Last week, actor Joshua Malina (“Scandal”) wrote a lengthy article for The Atlantic magazine promoting the “cancellation” of Mel Gibson because of his prejudices.
Also known for his work on “The Big Bang Theory” and “No Limite”, Malina accuses the director of “The Passion of Christ” of anti-Semitism and claims that Gibson hates Jews.
The text titled “Cancel Mel Gibson” was prompted after the veteran was hired as director of “Lethal Weapon 5”.
In part of the text, it says that:
“Gibson is a known enemy of the Jews (the anti-Semite is very gentle). Your prejudices are well documented. So my question is: what should a person do [de tão ruim] to be on the Hollywood Excluded List? “
He goes on to say that he wouldn’t take even the biggest paycheck to work with Gibson and has discredited his work on the Lethal Weapon franchise, saying all success is due to the talent of co-star Danny Glover.
“I tend to take most of the jobs that are offered to me and it pains me to say it, but I wouldn’t agree to work with Mel Gibson, you couldn’t pay me enough for it. I love Lethal Weapon movies (at least the early ones). Danny Glover is a gem, but Gibson? He’s talented, yes, but horrible people are also capable of making wonderful art. I’m a huge fan of Roald Dahl, Pablo Picasso and Edith Wharton, I never tire of what they sell, but they had the good taste to die. It makes it easier to consume what they have produced. Gibson is alive and Tinseltown doesn’t need to hire him anymore, ”Malina said of the opportunities for Gibson.
Malina still wonders if the “culture of cancellation” is worth anything for big personalities, because the “powerful” in Hollywood seem to tolerate anti-Semitic rhetoric.
“The fact that this doesn’t seem to bother the executives of Warner Bros. [responsável por ‘Máquina Mortífera 5‘] I wonder if, for them, “the Jews don’t matter” – as the comic David Baddiel postulates in his book of the same name. Baddiel, a British Jew, argues that “educated” society treats anti-Semitism as a semi-acceptable form of prejudice. And what is most infuriating and confusing is that the progressive, anti-racist left often seems to tolerate it and sometimes produce it. It breaks my heart to think about how many Jews had to be part of the process leading up to the Warner Bros. announcement. “
“It’s arguably true that the main targets of Gibson’s prejudice are Jews, but what troubles me is that Hollywood is also neglecting its deep misogyny and investing in racism. I wish that anti-Jewish hatred alone was enough to throw you into the wilderness, but if it’s because of your other prejudices, that’s fine with me. Let him take the hundreds of millions he’s already earned in Hollywood and retire to a nice place to contemplate his life choices. I have heard that the Judean Hills are beautiful this time of year.
Finally, he says he is not afraid of the repercussions of his criticisms and plans a boycott of his career after the exhibition.
“I’m writing this knowing that Warner Bros. is more likely to boycott Joshua Malina’s career than that of Mel Gibson. But if that’s the result, so be it. I’ve had a good career. . It would be great if top executives, producers and actors would also take a stand. So I could believe in this culture of cancellation that I have read so much about. And I could also believe that the lives of Jews really matters. ”
In June of last year, Gibson had already been accused by Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”) of spreading homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the actress, who is also Jewish, revealed that she had previously suffered prejudice from the artistic world due to her origins and that Gibson had offended her, mocking her. she.
Ryder also remembers Gibson being stunned when he learned she was Jewish and used the derogatory term oven dodge to describe her, which means something like a classification of “people who escaped in. the furnace “.
“Later the subject of the Jews was brought up, and he said to me, ‘No, you are not an’ oven tamer ‘, are you? “I’m not religious, but it’s hard for me to talk about it, I’ve had family members who died in concentration camps, so it’s a sensitive topic.”
Winona had previously mentioned the shock with Gibson’s attitude during an interview with GQ in 2010. Despite this, a representative for the actor dismissed the case by speaking to the TooFab portal.
“That’s a 100% lie. She lied about it ten years ago to the press, and she’s still lying now. She also lied about him when trying to apologize later. Actually, he got in touch with her many years ago, but it was to confront her with lies, and she refused to speak to him.
Gibson, meanwhile, was indicted for the same reasons in 2006 after being arrested for impaired driving. As he testified, he asserted that “the Jews were responsible for all the wars in the world”.
10 years later, he admitted to Variety that he had said the phrase, but tried to justify himself by saying that he “had a hothead”.
“It was an unfortunate incident. I was angry and I was stuck. I was illegally recorded by an unscrupulous policeman who was never prosecuted for this crime, ”he said.
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