came back to me this week that an associate of his had once told me, in lacerating detail, that an evening with Mel was one long fiesta of boring but graphic jokes about anal sex. I’ve since had that confirmed by other sources. And, long before he emerged as the spear-carrier for the sort of Catholicism once preached by Gen. Franco and the persecutors of Dreyfus, Mel Gibson attained a brief notoriety for his loud and crude attacks on gays. Now he’s become the proud producer of a movie that relies for its effect almost entirely on sadomasochistic male narcissism. The culture of blackshirt and brownshirt pseudomasculinity, as has often been pointed out, depended on some keen shared interests. Among them were massively repressed homoerotic fantasies, a camp interest in military uniforms, an obsession with flogging and a hatred of silky and effeminate Jews.

Those crude attacks mentioned above date back at least as far as 1992.

Heartthrob actor Mel Gibson, asked by one of Spain’s leading magazines what he thinks of homosexuals, launched into a tirade against gay men.

“They take it up the ass,” Gibson told El Pais as he got out of his chair, bent over and pointed to his butt. “This is only for taking a shit,” he said.

Reminded by the interviewer, Koro Castellano, that he worked with gays while studying at the School of Dramatic Arts, Gibson

added: “They were good people, kind, I like them. But their thing is not my thing.”

Castellano said, “But you were obsessed with the thought that if you were an actor, people would confuse you with one of them.”

“Yes,” Gibson admitted, “but I did it. I became an actor despite that. But with this look, who’s going to think I’m gay?n It would be hard to take me for someone like that.”

And now it’ll be hard for anyone to take him for an anti-semite too, right?

But back to the saying at the beginning of the post. It’s pretty simple. Get a few drinks into a guy, and it sometimes loosens his tounge enough for him to show you who he really is by telling you what he really thinks; what his sense of propriety, of what’s socially acceptable and what’s not, might inhibit him from saying.

He’ll take it all back in the morning when he sobers up, and he’ll probably even apologize. But it doesn’t change the fact that alcohol is a lubricant that sometimes causes the socially acceptable mask from slipping.

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