editor - April 22, 2011
Okay I'm still deathly ill, I may or may not tap out for today, but it's very much worth mentioning that Mel Gibson has finally spoken about the tapes that leaked online 9 months ago, the ones where he was able to expand on his earlier rantings and offend all the groups he didn't have time to insult when he got pulled over for drunk driving.
Alison Hope Weiner (tee-hee!) of Deadline writes...
WEINER: Were people angry at you about what you said on tapes??GIBSON: I was angry at me. But, no one expressed any anger at me. They may have felt it.
WEINER: Do you feel regret over what you said on the tapes??GIBSON: Of course.
WEINER: After the tapes ended up on line, many people asked themselves how could someone who's been around this long and knows the business managed to get into a position where so much of their private life ended up on line? Did you ever think that those private conversations would eventually get out? ?GIBSON: [Looks at the ceiling and shakes his head and sighs] Who anticipates being recorded? Who anticipates that? Who could anticipate such a personal betrayal?
WEINER: People didn't understand how you could say the things you did on these tapes. They wondered, what kind of person says those things. Right now, many people think you're a racist and that you hate women from listening to those tapes.
GIBSON: I've never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality -- period. I don't blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It's one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life.
It's hard to believe that Gibson could have the very long and successful career he had, generally with an excellent reputation, if he really was the raving asshole we heard on the tapes, but some people will still believe he is. Just like there's no proof that dinosaurs or the stock market exists, yet people still believe in that. Gullible rubes.
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