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The Recidivist: Mel Gibson Unleashes New Racist Rants

By Heidi Beirich on July 9, 2010 - 11:09 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Anti-Latino, Anti-LGBT, Radical Traditionalist Catholic

Mel Gibson just can’t keep his mouth shut. The director and actor’s latest reported epithet-spewing rants (here and here) have slammed “wetbacks” and “niggers,” adding Latinos and African Americans to his hit list of those he is known to slur. Gibson has also been accused of gay-bashing based on comments he once made to a Spanish newspaper.

Earlier this week, the gossip website Radar Online reported exclusively that it had a tape recording of a phone call Gibson made to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, with whom he has an infant child who is the subject of a custody dispute. “You look like a pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault,” Gibson is said to have told Grigorieva, who recently alleged that Gibson punched her twice in the face and knocked out two teeth. Gibson added, “I am going to come and burn the fucking house down … but you will blow me first.” A day later, Radar reported it had obtained another taped phone call in which Gibson said of one of his staffers, “I will report her to the fucking people that take fucking money from the wetbacks.”

These minorities are only the latest to be targeted by the “Braveheart” star known for his uncontrollable temper. Gibson had already gone after Jews. Who can forget his outburst at a Malibu police officer in July 2006 that started with “Fucking Jews!”

It’s hard to know what drives Gibson, but his hate may be, at least in part, a Gibson family value. His father, Hutton Gibson, is a well-known Holocaust denier and anti-Semite with some seriously strange religious beliefs, at least some of them apparently shared by his son.

Hutton Gibson is an important player in the shadowy world of “radical traditionalist Catholicism,” also known as “integrism” or Catholic separatism. This religious subculture’s teachings have little in common with the modern Roman Catholic Church and its universalistic theology and have been denounced by the Vatican. In particular, radical traditionalists exhibit anti-Semitic views, which are explicitly denounced by the Roman Catholic Church.

Hutton Gibson believes the Second Vatican Council reforms of the 1960s, which made the church vastly more tolerant of other faiths including Judaism, were the result of “a Masonic plot backed by the Jews.” He is particularly incensed by the council’s historic declaration, “Nostra Aetate,” which condemned “all hatreds, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism leveled at any time or from any source against the Jews.” In Hutton Gibson’s world, the Second Vatican Council’s liberalizing reforms are rejected and anti-Semitic teachings and conspiracy theories are heartily embraced.

Hutton Gibson has also worked with leaders of the radical racist right. As it happens, James Edwards, host of the racist Tennessee radio show “The Political Cesspool,” today issued a rant attacking actor Eli Roth. Roth, who played a violent Jewish partisan in World War II in the film “Inglourious Basterds,” apparently had criticized Edwards’ show in a tweet. Edwards today  claimed that Roth’s ire was raised by the fact that Hutton Gibson had appeared on the show and because of Radar’s report of his son ranting about “niggers.” (Edwards went on to describe Roth as a “pervert.”)

Mel Gibson has long defended his father, telling a reporter in 2006, “My father has never told me a lie.” Gibson said of father’s Holocaust denial: “He never denied the Holocaust. He just said there were fewer than 6 million” Jews murdered in the Nazis’ concentration camps.

Like father, like son. Mel Gibson has his own traditionalist house of worship near Los Angeles — a church, funded entirely by him, that is not recognized by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese. It is unclear what is said in the hallowed halls of the Holy Family Chapel, since, unlike virtually all other Catholic churches, it is closed to the public. What is known is that Gibson is reported to have blamed Jews for forcing him to cut a scene, in which Jews and their descendants are held responsible for the murder of Christ, from his 2004 film, “The Passion of the Christ.” Sounding a bit like he did that July night in Malibu, Gibson, speaking of Jews, told The New Yorker: “If I included that in there, they’d be coming after me at my house. They’d come to kill me.”

  • Spencer Hubbly

    Ignorance will always shout louder than enlightenment. Enlightenment is hard won, ignorance comes free and whatever does not cost us to earn we tend to give it away like drunken sailors on shore leave. Mel Gibson’s ignorance he was born and raised with. We the public granted him royalty status for his screen charm…little did we know we were giving muscle and a sense of importance to outdated, small-minded bigotry. When will we learn that there is no such thing as American nobility. Character is earned, not inherited. So what were we expecting from someone who replaced education and enlightenment with fame and fortune? We got what we paid for, and so is he. Gibson has earned about as much credibility with his recent insanity as any street drunk yelling from a soap box.

  • jamesbrownfuhrer

    I “still” say Jessie Jackson (a civil-rights leader of all things) is a total hypocrite……Ah well, I guess will be seeing Mel on CNN more often too as a daily commentator? ….Maybe he’ll poor-talk whites, just like Jessie poor-talks blacks all the time. Of course we all know president Steven Spielberg in Hollywood won’t approve.

    ………………..Looks like my comments aren’t politically-correct enough for this “bastion for celebrating diversity” of a website to post. >LOL!

  • tyrone mixon

    I wish more people could be caught showing their true feelings. It’s best to know who hates you and acts like they like you.

    Fuck Mad Max and his bullshit.

  • SamRo

    To everyone like Mel Gibson and Mr. Alan Baker,
    If you think that white people have not been in control of the majority of the world’s wealth and power since the beginning of human history, you have not met anyone outside of your household. If you think the world is being run by the Jews, you have never read a history book (and no, “The Protocols of Zion” is not a history book, you neo-Nazi). If you think that homosexuals caused Hurricane Katrina, you understand neither weather nor science. If you think any of these things, you probably aren’t reading Hatewatch, but just in case you are: wake up. Get outside. Take a good hard look at the world before you start making comments about how it’s run. People like Ruslan Amirkhanov do their research; we ask you to do the same so we can have real discussions. For all we know, Alan is sitting drunk as Gibson at his computer writing hate speeches.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    He probably hasn’t Mason. I was a bit suspicious because if someone flat out tells you that you were turned down based on racial criteria, it is excellent grounds for a lawsuit. If this story is true(which in fact proves nothing as it is one anecdote), it is possible that some person with similar beliefs told him he was turned down due to quotas.

  • daemonesslisa

    They believe in the spectre of “quotas”, Mason. People of that intelligence level hear a word and then use it for all its worth; in this case, some klan sped said something about quotas, and that’s all they needed.

    Face it, the white man is NOT being discriminated against. Not now, not ever. The white man will never be ‘kept down’…Actually, the only people I see keeping white men down are other white men! You know those Jews they hate so much? They just happen to be white skinned. Homosexuals? A lot of them are white too. White skinned people who just happen to speak Spanish? Yep, they’re white.

    White Pride, right? This is why we call them boneheads.

  • Difluoroethane

    Lee, “quotas” haven’t been legal since 1978; haven’t you heard of Bakke v. Regents?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Hang on Lee, I thought you said you can provide statistical evidence of discrimination. I asked you to provide it and I provide some links to studies carried out by MIT and other institutions showing discrimination against blacks in hiring. Now the best you have is this personal anecdote, which we have no way of confirming? Even if the story is true, anecdotal evidence is insufficient to prove what you claim.

    Now Lee, please tell me what rights “white men” don’t have in America, so I can laugh as hard as I did about your ham-fisted explanation of “cultural Marxism”. As for your little fantasy, I suggest you actually try reading history instead of making it up as you go along. Had you done so, you would have found that “white” is a relatively new concept in history, and is almost exclusive to America and other former European colonies. White is practically meaningless in Europe. Like it or not, you have more in common in a practical/cultural sense with African Americans than Europeans, and plenty of Europeans will happily tell you so.

  • Lee

    ‘Alan, please show statistical data proving that white males are discriminated against.” – Ruslan

    I guess being explicitly told that I was denied employment because of federal quotas which demand non-White workers be hired must just be a figment of my imagination. Seriously, what world do you live in? Thank god this is all coming to a close soon as White men begin to reclaim their rights. And as history has proven, White men ALWAYS win.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Yes I suppose when he read Mason’s post he had that feeling every WN knows all too well: “DAMN! Those pamphlets and Stormfront links never mentioned THIS !!!”

  • Paen

    Ruslan,Alan doesn’t need statistical data to proove anything he has his crackpot inernet sites to tell him how things are.
    I guess it must be much easier than thinking for himself.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Alan, please show statistical data proving that white males are discriminated against.

  • Mason Green

    Alan Baker, what you say about “whites being the innovators” is definitely wrong. I come from a scientific background (I’m a chemistry/nanotechnology student in a college), so I know quite a bit about the history of science; physics and chemistry in particularly. Many of the greatest minds in these fields (as well as many other fields including music, law, medicine, etc.) belonged to the same group that Mel Gibson blamed the worlds’ wars on. That’s one of the reasons why Hitler was never able to obtain a nuclear bomb; over half the scientists in Europe with the necessary expertise were Jewish, so they ended up helping the USA, not the Nazis; and as a result _we_ were the first to get the bomb (thus guaranteeing “the security of our country”, as you said).

    Not to mention that many of the earliest chemists and mathematicians were Islamic (this explains why so many scientific and mathematical words start with “al”: alkali, alcohol, alkane, alkene, algorithm, algebra, alchemy, etc.)

    India has a major scientific tradition too, including a number of researchers all coincidentally named Bose (J. C. Bose, Satyendra Bose, Amar Bose and R. C. Bose!)

    Quit trying to rewrite the history of fields about which you obviously know very little.

  • Carter

    Punching a young woman in the face & threatening to burn her home down after getting a blow-job is not my way of letting off a little steam. If you agree with him 100% than you should be ashamed of yourself. A man does not punch women & throwing tantrums is pathetic.
    However, I suppose I’m wasting my time even pointing out how grotesque that spoiled brat is. If you are going to defend him; you will continue no matter what the issues are.
    Whites accomplishments have NOTHING to do with his behavior. I assume that since he worships Christ as a supposed Christian, that makes his behavior acceptable.
    If that logic were not so twisted it would be laughable.

  • alan baker

    I agree 100percent with Mel Gibson. The white male is being discriminated against and falsely accused and blamed for every ill in society.
    Whites have been the innovators in the medical field, science, enginering, the security of our country, WHO
    can blame Mel for letting off steam?

  • Rebecca Lesses

    Actually, he didn’t cut the scene from the Passion of the Christ – the scene simply doesn’t have any subtitles (in English). It’s the one where Pilate talks to Jesus (in Latin!) while a Jewish mob rages behind him calling for his crucifixion (in Aramaic). One of the Aramaic lines that was not translated was “His blood be on us and our children.” It’s still present in the Aramaic – and while it wasn’t translated into English, I have always wondered if other releases of the film in other languages included the line.

  • Eliza Thorne and Abe Taff

    Mel Gibson is such an embarrassment. We have, for a number of years, boycotted any of the movies he is in, and will continue to do so.

    Thank you for revealing the extent of Mr. Gibson’s ugly person,

    Thorne and Taff

  • Paen

    It’s sad that someone with so much talent is rotting his brain with so much rubbish.

  • Mark

    Shocked? He started as Mad Max and took it from there. A big majority of his movies have that sort of frantic edge, and that’s after Hollywood sanitization.

  • Carter

    Realistically Gibson was influenced by his father but the reality is that he has an obvious drinking problem and as with all mind altering drugs, alcohol has an effect on his judgment, thought process, and common sense.
    I believe that most people find a man like Gibson to be disgustingly spoiled as many are, who do not find gratitude and charity in a life blessed by abundance. The bizarre history of “Hollywood” will be written for Gibson as a pathetic spoiled brat who beat women & flaunted their pathos.

    There is a certain justice for “men” like this. They will eventually realize that to know peace, they must change. Those unwilling or incapable of change will never know peace and all the churches and blathering about Divinity or Good Works will not only be in vein; they will serve as a vivid reminder of who Gibson is NOT.

    If he was not talented, Gibson would have certainly been a powerful example of what is dysfunctional about hate penetrating a family surround. The Talented will always have defenders & those who rationalize or intellectualize their ugliest behavior.
    He may think his father had not lied to him, but in bequeathing him with the typical racist rant, he certainly found a legacy of ruin.