Friday, June 14, 2024

Jodie Foster Is Wrong About Defending Mel Gibson


Jodie Foster is wrong about Mel Gibson. Sorry.

In the new More magazine, Foster defends Mel Gibson, who happens to star in her as yet unreleased and unscheduled film, “The Beaver.”

Jodie says: “When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they are struggling. Of course, Mel is an undeniably gifted actor and director, and The Beaver is one of his most powerful and moving performances. But more importantly, he is and has been a true and loyal friend. I hope I can help him get through this dark moment.”

Now let’s review this ‘dark moment’. It started in 2006 when Mel was arrested for drunk driving and leveled anti-Semitic remarks to his arresting officer. He told Officer James Mee: “F—ng Jews…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” He addressed a female cop as “sugar tits.”

At the same time, Mel’s father was revealed as a Holocaust denier and a contributor to neo Nazi publications. Mel refused to criticize him. Instead, he built a church in Malibu for Catholics who don’t believe in the Pope and decry what’s known as Vatican II. They blame the Jews for the death of Jesus. And so on.

This was all after making “The Passion of the Christ,” in which Jews were depicted as money grubbers with hooked noses who wanted Jesus dead.

Now this year has been taken up with Mel’s problems concerning the mother his illegitimate child, Oksana Grigorieva. We’ve all heard the tapes. Not only does Mel use the “n” word, he also uses language toward women that I would think made Jodie Foster’s hair stand up straight. There are allegations of domestic abuse. Did Oksana push his buttons? Sure. Did he respond in the worst ways imaginable? Yes.

Jodie, this is what he said to Oksana: “If you raped by a pack n—-ers, it will be your fault.” This is inexcusable, for anyone, no matter how angry they are. If he’d said that to you, you would have called the police.

Foster won her Oscar for “The Accused,” about a woman who is gang raped on a pool table. She should know better than to continue to defend this man. Whether on feminist grounds or just plain humanist, Gibson is a pig. It doesn’t matter whether or not he’s good in the ridiculously titled, “The Beaver.” Her mistake was making a movie with him in the first place. She shouldn’t be compounding the mistake by defending him. Sorry, Jodie. On this one, you are dead wrong.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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