Visiting NYC in 1988 and being the good gay tourist I was, I had this picture snapped of me with those infamous ACT UP outing posters on C Street (there is a chance this was taken in 1992 instead, but...seems like it would be late for that?). At any rate, let's see how accurate they were:
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Globe (August 1, 2011) reveals that Mel Gibson's adopted youngest brother is gay—and this fact did not go over well with the hate-driven star or his even more insane father. Yet Gibson's reaction is characterized as tolerant by his delusional-sounding brother:
"It's not my choice, but I love you and you're my brother."
The brother, Andrew, defends Mel against the incontrovertible fact that he has made outrageous racist and sexist rants, saying:
"That isn't Mel. He has never said anything abusive, aggressive or racist in his life."
"Y'all niggas is weak. Did you all call them [parking lot enforcement] to try and film me? Y'all niggas is gay."
As TMZ points out, Brown has a history of less-than-friendly words when it comes to gay people. (I know, I know—you have tons of gay friends.) When a person of color is deciding whether or not to endorse the N-word or variations of it, that is a matter of political correctness and a debate to be had by people who could rightfully be personally offended by hearing that word used, people who could be categorized as such by a racist. (I'm white and don't like it, but it's not the same.)
But going around using "gay" as a put-down is my business, not his. If "gay" really isn't connected to homophobic sentiments, then let's just switch it out for "African-American." Then, when everything bad and weak is being called "African-American"—with nooo connection to black people—we can talk about how words and their context matter or do not matter.
His delusional fans wouldn't care if he lit a baby on fire in an intersection at this point; a little "gay"-bashing isn't going to dent him one bit. I doubt seriously he will do any kind of impressive apologizing and make-gooding as—I have to admit—Tracy Morgan has done.
Like Brown, Morgan said stuff that wasn't just a matter of running afoul of political correctness, he said things that seemed to reveal what he really thinks. To his credit, and even though at least part of the reaction can be chalked up to, "I don't wanna lose my job!", Morgan has done things that most celebrities would not do in order to make up for and disavow his comments—he's met with GLAAD, he's met with patrons from the place where he made the remarks (not jokes, remarks) and he's traveled back to the scene of the crime. He has abjectly apologized (no half-hearted "if you were offended, sorry").
With thanks to Robert: The L.A. Times, in writing an article on how director Jodie Foster is happy with her Mel Gibson-starring flick The Beaver, could not possibly have written this accidentally.
I don't usually like Joan Rivers, but I'm with her on this one—Whoopi Goldberg (and Jodie Foster, too) is wrong to give her buddy Mel Gibson cover. Joan's right that it's not about one-on-one relationships, it's about what someone says and espouses. Had Mel slipped up and said something offensive and apologized, that would be different. Instead, he's shown a clear pattern of being anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-Latino...the list goes on. Just because he can play nice with the very famous, rich black lady, that doesn't negate those things...video after the jump...
Jodie Foster is confirming that her BFF Mel Gibson will be making a cameo in The Hangover 2 because "he really liked the humor in that first movie so I'm glad he'll be in it!"
I'm sure he loved that "paging Dr. Faggot!" part from the first movie the most. I'm glad Jodie's glad.
I found The Hangover to be tedious and witless, and the series' glorification of Mike Tyson and now Mel Gibson says a lot.
No, not racism. "Racism." The word. The (usually true) accusation.
Actual racism, and I'm specifically focusing on racism against black people though a lot of what I'm getting at applies all around, still exists and thrives. Any white person who tells you they think racism is vastly overreported is a liar or is delusional. Things have improved dramatically, of course, but just because we have a biracial president, that doesn't mean all is forgiven and forgotten and we're all on equal footing now.
But what's happening lately is white people are tired of hearing about it. At first, they would simply point out that black people are capable of being racist against whites and other groups, too. Or they would focus on the fact that some black people sometimes cry racism where it does not exist. Or, in a related move, would point out that black people use the N-word, so why shouldn't white people get to, as if it were a special privilege or a cherished treat hidden in the cookie jar on top of the fridge. But those tactics didn't always work.
So now, apologists for racism are simply turning things around. When an event is deemed racist, whether by the media or the black community, the apologists are saying, "That's not racist, YOU'RE racist."
Ever since his El Pais interview in 1991—which led to him awkwardly addressing nine gay filmmakers (including Bob King, Rob Tate, Ted Sod, Lauran Hoffman, Nicole Conn and Cheryl Dunye) as some kind of pseudopenance—it's been clear Mel Gibson is a raging homophobe. Now, of course, we also all know what a raging anti-Semite, racist, misogynist and all-around lunatic he is.
All the more reason I'm happy that Jodie Foster stupidly decided to stick with her buddy Mel (they made a bad movie called Mavericks together and became pals—imagine what he says about her behind her back) and direct him in her big new movie The Beaver (the jokes write themselves) that now will be impossible to market.
Fuck them both. And fuck you, too, Whoopi Goldberg—I have lost a lot of respect for you in your lame, illogical, biased defense of Gibson. People don't get drunk and spew anti-Semitism unless they're anti-Semitic. And people who aren't drunk, but who tell their GFs they'll get raped "by a pack of niggers", are racist. Period:
Good grief, the rich and famous will stick up for each other over anything!
Best to remember Mel Gibson when he was a gorgeous, gorgeous thing, because ugly things really do sometimes come in pretty packages and now that the package has been opened yet again, I don't see anyone falling for it a third time.