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Disney Cancels Mel Gibson Holocaust Series
NewsMax ^ | Aug. 1, 2006 | Reuters

Posted on 08/01/2006 6:14:52 AM PDT by kddid

The ABC television network has pulled a miniseries about the Holocaust it was developing with Mel Gibson 's production company, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, quoting an unidentified representative for the network.

Gibson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early on Friday and was reported to have launched into a tirade against Jews, asking the arresting officer if he was a Jew and blaming the Jews for starting all wars.

The actor, who holds strong conservative Catholic religious and political views and whose father is a Holocaust denier, apologized on Saturday.

The incident has raised questions about the future of projects Gibson and his Icon Productions company are working on, like the ABC television miniseries based on a memoir about a Dutch Jew during World War II, the newspaper said.

An ABC representative told the paper, without elaborating, it has been two years and the network still has not seen a script, so the project is being pulled. A spokesperson for ABC, which is owned by Walt Disney Co. , could not be reached for comment.

Disney's movie studio arm still plans to release Gibson 's self-financed Mayan-language movie "Apocalypto" on Dec. 8, Hollywood's trade papers reported. The Web site Slate.com quoted Walt Disney Studios president Oren Aviv as saying he accepted Gibson 's apology.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: blacklist; disney; hollywood; melgibson
Mel has the right to say anything he wants - be it bad or good. People have the right to turn the channel - if they actually sit around and watch TV instead of doing something constructive. I don't care about the opinions of "celebrities" one iota. I wish they would not even make the news. Also, I don't think anyone should be surprised by Mel's rant. If his dad has the same opinion, then he was taught and or picked up his views from a very early age. We see this every day with many muslim children. They are taught to hate and kill jews and infidels from day one and they carry that into adulthood.
1 posted on 08/01/2006 6:14:53 AM PDT by kddid
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To: kddid

Can't blame Disney at all on this.


2 posted on 08/01/2006 6:17:13 AM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find)
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To: kddid

This is NewsMax .........

Since when did Disney give a flying rip about social behaviour? It's all about the money ... and Mel Gibson is a cash cow.


3 posted on 08/01/2006 6:17:36 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: kddid

It's sad that Mel will pay a heavy price for his rant. The 60s crowd ('thought police') wants to regulate every word or thought that occurs to everyone. I remember a rhyme that I learned as a child that the newer generations need to adapt 'sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never harm me'. People just need to develop a thicker skin. If you don't like what someone is saying, change the channel.


4 posted on 08/01/2006 6:18:53 AM PDT by Ptaz (Take Personal Responsibility--it's not fun, but it's the right thing to do.)
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To: kddid
After viewing the Gay Day at Disney website, Disney has no moral high ground in which to spank anyone for seemingly questionable public displays.
5 posted on 08/01/2006 6:21:41 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: kddid

If Mel could turn the project into a gay relationship between a Jewish victim and his/her Nazi guard, Disney would fall all over itself trying to get it back into production.


6 posted on 08/01/2006 6:21:51 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: kddid

It was kinda dumb for these guys to make Mel a spokesman for this miniseries to begin with. It just highlights the controversy surrounding him.


7 posted on 08/01/2006 6:22:49 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: kddid
Well... it serves him right! This man is still a CHILD, a lot of growing up to do! What an idiot he really is... He removed all doubts about the suspicions said about the movie and him.

He will learn..

8 posted on 08/01/2006 6:26:19 AM PDT by ElPatriota (Let's not forget, we are all still friends despite our differences)
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To: kddid

But to hear the MSM, the Dixie Chicks are VICTIMS!!!

And have lost the right to FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!

I'm in business. If I make stupid comments to my clients, I lose business. Do I have that *right*, as an American, yes. I will not go to jail. But I do not have the right to not have consequences for those comments (ie: ticking off valuable clients).

That being said, I still love Mel Gibson's work.


9 posted on 08/01/2006 6:28:42 AM PDT by sandbar
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To: kddid

Booking photo

10 posted on 08/01/2006 6:29:46 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: sandbar

I investigate doctors for a living and came upon a doc that was convicted or murdering his wife. Spent time in prison, was released early and had his license to practice medicine restored.

State board determined the crime did not effect his ability to practice.

Now watch the assassination of Mel Gibson ......


11 posted on 08/01/2006 6:34:08 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: Fighting Irish

Might I add ...... there are forces that would love to see Mel destroyed for making a film like The Passion.

Those that have ears ... let them hear.


12 posted on 08/01/2006 6:36:26 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: kddid

Gay Day Orlando
Since 1991, gay men and lesbians from around the world have converged in and around Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for an entire weekend of exciting events centered around area theme parks and attractions. Gay Day Orlando attendance has grown considerably, attracting more than 100,000 gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, family and friends since 1998. Come on in and explore what we've got in store for you during Gay Day 2005 and beyond, and take a look back at past Gay Day's to relive those wonderful memories!


13 posted on 08/01/2006 6:41:22 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: Beth528

14 posted on 08/01/2006 6:46:36 AM PDT by Beth528
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To: Fighting Irish

"Might I add ...... there are forces that would love to see Mel destroyed for making a film like The Passion. "

I would agree that Mel is a target because of that movie.
But, I think you may be a bit dramatic. No one but Mel can destroy Mel. Mel is rich beyond most of our dreams, has a lovely wife and family. Mel has more control over his life and surroundings than I can imagine. It's all up to Mel.

Since it's all up to Mel, he should, and will, pay for his comments. Just as the Dixie Chicks paid, Mel will pay. Mel's fan base will stay, but he will lose some fans, to be sure. Mel being dropped from producing a movie about the Holocaust is a no-brainer. It had to be done.

Alcohol is a truth serum. Sure we say stupid things when drunk, but there is truth behind what we say. I'd say that Mel is an anti-semite. I think Mel needs help with his drinking problem, and his anti-semite attitude. He has the means, does he have the courage?


15 posted on 08/01/2006 6:49:49 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: brownsfan

I'll buy the "bit dramatic" comment ...... but I was referring to a more spritual battle within Mel. As you correctly stated, only Mel can fight that fight.


16 posted on 08/01/2006 6:54:52 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: Fighting Irish
After viewing the Gay Day at Disney website, Disney has no moral high ground in which to spank anyone for seemingly questionable public displays.

Disney neither organizes, nor do they endorse in any way, Gay Day.

Gay Days are only organized by independent gay and lesbian groups that infiltrate many different theme parks across the USA every year. You can read more about it here.

17 posted on 08/01/2006 12:14:56 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Nasr'allah, inta yebnen kelb. Shem et Duat.)
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To: Beth528

One of the biggest misconceptions about Disney is that they organize and endorse Gay Days at their theme parks.

This is not true. Gay Days are only organized by independent gay and lesbian groups that infiltrate many different theme parks across the USA every year. They are keenly aware that many of us regular folk mistakenly believe that Disney is the 'evil culprit', and relish the idea that people mistakenly boycott Disney as a result. They have no intention of going out of their way to make the truth known, and in fact, count on that misconception to keep people away. Disney neither organizes, nor do they endorse in any way, Gay Day.


18 posted on 08/01/2006 12:19:00 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Nasr'allah, inta yebnen kelb. Shem et Duat.)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness

...and the reason Disney does not warn its non-gay patrons as to gay day events is because......?


19 posted on 08/01/2006 12:27:06 PM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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To: Fighting Irish
...and the reason Disney does not warn its non-gay patrons as to gay day events is because......?

...because it's not a Disney sponsored event. There is no communication between Gay Day organizers and Disney. The park has about as much information on Gay Day as the public does.

You can do the homework yourself.

Before I visit the park I take two seconds to visit the Gay Day site to see what days not to go on.

Problem solved.

21 posted on 08/01/2006 2:58:26 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Nasr'allah, inta yebnen kelb. Shem et Duat.)
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To: Ptaz
The 60s crowd ('thought police') wants to regulate every word or thought that occurs to everyone. I remember a rhyme that I learned as a child that the newer generations need to adapt 'sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never harm me'. People just need to develop a thicker skin. If you don't like what someone is saying, change the channel.

Sure isn't what everyone was saying here about the Dixie Chicks...
22 posted on 08/01/2006 2:59:52 PM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: Fighting Irish
...and the reason Disney does not warn its non-gay patrons as to gay day events is because......?

Because they have nothing to do with the gay day events?
23 posted on 08/01/2006 3:01:34 PM PDT by Stone Mountain
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To: Beth528

That ad is so gay....


24 posted on 08/01/2006 3:03:46 PM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: CheneyChick

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a3785f91c737c.htm


25 posted on 08/01/2006 3:22:48 PM PDT by Beth528
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To: Beth528
This article is seven years old.

Rest assured the incident has, by now, been resolved.

Welcome to the 21st century.

26 posted on 08/01/2006 3:51:03 PM PDT by Maximus_Ridiculousness (Nasr'allah, inta yebnen kelb. Shem et Duat.)
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To: kddid
Catch the Countdown replay today with Jackie Mason.

JACKIE MASON ON COUNTDOWN

27 posted on 08/01/2006 5:52:38 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ("I don't think they want my respect; I think they want my submission." - Flemming Rose)
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To: Maximus_Ridiculousness
Problem solved.

....but I have to complain about something..... :)

28 posted on 08/02/2006 6:01:45 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Béagán agus a rá go maith)
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