We might go into a blogging frenzy every time Mel Gibson takes his bi-monthly trip to East Crazyville, but as it turns out, fewer people than we thought really give a rat’s behind about Gibson’s personal life. At least not when they are choosing which movies to see. According to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll about GibsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career, 76% of respondents to the question, “Are you now less likely to go see a Mel Gibson movie as a result of the recent scandal?” replied “No, no effect”, while only 20% indicated they would be “less likely” to see a movie that they now know co-stars a crazy nightmare person.
We agree that it can be heard to determine what how much a performer’s personal life should affect how we view their work. Mel might be a leading man, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who make their livelihoods off of Gibson movies; should they be punished for every racial slur or domestic abuse incident that he takes part in? For example, Jodie Foster is directing Mel in The Beaver, and to our knowledge she has never gone on an anti-Semitic rant in public. Does she get any points for that? On the other hand, it’s going to be pretty difficult to watch Gibson talk to that beaver puppet without imagining him screaming that it needs a bat to the side of the head, or threatening to burn its house down (which would be more than possible, since it’s made out entirely of wood). Or are we just over thinking things here?Ã‚Â