Alcoholics Not So Anonymous

E-mail from a friend… Many people say things without thinking. Just because Mel Gibson is a celebrity, the world goes ballistic… putting it in the papers is making a storm out of a storm in a teacup.

Mel Gibson

Sorry, I strongly disagree: Here’s how I see it…An excess of alcohol, like an excess of money, does not change a personality so much as magnify it. Booze and wealth make you more of whatever it is you already are, and bring to the fore demons ordinarily kept under lock and key.

Celebrities must use extreme caution any time they use their fame, as many of their admirers are hero worshippers and can be easily influenced. So any time they speak out, it is as if they have a pulpit, and that’s dangerous. As an example, Jane Fonda put her dirty foot in her mouth during the Viet Nam war.

As public expressions of remorse go, Gibson’s get high marks for earnestness. In fact, his apology seemed sincere, but I suspect it was “damage control” as his career was likely to suffer. But at the end he revealed himself with the Big LIE: “Please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot.”

Does he think we are stupid? He most certainly is a bigot. What was it he asked sheriff’s Deputy James Mee? ”Are you a Jew? F—ing Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

Sorry, Mel, you are guilty as charged.

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