“Scandal” star Joshua Malina has something to say about Mel Gibson not being canceled despite several controversies in the past.
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55-year-old Malina wrote a strongly worded op-ed for this the Atlantic, asking why the 65-year-old “Braveheart” star is still able to pursue a career in Hollywood after decades of accusations about anti-Semitic and racist comments.
“If Gibson is welcome to direct the latest installment of this beloved franchise, it may be time to stop publishing think pieces about the power of ‘cancel culture,'” the “West Wing” actor wrote. “Because if he can continue to get the big bucks and approval in Hollywood, the culture of cancellation simply doesn’t exist.
“This may seem like a small matter if it didn’t come at a time when members of my tribe think the walls are closing in again. Jews were the victims of more than 50 percent of religious-based hate crimes last year, Malina continued. “In recent years, we have seen the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh, the murder in Chabad of the Powe Synagogue in California, the persecution of Jewish students on college campuses, the rise of European anti-Semitism – these are the headlines that have us Makes you feel insecure.
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“Is it really time to glorify a man like Mel Gibson?”
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Malina also wondered how Gibson became “such a hot ticket again” despite its history. “Is it just that memories of his hate speech have faded, while memories of his box-office pull of Hollywood remain?” Malina asked.
He then criticized Warner Bros.’s actions for hiring Gibson.
“It would be great if high-profile executives, producers and actors also take a stand,” he said. “Then I could believe this canceled culture that I keep reading a lot about. And I could also believe that Jews really do count.”
The “Mad Max” star has been embroiled in several anti-Semitic feuds during his career spanning more than 40 years. His father was also a once acclaimed college professor who denied the seriousness of the Holocaust. In 2006, Gibson was pulled over for driving under the influence in California. He then called a female police officer “sugar t-s” and shouted “F—King Jews… Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” before asking another cop, “Are you Jewish?”
In 2010, the Oscar winner reportedly issued racist remarks against his then-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. In a series of obscene outbursts, Gibson reportedly yelled at Grigorieva that the way she dressed would make her “rape by a pack of n–“. He continued, “You look like an Af-King Pig in the heat, and if you rape a pack of n–, it will be your fault.”
Most recently, actress Winona Ryder alleged that Gibson used anti-Semitic slurs at a party they both attended in 1995. Ryder, 50, spoke to him. Sunday Times About last year’s incident
“We were at a crowded party with a good friend of ours, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar,” the “Stranger Things” star explained to the UK-based outlet. She said there was a conversation about Judaism, to which Gibson asked, “You’re not an oven-dozer, are you?” He denied the allegations in a statement at the time.