It has been announced that serial antisemite Mel Gibson will be presenting an award at the Golden Globes tomorrow night. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has condemned the move to “rehabilitate a bigot”.
Gibson’s antisemitism became notorious in 2006 when he was stopped by police for drinking and driving. The actor launched an antisemitic tirade against an officer, shouting: “F***ing Jews…The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” At the time, Gibson apologised and blamed the incident on his alcoholism.
Gibson’s history of antisemitism goes deeper though. In the 1990s, actress Winona Ryder accused him of referring to Holocaust survivors as “oven-dodgers” at a party. As recently as 2012 the claims have been repeated, with Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas saying that the Holocaust was merely a “numbers game” and “mostly a lot of horses***”. Eszterhas also claimed that Gibson continuously referred to Jews as “Hebes” and “oven-dodgers”.
Gibson additionally came under fire for his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, which was widely condemned for implying that Jews were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus.