Gibson’s alleged sexist comments go practically unnoticed

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Actor and director Mel Gibson, who is reported to have said some outrageously vile things when he was stopped for lawless driving a few days ago, is having both his drunken words and his apology analyzed and judged by the news media, crisis managers and members of the Anti-Defamation League. Gibson is alleged to have said:

“Fucking Jews….The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” He then asked the deputy, “Are you a Jew?”

Gibson is alleged to have cursed and carried on like this for some time. What isn’t being discussed is that he is also alleged to have called one of the female officers a “bitch,” and called another one “sugar tits.”

There are some people who are defending Gibson because he was intoxicated when he ranted about Jews. This defense in itself is rather frightening, but nonetheless common in our culture. What is more disturbing, though, is that none of the pundits, crisis managers, media experts, or other analysts seems to be the least bit disturbed about Gibson’s alleged sexist remarks.

It is well known that Gibson is anti-feminist, and there was a time–at least in the United States–when calling women, especially women in authority, inappropriate names would have gotten someone into a bit of trouble. Now, though, it seems that if Gibson can somehow make it right with the Jewish community, he will home free, regardless of how he may have treated female officers of the law.

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