Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Gibson Apologizes

Drudge Report

Mel Gibson has apologized for his comments made while being arrested for drunk driving.

""There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of Anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.

I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.

The tenets of what I profess to believe necessitate that I exercise charity and tolerance as a way of life. Every human being is God’s child, and if I wish to honor my God I have to honor his children. But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.

I’m not just asking for forgiveness. I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one on one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.

I have begun an ongoing program of recovery and what I am now realizing is that I cannot do it alone. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery. Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help. I know there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.

This is not about a film. Nor is it about artistic license. This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have. It’s about existing in harmony in a world that seems to have gone mad.""

Deadline Hollywood reports that Gibson "was really on the verge of suicide because he felt he was helpless to alcohol and didn't know what to do about it." Now that he's hit bottom, here's hoping that this is the wake up call that Mel needed to recover.


Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

I dont believe a word of it...apple didnt fall far from his anti semitic, Holocaust deniers fathers tree!..He's just tryin to make nice nice cuz ABC cancelled his tuchus kev!

August 01, 2006  
Blogger kevin said...

I hope he is sincere, God help him if he isn't. I was glad to see he's reaching out as quickly as possible and seeking treatment as well. I'm not a believer that a person "says what they really think while intoxicated". Alchohol goes directly to the judgement center of the brain and can cause the user to become less of a human, not more. I've known my share of alchoholics and recovered alchoholics (the construction field is loaded with them) and that is the conclusion I've drawn. Does this excuse what Mel said/did? Of course not. He should pay the price for drunk driving and his absurd remarks, but we should also encourage and applaud his recovery.

August 01, 2006  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Perhaps Kev...I remain highly doubtful of his sincerity!

August 01, 2006  
Blogger Brooke said...

I don't know much about his father being that way... Ya think that it is an ingrained thing from his childhood that he has made a conscience effort to suppress?

I could see that... Maybe.

August 02, 2006  

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