This will mark a first for us: a post maybe sort of defending Mel Gibson. He is a documented anti-Semite and abuser of women, so a whole lot of the crazy allegations screenwriter Joe Eszterhas made in his open letter yesterday didn’t sound all that far-fetched. Even if, as Gibson said in his response, hating Jews wasn’t his reason for not making The Maccabees, there’s not a whole lot he can ever say to rehabilitate his reputation in that light. But there was another Gibson quote from the Eszterhas letter that shocked the world: “I’m glad [John Lennon's] dead. He deserved to be shot. He was f—ing messianic. Listen to his songs! ‘Imagine.’ I hate the f—ing song. I’m glad he’s dead.”
Today, TMZ reports that according to sources, Mel loves the Beatles and plays their music in his house all the time. He even played “Imagine” at a recent event. So either he never said those things, or he was in a really contrary mood. Sometimes we do that too, outright blast something everyone loves (including us), just to get a rise out of people. Luckily, no one records our statements to repeat back to the world later on.
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