Does anyone else remember that brilliant soap opera spoof, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman? (It was apparently so-named because producer Norman Lear thought that anything important said on a soap opera is always said twice.) It ran from 1976-78, and featured Mary Kay Place as Loretta Haggars, Mary Hartman's neighbor who briefly makes it big as a country music star.
Loretta is brought down in a humiliatingly public way on the Dinah Shore Show. After praising the skills of the Jewish professionals in the recording industry, Loretta utters the line quoted in the title of this post.
Dinah is aghast, the studio audience goes still, and Loretta is subsequently unable to salvage her career from the damage done in that moment. And the best part is that she remains, through it all, utterly unable to understand what she did wrong.
Which brings us to Mel Gibson.
Sure, he's apologized for saying "Fucking Jews...the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world."
But does he really mean it?
I'm loathe to hold anyone's drunken ramblings against them, except...although Mel asserted that The Passion of the Christ was not anti-semitic in its portrayal of Jews, he has never distanced himself or decried the teachings of the weird retroCatholic cult his Dad belongs to, you know, the one that rejects the "Vatican 2" reforms that sorta officially let Jews off the Christian hook for, well, killing their lord and all?
Not only has he never rejected that bizarre group, many of whom, like his Dad, are apparently Holocaust deniers, but he gave them 5 mil of the TPotC profits to expand their compound in Malibu.
Which may have been what prompted Mel to assert in the midst of his DUI arrest that he "owned" the place.
Mel, baby, if you want to "own" Malibu, you better stand in line. Cause you're like the 64th most rich & famous person who lives there, don't kid yourself.
But perhaps his assertion did convince the Sherrif's office, since they did engage in some pretty clumsy attempts to clean up the record of his arrest.
But I think the really burning question in all of this is: How will this affect the production of Mel's tv miniseries on the Holocaust?
And if this incident ends up "fucking" his life and career, well, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.