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Civil rights activists condemn remarks allegedly made by Mel Gibson

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01157018d72f970b-320wiCivil rights activists are strongly condemning actor and director Mel Gibson’s alleged use of the N-word during a recorded argument with the mother of his child publicized by two tabloid media websites.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Institute, is calling for a boycott of Gibson’s movies while the Southern Christian Leadership Conference California said that Gibson has shown a pattern of racism and sexism in prior remarks.

Rev. Eric P. Lee, president of the California branch of SCLC, said Gibson’s statements are sexist and racist.

Gibson has shown “patterns of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism, because this is not the first time he has been publicly heard making extremely offensive comments about other races, and now about women,” Lee said.

Radar Online reporters say they have heard a tape made by Oksana Grigorieva, Gibson's ex-girlfriend and mother of his baby daughter, Lucia. Gibson and Grigorieva have been battling in court over custody issues.

In an e-mail to The Times, Gibson’s representative Alan Nierob said that he had not yet confirmed the report's accuracy "due to legal matters."

According to Radar, Gibson is heard yelling insults at Grigorieva, including a nasty racial epithet. In one of his rants, Gibson reportedly says, "You look like a ... pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of ..., it will be your fault." The entertainment website TMZ said it has confirmed the remark.

In addition to a string of derogatory remarks, Gibson also is said to have threatened his girlfriend, saying "I am going to come and burn the ... house down."

If the statements made by Gibson are determined to be accurate, Lee said the SCLC will call on the entertainment industry to demonstrate equitable punitive measures against Gibson as it has done against other actors.

In 2006, during a driving under the influence arrest, Gibson, according to authorities unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against a Jewish sheriff’s deputy that included anti-Semitic remarks. The actor later apologized for his actions and asked for forgiveness.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Actor Mel Gibson. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Comments () | Archives (110)

Good. Proves he is Human. Keep making GREAT FILM.

Mel has a well-known (within the film industry and elsewhere) and quite serious drinking problem. Drunk people do and say hateful things that they later learn to regret. We should all pray that Mel Gibson finds the solution for his alcoholism and that he can make amends to the people he has harmed.

A private, domestic dispute is a private conversation; for the media should not even care about their exchange. I support Mel Gibson in general, and trust not those (i.e. pundits), who claim a 'higher morality'.

Johnny - people shouldn't be upset he said she deserved to be raped, used the N word, and said he would burn the house down among other things and while their 8 month old daughter is crying in the background? People will defend anything, as usual.

Joe - no, he said she DESERVED to be attacked, maybe read what was said before you start making assumptions!

And whoever said Gibson's "only human" - only human does not equal horrible language toward the mother of your child, and threats against her life. What a disgusting statement.

Speaking of racism. Something I just discovered last week.

Google search engine is racist toward Mexicans.

Simply google the word "Mexicans" and you get all kinds of stereotype images of Mexicans.

Now google any other group, blacks, italians, Indians, french, arabs and you do not get any stereotype images or no images at all.

And when I reported these images they do nothing about them.

I have to commend Gibson actually. His remarks are truthful and while that may offend some people, at least he's not a phony. Look, I don't really care for Jewish people very much either. I mean I don't go around making hate speeches but I'd rather not have them around. Most of the Jews I've met in my life I've found to deceitful, greedy liars. Sure, there are some good Jewish people of course just like there are some good black people but to make blanket statements that all Jews are great is just not true. And to excuse Israel of it's violence is unacceptable. We need to hold the perpetrators of crimes accountable for their actions.

People should keep their nose out of PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS.

Hmmm... I wonder what racist haters of white people call us these days? I don't care. To hell wth them.

passion of the christ was the most hated movie among jews. we love you mel

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