It is not policy at PJFOTN to regularly comment on anything Hollywood-related, but an article by Allison Hope Weiner at Deadline.com requires a response.
The title of her piece is indicative of its inordinate length: “A Journalist’s Plea On 10th Anniversary Of ‘The Passion Of The Christ’: Hollywood, Take Mel Gibson Off Your Blacklist”. In her almost 3,500 word argument on behalf of Mel Gibson, Ms. Weiner does what arrogant, self-absorbed lawyers turned writers do, make an argument that should not be made. It’s no wonder she traded professions. Only a terrible litigator would make an argument which opens the floodgates for a counterargument that makes more sense and crushes the premise of her own.
Weiner’s piece is an almost tearful call for an end to Mel Gibson’s ostracism by Hollywood bigwigs. But who are these bigwigs and why would they blacklist Gibson in the first place? The answers are simple, but oh, so politically incorrect and they speak to the hypocrisy which is Hollywood, the political left and Jewish culture in the entertainment industry.
The bigwigs are the people who make all the decisions regarding what Americans see in the movies. They are, contrary to what people like Ms. Weiner would have us believe, mostly Jewish. If you’ve made it this far reading, you are suffering the first pangs of a kneejerk reaction which is warning you to read no more as the rest will be ANTI-SEMITIC. Avoid the reaction since this piece is not at all in that vein.
This piece is about honesty and truth. It is not about a defense of Mel Gibson by a Jewish woman who has developed a relationship with him and has determined he’s been punished enough for making anti-Jewish statements. First, who is Ms. Weiner to make that decision? Second, I thought there was no such thing as a Hollywood blacklist in the place where freedom of expression reigns. Weren’t we told no such cabal lived, breathed and controlled the film industry? Wasn’t Marlon Brando assaulted by the same people who condemned Gibson for saying to Larry King in 1996 that “Hollywood is run by Jews?”
The truth is, people of Jewish extraction have been in the thick of the entertainment industry from the very beginning. That statement of fact isn’t a statement of ire, it is simply history. There is a television documentary devoted to its celebration. Its truth lends credence to Brando’s follow-up comment that Hollywood “is owned by Jews, and they should have a greater sensibility of, of (sic) people who are suffering.”
Brando was not only roundly criticized for daring to say something about the Jewish influence in Hollywood, but he was treated much like Gibson in the aftermath, a pariah unable to find work for speaking what was essentially an uncomfortable truth. Granted, Brando was in the winter of his years and there wasn’t an awful lot of work for him, but such has not been the case for Gibson. He was struck in the prime of his movie life by people who had a right to be angry for what he said, but not so much so they actively deprived him of his ability to work.
The details of his struggle to have “The Passion Of The Christ” distributed are relevant here as a matter of supporting evidence in that there are always two sides to every story. It is no secret Jewish leaders all over the country came down hard in an effort to shut the production down or at least prevent the film from being distributed. The reason they gave is that it would incite people to blame the Jews for killing Jesus, thus ushering in a new wave of anti-Semitism. It didn’t happen, but the wounds inflicted on Gibson personally were deep, they would not heal for a very long time, if ever.
Now let us turn to the way Christianity is routinely and savagely demeaned by Hollywood. We can start with an obscure film noteworthy for little more than being a vehicle to promote Andrew Dice Clay’s aka Andrew Clay Silverstein’s comedy shtick. The premise of 1990’s “The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane” is unimportant, but there is a scene involving Gilbert Gottfried and Priscilla Presley in which Gottfried’s character, dressed as a Catholic bishop, is being dominated by Presley’s character who is in black leather holding a whip while Gottfried crawls around on all fours acting like an animal in heat. Where was the care for Christian sensibilities then? Certainly Joel Silver, the film’s producer, hadn’t any regarding how the film might offend Catholics.
In “Jewish hostility to Christians: the prejudice no one ever writes about”, Damian Thompson of the UK Telegraph on July 29, 2010 wrote, “Christian anti-Semitism, Muslim anti-Semitism, Christian Islamophobia, Muslim persecution of Christians – all of these are acceptable topics of debate. But not Jewish hostility to Christianity.”
He makes the point that “Sometimes Jewish antipathy to Christianity spills over into hostility towards Christians.” That hostility is rarely violent although Thompson suggests in its subtlety Jewish disdain for Christians is nonetheless hurtful and effective in several ways, economics among them. What happened to Brando and Gibson illustrate the point.
Jewish people are justifiably sensitive to anti-Semitism, after all, it is as much a part of humanity’s religious and cultural history as is carrying prejudices and hatreds from age to age. In an interesting assessment of why there is hatred for Jews, Judaism Online’s SimpleToRemember.com lists what Jews have synthesized into the six most oft-cited reasons:
- Economic — “We hate Jews because they possess too much wealth and power.”
- Chosen People — “We hate Jews because they arrogantly claim that they are the chosen people.”
- Scapegoat — “Jews are a convenient group to single out and blame for our troubles.”
- Deicide — “We hate Jews because they killed Jesus.”
- Outsiders, — “We hate Jews because they are different than us.” (The dislike of the unlike.)
- Racial Theory — “We hate Jews because they are an inferior race.”
Three, five and six can be discounted out of hand. Few people aside from Muslims and Arabs in general seriously ascribe their troubles to the Jews. It makes so little sense that 13.3 million people can have so inordinate effect on over 6 billion, no one in their right mind can make that math work.
The case could be made for Jews being considered “outsiders”, but at whose behest? Is it gentiles who consider Jews outsiders or Jews who prefer to set themselves apart? It’s not unusual for a people to prefer such isolation. The Amish certainly exemplify the concept. But it is not uncommon to find Jews more inclined to socialize or do business with other Jews for the very same reasons people of other cultures, ethnicities and religions find it more comfortable to deal with their own. For Jews to use “The dislike of the unlike” as a reason for being hated carries no more water than a bucket full of holes.
The “inferior race” argument is also groundless in view of reasons one and two. How can people be hated for being superior when they are hated for being inferior? The rationale behind the “Racial Theory” is little more than a reference to Hitler and the Nazis, a kind of reminder to the rest of the world that at one time the theory was pushed as fact by a fanatical group of madmen.
Mel Gibson should not have to apologize for something he feels and believes just as no one is demanding Gilbert Gottfried or Sarah Silverman apologize for their outright hatred of Christianity. Why aren’t they blacklisted? Why is it this dichotomy of warranted punishments doesn’t extend to Jews like Harvey Weinstein who have made a living off anti-Christian films like 2013’s “Philomena,” which eviscerates the Church for its views on homosexuality and premarital sex. Then there was 2002’s “40 Days And 40 Nights” about a Catholic who gave up sex for Lent. And in the same year they gave us, “The Magdalene Sisters” which painted a dishonest, filthy picture of nuns. And who can forget, “Priest”, “Black Christmas,” “Dogma” and Sinead O’Connor as the Blessed Mother cursing and swearing in “The Butcher Boy.”
Where are the Jews who so generously offer to now “forgive” Mel Gibson when in fact they should be begging for forgiveness themselves?
The six reasons Judaism Online gives for people hating Jews miss the mark almost entirely. People don’t hate Jews singularly for those reasons, they hate people generally who pour their hypocrisy over others and do so in the belief those people either agree with them or are too stupid to see and understand the truth.
Ms. Weiner should balance her appeal for forgiveness with a note on what Gibson’s opponents in the Hollywood Jewish community did to him and what they do to Christians and Catholics regularly in the name of freedom of expression. It is testament to the arrogance of the lot, including Ms. Weiner that they are ignorant of a wise admonishment contained in the New Testament: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”