Monday, July 31, 2006

Mel Gibson - Where's the Widespread Conservative outrage?

Okay - so it's been a couple days since Mel Gibson got drunk and shat all over himself, anti-semite style. That's more than enough time for all the big time conservative elements in the blogosphere, some of whom made a point of defending Gibson when he was accused of anti-semitism in "Passion," to eat crow and/or harshly excoriate Gibson for his nasty words, just as they'd do if it had been Alec Baldwin, Michael Moore or Cindy Sheehan behind the wheel of that Lexus... right?

Well... not really.

The only major conservative blog that's really gone full throttle about it was Libertas.

"Provided all the details are verified (they’re still under investigation), I’m more than a little angry at Mr. Gibson. I am volcanic. ... Gibson’s alleged comments also come after a lot of conservatives in Hollywood and elsewhere had gone to the mat to defend him against charges of anti-Semitism. Those conservatives included Govindini and I - who stood up for Gibson, even on national television. Neither of us believed those charges about him. Neither of us wanted to pre-judge Gibson or his film purely on the basis of his father’s remarks. ... I don’t know what Gibson’s personal motivations were - and it now seems possible Gibson may have been a bullshit artist, a devout but deranged crank who took conservatives and Christians for a ride. If that’s what he’s done, then his behavior has been lower than dirt. For all I’m concerned, he can now stick his career where the sun don’t shine."

The Captains Quarters also calls the spade a spade, and lets abe Foxman of the ADL have it for his stupid call for a criminal probe. It isn't a crime to hate Jews, or anyone for that matter - It's a personal decision that eventually gets you ostracized from polite company when you get drunk and yell at a cop.

The folks at NRO's Corner? Jonah Goldberg seems sort of wishy washy, but Jon Podhoretz takes no prisoners


Any words from David Horowitz at Frontpage Magazine, which often acts as a vanguard against Hollywood anti-semitism? No - he'd rather cheer on Israel's offense against Lebanon et al than touch that one. I wonder why...?

Michelle Malkin? Only a very lukewarm "Very awful, if the reports are true." Yeah, you tell 'em, Michelle. I bet he's quaking in his shoes, now.

Little Green Footballs? Nothing yet.

David "Axis of Evil" Frum? "If a drunken Mel Gibson did indeed call out, "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," then there can be only one possible place for a man who believes such things: as the next Secretary General of the United Nations." Oh, ha ha ha. You wacky guy.

(I'm told Michael Medved said something eerily similar when asked about it. Go fig.)

Anne Coulter? Nothing yet, but she doesn't blog. I predict she'll say "shame on you, but the media is more anti-semitic, anyway, and they never apologize" in her next column.

So no... no widespread condemnation. At least not yet.

But maybe we can catch them when they all take a dump on Mitt "Tar Baby" Romney, too.

UPDATE 1 - 8/1: Don Feder says his piece over at Frontpage

"Forgive me, but this is a typical celebrity apology – "I behaved badly (without actually addressing the conduct/statements in question). I’m sorry. But that’s not really me."

I’m not buying it."

He also uses the occasion to thump on Cindy Sheehan, Louis Farakhan, Bill Clinton, Pat Buchanan and Michael Moore.


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