Skip to comments.Italian friend: 'Dear Mel Gibson! Why did you stain 'The Passion' with your ugly racism?'
Posted on 04/15/2012 3:42:47 AM PDT by Milagros
The following is from an Italian penpal:
Mel Gibson accused of violent and anti-Jewish rantshttp://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/47037091
The script Eszterhas wrote for Mel Gibson is entitled " The MacCabees '," a project Gibson initiated after facing an earlier round of anti-semitism charges. Gibson..
Eszterhas: Mel Gibson hates Jews; wanted to murder Oksana
Eszterhas writes: You said the Holocaust was mostly a lot of horses. You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, ... you insisted its in the Torah -- its in there! (It isnt).
The Hungarian-born Eszterhas has written about anti-Semitism in his own family, including his father, István Eszterhas, a Catholic newspaper editor who voiced pro-Nazi opinions before and during the war and of the State Departments investigation of his father for alleged war crimes. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/147155266.html
The Passion was supposed to be such a great project... Yet bigoted Mel couldn't hold himself back from not embedding his racist garbage.
Why would 'Jesus' look any different -physically- than his Jewish colleagues???
The camera opens with Jesus and some of his followers in a dark shady garden, Jesus is crying and surrounded by his men who are comforting him. A sudden shatter of the darkness is interrupted by hook noses Jews with dark circles under their eyes, dressed in warrior gear, who proceed to savagely beat Jesus to the ground.
“Why would ‘Jesus’ look any different -physically- than his Jewish colleagues???”
I thought those playing Jews in the film looked generally the same. Very few were actually Jews either.
True. Wasn’t the gentleman portraying Saint Peter Italian? If I am not mistaken, one of the last times I watched my dvd, I watched all the special features, and I seem to remember most of purported Jews, as well as the Romans, being Italian. Either way, this screenwriter has an “axe to grind,” both with regard to his perception of anti-semitism, and Mr. Gibson and Warner Brothers. It sounds very much as if he may be unjustly making the accusation here. Also, I doubt the man in question could dispute that, like you and I, Mr. Gibson’s favorite individual is of Jewish descent: Our Lord.
It’s a shame he put his racist Nazi type “hooked nose” drawing there.
His masterpiece, Passion of the Christ will outlive all the Gibson haters, as it should.
I hope the years of counseling have helped the man. His movies were wonderful.
I watched that movie with my wife, my pastor and his wife, and a bunch of church leaders. For some reason, I was the only one that didn’t like it. I felt like a disgusting voyeur watching a realistic and lifelike re-enactment of what happened to my Lord and Savior.
Then, the next year I saw a church “musical” about the death and resurrection of Jesus. I had the same reaction.
I understand the singing Christmas tree thing, but turning his death and resurrection into entertainment is just too much.
Kinda reminds me of ancient Rome. Revelling in the pain and suffering of others. And now we have Hunger Games. We really are like ancient rome, except the gladiators are in 3-D on the big screen and, in the end, they’re not really dead. But we see more “blood”, and more close up than anyone in those ancient events.
Even more than those who actually tortured Jesus.
The culture in which we live is a gold plated garbage can.
Gee. Every time I post an article without a link it gets pulled.
Mel Gibson is riddled with signs of madness.
A few thoughts for you: Our Lord is Divine and human. Two natures in one Person. That alone explains the casting of the character of Our Lord being different from that of the Apostles. They weren’t divine, but human. Second, these are names of male cast members, pulled from the IMDB page on the movie.
Francesco De Vito....Peter
Hristo Shopov....Pontius Pilate
Giacinto Ferro....Joseph of Arimathea
Lucio Allocca....Old Temple Guard
Paco Reconti....Whipping Guard
Adel Bakri....Temple Guard
Luciano Dragone....Second Man
Adel Ben Ayed....Thomas
Francesco De Rosa....Accuser
Maurizio Di Carmine....Elder
Angelo Di Loreta....Elder
Andrea Coppola....Grizzled Beard
Romuald Andrezej Klos....Roman Soldier
Giuseppe Lo Console....Roman Soldier
Dario D’Ambrosi...Roman Soldier
Luciano Federico...Man in Audience
Now, as you can see, the vast majority of these folks are doubtless Italian actors. I’ve included this many not to belabor the point so much as to underscore it, lest anyone think I’ve been cherry-picking. You could perhaps say that Mel’s casting director, Shaila Rubin (you should see her resumé) may have chosen actors whose appearance she thought suitable for portraying the population of Jerusalem in the first century. But you could also (in a more frivolous manner) state just how older Italian actors can resemble perceived stereotypes of first century Jews. Either way, a masterpiece of a movie. No racism involved. And because text doesn’t properly convey it, please, picture my having said this in a calm, matter-of-fact, conversational tone. ;) That’s truly how I mean it.
The author seems to forget Jesus and the disciples were Jewish also.
He also seems to forget the Hebrew nation WAS a race by God’s Plan. Only after the rejection of Jesus Christ as the Messiah did an Age of Gentiles arise.
Exactly. There was no reason by Mel Gibson to draw different facial features among ANY of them (incluing the Pharosees).
Long before we had movie stars, western art had painters. Caravaggio, for example, was a particularly nasty person, but his art endures, while few are aware of the reputation he bore during his lifetime....
I didn't like it either, for the same reason. If I remember correctly, the film also didn't mention the Resurrection.
Having the actors speak Aramaic made it realistic, but in the scenes in which Latin was spoken, it was not classical Latin but liturgical Latin, which almost certainly would not have been spoken at the time.
I’m awaiting the sequel.
Actually, Mel purposely made the actor who played Jesus (Jim Cavizel) look more Jewish by altering his nose by make-up. I always got the impression he was going after realism, not in stereotyping.
I’m of Mexican extraction and I consider myself pretty keen on what’s stereotyping and what isn’t. Stereotyping does exist, of course, but some people call “Stereotype!” at the drop of a hat by being over-sensitive. With all the hoopla surrounding the film, I actually made a point to look for it while watching the film and I just didn’t see it.