From his anti-Semitic attacks during his 2006 DUI arrest, his homophobic and sexist remarks in interviews, to his racist films, Mel Gibson has long deserved the honor of the Douchebag Decree. The latest allegations against Mel Gibson, though, just might push this super-douche into the hall of shame.
Last week, Radaronline.com reported on audio they had obtained exclusively of fights and voicemails between Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. The audio was laced with racist and sexist epithets, threats of rape and assault and justification for a previous violent attack. Radaronline.com's source noted that Girgorieva recorded Gibson "to show Mel how mean he was, and because she feared for her life" and "She wanted to get evidence that he was dangerous and violent." This time, his latest in his seemingly never-ending trail of douchery has landed him a police investigation into his "alleged" domestic violence.
Mel Gibson, oh Mel Gibson. Sir Douches-A-Lot is on the fast track, I sure do hope, to becoming the celebrity version of Fred "God Hates Fags" Phelps. Gibson, like Phelps, gives people from vastly different walks of life a million reasons to hate him. The laundry list of Mel Gibson's wrath? Women, Mexicans, Mayans, Jews, African-Americans, immigrants, feminists, democrats, Bush republicans, Iraq War-supporters, gay people.. Oh boy, does the list go on.
Despite his track record of domestic violence and bigotry, though, Hollywood will likely not turn its back on the King of All Douches. After his 2006 DUI arrest, Mel Gibson was able to build his career back-up despite calls for boycotts from industry professionals. The Daily Beast reporter Nicole LaPorte makes a convincing case that because Gibson is a strong enough force in Hollywood, it ultimately doesn't matter that he is the douchiest douche of all douches:
Gibson's immunity lies in the fact that he's not just an actor. Worth nearly $1 billion, Gibson is a veritable and very self-sufficient entertainment empire, who has reached the point where he doesn't need the entertainment industry machine to survive. Through his company, Icon Productions, he not only writes, directs, and stars in films, he produces and finances them, which is how controversial projects such as Apocalypto and The Passion of the Christ got made. In 2008, he went a step further and bought a theater chain in Australia, so now he can distribute his movies, too.
Well, Hollywood, let me tell you what women want (at least this woman): A universe where racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic douchebags that threaten and justify domestic violence don't get the time of day, and certainly not any second (or third, or fourth) chances.