What Happened to Mel?

It’s hard to ignore the fact that Mel Gibson seems to be hellbent on self-destruction these days.  Taking into account the current mess he’s involved in with Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of latest child (one can’t assume this is his last child), his drunken rages, his arrests, his controversial remarks, and a host of other widely acclaimed red flags on his character, one can only assume that this debacle is not likely to end any time soon.  So, what happened to Mel?

First, a brief background check:  Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, born on January 3, 1956 in Peekskill, NY, was the sixth of 11 children.  He moved to Australia when he was 12.  He made his film debut in the 1977 film Summer City.  His career catapulted from such notable films as the Mad Max series, The Year of Living Dangerously, the Lethal Weapon series, and Braveheart.  He went on to direct and produce the controversial movie The Passion of the Christ.  Mel is separated from his wife Robyn, with whom he has seven children. 

Mel unraveled.  Too much money, too much fame, but above all, a doggedly anti-EVERYTHING belief system set in place by his father, Hutton Gibson.  To understand Mel, you have to know something about Hutton.   Here are just a few tidbits about Hutton Gibson: 

From Wikipedia:

Gibson is an outspoken critic of the post-Second Vatican Council Catholic Church and a proponent of various conspiracy theories.  In a 2003 interview he questioned how the Nazis could have disposed of six million bodies during the Holocaust and claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks were perpetrated by remote control.  He has also been quoted as saying the Second Vatican Council was “a Masonic plot backed by the Jews.

In further detail:  

Gibson garnered widespread outrage when remarks questioning how the Nazis could have disposed of six million bodies during the Holocaust were printed in a March 2003 New York Times Magazine article.  In his interview for the article, he dismissed historical accounts that six million Jews were exterminated: “Go and ask an undertaker or the guy who operates the crematorium what it takes to get rid of a dead body,” he said. “It takes one liter of petrol and 20 minutes. Now, six million?”

Across the table during the interview, his wife, Joye, who had been quiet for most of the visit, suddenly looked up and “cheerfully piped in ‘There weren’t even that many Jews in all of Europe.'”

“Anyway, there were more after the war than before” Hutton Gibson added.

“The entire catastrophe was manufactured, said Hutton, as part of an arrangement between Hitler and ‘financiers’ to move Jews out of Germany. Hitler ‘had this deal where he was supposed to make it rough on them so they would all get out and migrate to Israel because they needed people there to fight the Arabs,’ he said”.

I am not going to get into a lengthy discussion about Hutton Gibson’s obvious anti-Semitic remarks.  What I am going to suggest is that his son Mel had to have been influenced by this zealous rhetoric being played out in the home on a daily basis.  This, coupled with his fame, fortune and once (now pretty much gone) good looks, and his clearly self-elected sense of entitlement, have made him a lethal weapon. 

I don’t feel any need to agree with Mel Gibson’s politcal views to watch his movies.  I also think he is entitled to have his opinions and express them on the large screen, even if they offend me.  However, as his current behavior seems to suggest that of a small child having one temper tantrum after another, I respectfully suggest a long time-out as punishment.  At this point he is clearly emotionally disabled, and I think it will be a long time, if ever, before we see any kind of focused, mature response from this raging, out-of-control talent.  Such a waste.

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