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08/02/2006

Looking back at Gibson's 'mo-centric missteps

by Jeremy Hooper

   As we all consider whether or not to accept Mel Gibson's "hatred of any kind goes against my faith" apology, let's take one second and look back at Mr. Braveheart's past voicing of hatred for homosexuality. First up, from 1993:

"...I do feel that gay people will burn in hell. Their way of life goes completely against God's plan for procreation." [Writer Philip Wuntch, recounting a statment Mel gave him while being interviewed for the Dallas Morning News in 1993]

And then this infamous incident from 1992:

Heartthrob actor Mel Gibson, asked by one of Spain's leading magazines what he thinks of homosexuals, launched into a tirade against gay men.

"They take it up the ass," Gibson told El Pais as he got out of his chair, bent over and pointed to his butt. "This is only for taking a shit," he said.

Reminded by the interviewer, Koro Castellano, that he worked with gays while studying at the School of Dramatic Arts, Gibson added: "They were good people, kind, I like them. But their thing is not my thing."

Castellano said, "But you were obsessed with the thought that if you were an actor, people would confuse you with one of them."

"Yes," Gibson admitted, "but I did it. I became an actor despite that. But with this look, who's going to think I'm gay? It would be hard to take me for someone like that."

"Do I sound like a homosexual?" he asked. "Do I talk like them? Do I move like them?"

"What happens is when you're an actor, they stick that label on you," Gibson said. "I go from playing rugby one week to taking dance classes in black leotards the next. Many of the girls that I met in school took it for granted that I was gay." [Writer Rex Wockner, recounting comments Gibson made to Spanish publication El Pais in 1992]

Old comments? Admittedly, yes. But timelessly disturbing? Indeed.

Mad Mel's Tirade [Over The Top blog]
MEL GIBSON ANTI-GAY HISTORY [Rex Wockner email]

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