Mel Gibson, telling his girlfriend he did not like her dress.
Whatever happened to guys just lying and saying "No that dress doesn't make you look fat"?
So, what does that statement sound like to you?
If you answered that it was an ignorant, racist, sexist, psychotic, likely substance-induced, hateful rant you of course would be absolutely correct but it is more than that.
It is the sound of someone's career dying.
I used to like Mel Gibson. He has significant talent both as a director and an actor. We own Braveheart and I thought it was an incredible, although slightly historically inaccurate, depiction of the Scottish fight for independence.
We parted ways though when he made his anti-Semitic rants. I started to drift back a little because he went on a lengthy and, by appearances, heart-felt mea culpa. This is too much though.
These recent comments combined with his previous remarks about the Jewish makes it clear this is a disturbed and hateful man.
He will eventually play the substance abuse card, he did with his anti-Semitic comments. That only goes so far.
First, he's had one strike. He supposedly knew he had the problem before and he has not addressed the problem.
Second, I have always been skeptical of the "mean drunk" theory. I work with a lot of drunks in my job. Some of them are complete bastards when they are drunk, hitting staff, kicking, biting, spitting, etc. They are a little better when they sober up but most are still idiots to some extent.
Substance abuse is a complex issue and I am not a specialist but I do not buy into the theory that alcohol makes people mean or do things they would never do when sober.
I have always thought that alcohol lowers inhibitions and lets a person's true nature come out.
In Gibson's case, this would mean he is an anti-Semitic, racist jerk but is able to control these urges when sober. When abusing alcohol his inhibitions are lowered and his real self emerges.
What this all means for me is I am not sure if I feel sorry for someone who may be a good man but has let alcohol control and ruin his life or is, at heart, a mean SOB who needs to just go away.
Right now, I'm thinking don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.