Steve Bannon once really wanted to make a documentary about Nazis.
In an 11-page outline obtained by The Daily Beast, President Trump’s chief strategist aimed to cover an array of topics, including eugenics, Adolf Hitler, abortion and cloning. The draft, written in 2005, was tentatively titled “The Singularity: Resistance Is Futile.”
Bannon, who was set to write, direct and produce the film, penned one segment on “blood purity” and Nazis, which would aim to discuss “the perfectibility of life through a human-controlled elite race that will bring about a better world.” The movie was also set to explore ideas of “survival of the fittest” and “Aryan elite.”
When reached by The Daily Beast, Julia Jones, Bannon’s former writing partner, said that Bannon had been courting Mel Gibson to finance the film. The two allegedly met in person to discuss “The Singularity.”
“Yup, he certainly enjoyed name-dropping Gibson,” another source close to Bannon told The Daily Beast.
Jones and Bannon have since gone their separate ways, thanks, in large part, to Bannon’s involvement during Trump’s campaign.
“I don’t want to know him anymore,” Jones said back in October. “I don’t care if I lose the friendship anymore.”
She added: “I’m so disgusted at what Bannon has become. He’s been behind Trump’s campaign for over a year.”
(JTA) — Mel Gibson says it’s time for the world moved on from his anti-Semitic tirade in 2006.
It’s “really unfair” that people are still hung up on his infamous rant, the 60-year-old actor told Variety last week, ahead of the U.S. release of his film “Hacksaw Ridge” on November 4.
In 2006, a drunk Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. “F***|**g Jews,” he shouted. “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”
“Ten years have gone by,” Gibson told Variety. “I’m feeling good. I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past. But others bring it up, which kind of I find annoying, because I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue.”
The day after his arrest, the actor apologized for the incident, calling his statements “despicable.”
But many in the Jewish community weren’t convinced.
Abraham Foxman, then director of the Anti-Defamation League, pointed to Gibson’s 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ,” about Jesus’ persecution and crucifixion, which some said played into notions of Jewish culpability for the killing of Jesus.
“His tirade finally reveals his true self and shows that his protestations during the debate over his film ‘The Passion of the Christ’ — that he is such a tolerant, loving person — were a sham,” Foxman said at the time.
Gibson told Variety that his record should convince people that his 2006 invective was an isolated event.
“Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere. There never has been. I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation. And for one episode in the back of a police car on eight double tequilas to sort of dictate all the work, life’s work and beliefs and everything else that I have and maintain for my life is really unfair,” he said.
In 2010, Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva claimed he had physically abused her and released a tape on which the actor could be heard making sexist and racist remarks, including telling her “if you get raped by a pack of n***|*s it’ll be your fault.”
Mel Gibson doesn’t understand why people are still talking about anti-Semitic remarks he made after a drunk driving arrest in 2006.
During an interview with Variety’s podcast Playback, Gibson said he finds it “kind of annoying” when he’s asked to explain his drunken rant.
As a recap, ten years ago Gibson was recorded saying that “f—king Jews” are “responsible for all the wars in the world.” He then asked his arresting officer: “Are you a Jew?”
When asked by Playback’s interviewer how he responds to people who say they won’t watch his films as a result of those comments, the 60-year-old actor explained that he didn’t quite get the problem.
“I don’t understand why after 10 years it’s any kind of issue,” Gibson said. “Surely if I was really what they say I was, some kind of hater, there’d be evidence of actions somewhere.”
He went onto claim that accusations he is prejudiced are “unfair.”
“I’ve never discriminated against anyone or done anything that sort of supports that reputation,” the actor said.
Gibson, whose film “Hacksaw Ridge” comes out early next month, pointed to the fact that a number of years have elapsed since his rant—and people should move on.
“Ten years have gone by…I’m feeling good,” he said. “I’m sober, all of that kind of stuff, and for me it’s a dim thing in the past.”
Lately, news has been swirling around that Mel Gibson, ten years after outing himself as an anti-Semite, has “officially been released” from a sort of “director’s jail”, ending his de facto status as “persona non grata” in Hollywood.
The proof given for this “official release” includes the fact that he’s now coming out with a big movie (Hacksaw Ridge), is in talks for future acting projects, and allegedly has agencies vying to represent him.
The fact is, though, those broad proclamations that Gibson has suddenly been unilaterally released from some complete persona non grata status are shortsighted and misinformed.
Gibson has, in fact, been working. After his infamous 2006 “fucking Jews” rant, he was dropped by a number of people, including agent Ari Emanuel, who publicly denounced Gibson’s “tragically inflammatory statements”. However, despite the fact that pop culture reactions made him the butt of a good number of jokes for years, there were always people—many people—defending him. From high profile stars like Jodie Foster, Whoopie Goldberg, and Danny Glover to (Jewish) The Patriot co-producer Dean Devlin, Gibson was never entirely bereft of support, even as he continued to say terrible anti-Semitic, racist, sexist, and homophobic things on the record. This is up to and including recent accounts from the (admittedly dubious source) Glenn Beck, alleging that Gibson ranted that “Jewish people” stole a copy of Passion of the Christ in order to “make his life hell.”
And despite Gibson’s whining that he was “suddenly a pariah” after his bile became public, he came out with Apocalypto after the incident—a film that did very well critically and in terms of box office gains. Another movie, The Beaver, came out in 2011, and though it was not successful in terms of reception, it’s proof that he wasn’t completely un-allowed to work in Hollywood.
Nobody’s saying his career didn’t take a hit once his many offensive statements became public. It definitely did. However, the concept that he is now the beneficiary of some complete and total absolution from Hollywood as a whole discounts the whole reality of the situation.
As in any other scandal—particularly slur-based scandals—the public does tend to soften with time, which means that yes, there will be more people willing to work with him. But there have always been people willing to work with him, and simply because he managed to continue to exist long enough to see that number grow doesn’t mean he’s been granted some carte blanche from everyone. Notably, the arguments for his absolution are the same as they ever were: citing his talent, the fact that, if you really knew him, you’d know he’s a nice guy, and nice guys aren’t anti-Semites (or sexists, or racists, or homophobes). This argument continues not to be particularly convincing to me, and I am sure I’m not alone.
There will, undoubtedly, still be people unwilling to work with him, and people unwilling to see his films. Personally, I’m one of them. It will become more of a matter of subjective opinion: do you believe someone gets to come back from that, or not? Do you believe he really and truly didn’t mean what he said? I don’t, on both counts, so I as a consumer can make that choice. But pretending that suddenly everyone’s hunky dory rather than examining what’s happening as a nuanced part of public sociology makes the whole thing look like he’s done his time, and that therefore the original source of outcry is no longer relevant. There was no real “director jail” and there’s no real “release”—there’s only the effects of time on the perception of individuals.
Well, Mel Gibson is in the news again, having emerged from whatever Beverly Hills bunker he came from to show the world yet another one of his heavy-handed “belabored man of faith” movies, the perhaps aptly named “Hacksaw Ridge.”
And it seems that, much like love, it ain’t easy getting rid of lifelong anti-Semitism. According to erstwhile Fox News bloviator Glenn Beck (which, yes, I know, I’ll get to that in a second), Gibson is still blaming Jews for the “troubles” he encountered during his Passion of The Christ era. In a recent heart-to-heart between the two—which can be counted pretty damned high on the list of “rooms I’d rather not be in”—Gibson allegedly told Beck that “Jewish people” had stolen a copy of The Passion and used it to attack him and “make his life hell” before the film’s release.
Okay. I realize that this is something of a mess of a scenario, but for a second, let’s go out on the thinnest of limbs and imagine that Glenn Beck is, for whatever reason, telling the truth. In that case, Mel Gibson, it’s time to take a knee.
So wait, it was a mysterious cabal of “Jewish people” who “stole your movie” that caused your troubles. By doing what, exactly? Showing it to people? Because if I recall correctly, it was the, you know, actual content of the movie that you wrote, created, directed, and released that people took issue with. Remember, that part where literal hissing, hook-nosed Jews machinate to have Jesus brutally tortured to death over what amounts to an hour and a half of Saw-style torture porn? I think it was that part that got people a little steamed at you, not so much this secret “band of Rabbis, or something” who apparently “stole” the movie. Even if this imaginary pack of roving sticky-handed clergy did exist, all you’re accusing them of doing is showing people the actual movie you made—you know, the super anti-Semitic one.
And let’s talk about the alleged “troubles” that the supposed Jewish coup caused you. Tell me, what part of the $612 million that The Passion earned worldwide was particularly perilous to you? If the issue is, as you state it, that “all of a sudden”, you were a “Pariah”, well, maybe you should recall possible other reasons for that “pariah”-hood—you know, like saying Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world, or assaulting your then-girlfriend so badly you shattered her teeth, or being the sort of guy who threatens said girlfriend with being “raped by a pack of n*ggers.”
That’s really not the sort of guy people like to have at parties, bud.
But enjoy your delusion. And don’t worry! If anything goes wrong with this movie, you can just blame the Jews again. I’m sure there are enough bands of ninja movie-stealing Rabbis hiding in the eaves of your imagination to last you many years to come.
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