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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:

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Mel Gibson accused of violent and anti-Jewish rants
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..
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/47037091
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 ‘it’s in the Torah -- it’s in there!” (It isn’t).”
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 Department’s 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???

See also:

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.
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TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: antisemitism; chat; eszterhas; maccabees; melgibson; movies; racism; thepassion; vanity; warnerbrothers

1 posted on 04/15/2012 3:42:48 AM PDT by Milagros
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To: Milagros

“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.


2 posted on 04/15/2012 4:26:59 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: vladimir998

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.


3 posted on 04/15/2012 4:54:22 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: vladimir998

It’s a shame he put his racist Nazi type “hooked nose” drawing there.


4 posted on 04/15/2012 5:27:18 AM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: sayuncledave
Believe me I liked the movie, just not the the stereotypical portraying of Jews. Why would they “look” different than Jesus? It doesn’t make any sense.
5 posted on 04/15/2012 5:34:41 AM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: Milagros
Gibson isn't new to this. His cold shoulder treatment from Hollywood, for MAKING this film, really set the tone for the "get Mel" theme. It didn't matter what good he did, he and his family were excoriated from every angle. That's Hollyweird for ya. They just couldn't stand it...a movie about Jesus that was good, decent, true, with NO ant-Christ message.

His masterpiece, Passion of the Christ will outlive all the Gibson haters, as it should.

6 posted on 04/15/2012 5:36:59 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Milagros
His antiSemetic rant really did refject the thoughts of a deranged human being. Think about it, his most compelling movie was about a Jewish carpenter and yet...

I hope the years of counseling have helped the man. His movies were wonderful.

7 posted on 04/15/2012 6:06:26 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: Milagros

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.


8 posted on 04/15/2012 6:06:51 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Caipirabob
God bless you for your awesome words.
9 posted on 04/15/2012 6:08:42 AM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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10 posted on 04/15/2012 6:12:30 AM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Milagros

Gee. Every time I post an article without a link it gets pulled.


11 posted on 04/15/2012 6:14:14 AM PDT by IbJensen (We now have a government requiring citizens prove they are insured but not that they are citizens.)
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To: Milagros

Mel Gibson is riddled with signs of madness.


12 posted on 04/15/2012 6:23:30 AM PDT by Havisham
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To: Milagros

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.

Christo Jivkov....John
Francesco De Vito....Peter
Matthia Sbragia....Caiphas
Toni Bertorelli....Annas
Luca Lionello....Judas
Hristo Shopov....Pontius Pilate
Fabio Sartor....Abenader
Giacinto Ferro....Joseph of Arimathea
Aleksander Mincer....Nicodemus
Lucio Allocca....Old Temple Guard
Paco Reconti....Whipping Guard
Adel Bakri....Temple Guard
Luciano Dragone....Second Man
Adel Ben Ayed....Thomas
Franco Constanzo....Accuser
Lino Salemme....Accuser
Francesco De Rosa....Accuser
Maurizio Di Carmine....Elder
Francesco Gabriele,,,,Elder
Angelo Di Loreta....Elder
Federico Pacifici....Elder
Roberto Santi....Elder
Giovanni Vetorazzo....Elder
Ted Rusoff....Elder
Tom Shaker....Eyepatch
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.


13 posted on 04/15/2012 6:27:27 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Milagros

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.


14 posted on 04/15/2012 6:29:06 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Havisham

He’s bipolar.


15 posted on 04/15/2012 6:45:22 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Cvengr
Jesus and the disciples were Jewish also

Exactly. There was no reason by Mel Gibson to draw different facial features among ANY of them (incluing the Pharosees).

16 posted on 04/15/2012 6:49:01 AM PDT by Milagros (Y)
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To: cloudmountain
"His masterpiece, Passion of the Christ will outlive all the Gibson haters, as it should."

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....


17 posted on 04/15/2012 6:59:19 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: cuban leaf
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.

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.

18 posted on 04/15/2012 7:17:20 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Fiji Hill

I’m awaiting the sequel.


19 posted on 04/15/2012 8:11:51 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Milagros

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.
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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.


20 posted on 04/15/2012 9:09:22 AM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Fiji Hill
I didn't like it either, for the same reason. If I remember correctly, the film also didn't mention the Resurrection.

The last scene, of the Resurrected Jesus, Incarnate among men, was the crowning glory of the film.

21 posted on 04/15/2012 9:10:03 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: Caipirabob

The man is “Bi-Polar” with a capital “B”.


22 posted on 04/15/2012 9:11:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Milagros

The Passion is one of the most amazing movies ever made

it was a sin that it did not get bes picture, but those evil bastards were afraid they would burn if they touced it or something

No matter what else is going on in his personal life, I give him kudos for that movie


23 posted on 04/15/2012 9:14:09 AM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Cvengr
I’m awaiting the sequel.

:)

24 posted on 04/15/2012 9:27:55 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: Milagros

I don ‘t get too worked up over Jews playing Kirk and Spock. I tbink it is funny that they played Col. Klink and Sgt. Schulz.

Italians and Jews have portrayed each other in Hollywood movies from the beginning, ask Sonny Corleone.

The movie was filmed in Italy, and Gibson was bankrolling the whole thing. No doubt that after the main stars, he would go for local talent. A Jewess did play the Blessed Virgin Mary. ALebanese friend of mine’s main complaint was the woodeness of the Aramaic.


25 posted on 04/15/2012 10:07:45 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Fiji Hill
If I remember correctly, the film also didn't mention the Resurrection.

You don't remember correctly.

26 posted on 04/15/2012 10:31:51 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: Milagros

I liked Rosalinda Celentano as Satan.

I’m a gentile advocate of the Old Testament, and don’t believe in Satan, considering it an abstraction of the human mind. But evil can be very seductive.


27 posted on 04/15/2012 10:36:39 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: DJ MacWoW

I thought I heard that before.


28 posted on 04/16/2012 4:19:35 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you so much,Pumpkin. You're the best cat in the world and I love you <3)
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