Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Mel Gibson, DUI. Mel Gibson's Career, RIP.

There's no doubt that Mel Gibson's recent DUI arrest and alleged anti-semitic rant (tho he seems to have acknowledged it in a vague apology) are the talk of the blogosphere at the moment. Look at the posts in the last 90 days, per Technorati:

Posts that contain "mel Gibson" per day for the last 30 days.
Technorati Chart
Get your own chart!

What I really want to know is, who are the folks who have been posting the hundred or so posts each day for the last three months, before all this happened? Must be some splogs.

For the record, I don't see how having a few drinks would have caused Mr. Gibson to suddenly start saying things he didn't believe. As noted at AskMen.com, alcohol removes inhibitions such that "suddenly speaking your mind doesn't seem so bad." Wikipedia recounts what I recall from college psychology classes:

♦Euphoria (BAC = 0.03 to 0.12 %)
♦Subject may become more self-confident or daring.
♦Their attention span shortens. They may look flushed.
♦Their judgement is not as good -- they may express the first thought that comes to mind, rather than an appropriate comment for the given situation.
♦They have trouble with fine movements, such as writing or signing their name.

I do believe in the potential for every human being to overcome their prejudices. I hope someday to overcome all of mine, and wish Mr. Gibson all the best luck in overcoming his, as well as good luck in overcoming his alcoholism. In the meantime, I don't see how anyone could possibly support any forthcoming film of his. Unless it turns out that the documents that TMZ posted are forgeries or frauds, we should all look for a great act of atonement from Gibson before we plunk down any money for any of his movies.

A great template of what he might do is found in the Washington D.C. area.

Update: Bernie Planck has trackbacked uncharacteristically on topic with I Forgive Mel Gibson. Here's a quick excerpt:

But there were many occasions when I so infuriated my mother that she would curse me with the epithet it's a shame Hitler did not finish off all the Jews. When she was drunk and angry she would yell this out. When she was sober and calm she would apologize profusely telling me she didn't know where THAT came from.

And Michelle Anderson has a similar post at her new blog.



This is this week's post. Click on the chicklet for an FAQ on open trackbacks. I'll post the links here manually late Tuesday or perhaps even Wednesday.

Sed Vitae's TerritorialMale trackbacked with a post on the cerebral abilities of Bush supporters vs. detractors.

Bernie Planck of Planck's Constant trackbacked with a hot photo of a South Beach thong!

123beta chimes in, bringing our attention to Sam's antiterror strategy.

Tagged as: