I still like Mel. The good far outweighs the bad. As a Jew I should write him off due to his anti-Semitic remarks....but I don’t. Mel is OK with me.
We wouldn’t know about Mel insulting blacks and using the n-word except that his gold digger girlfriend did a number on him
I’m a female who has NO-absolutely NO- pity for abusive people. If any man did to me what Mel is accused of doing to his girlfriend, he would be in the morgue! That said-I think Gibson is his own worst enemy and is self-destructing. When you start out with some kind of religion and conscience, then go against it by abandoning your wife and family, I think the self-hatred takes over.
That being said, I can separate the man from the art. Gibson is still one of the most beautiful men to ever be on screen, he’s an awesome director and his talent cannot be denied. It can be trashed-by him- but not denied.
I just wonder how many stars would want their personal conversations recorded? How many would we think differently of if we heard their private lives? Most, I would wager.
If this were the 50’s, and we could hear the violent, drunken rages of Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, would their careers have been destroyed? Did Hollywood turn on Burton- a known violent drunk womanizer? No- and there was much more ‘morality’ back then. How about Errol Flynn- what a rep he had!
I’m not saying give Mel a pass, or that he is an ok guy( I think he needs serious help), but I do think his art should be just as separated from his life as Polanski’s or Burton’s or some of the absolute thugs and criminals who are ‘stars’ these days.
I can choose to buy Gibson’s ‘product’ without liking him as a human. The same way I can buy a car, or a house, or groceries without approving the personal life of the salesperson.