I used to be a big Mel Gibson fan. I loved his movies, loved his charm, and just loved the air that he seemed to carry about wherever he went. But then he went and got all Hollywood and weird. Not to mention, very judgmental on many, many political topics. I went sour on Mel even before he irrevocably screwed up his marriage and knocked up young chickie Oksana Grigorieva. But that whole scandal really had nothing to do for my hate on Mel. But really, any headline I read with him, especially if he’s talking about a politically ‘hot topic’, I tend to be quite biased even before I get into the opening sentence.
That’s why when I came across this post in Celebitchy about how Mel thought that the whole Tiger Woods scandal was being used a diversion from war, I did an inward eye roll and prepared myself to read more Gibson nonsense. But actually, this is an interview that actually makes sense. And Mel gives an argument that many people have given about Tiger Woods, and about many other celebrities. From Daily Mail via Celebitchy,
“Mel on his “sins”: “ Nobody is without sin. You have to try to make amends if you can. You have to shut up and move on and not whine about it. And you have to deal with it like a man. And that’s. Whatever fallout comes from it, be it fair or unfair, you’ve just got to accept your own culpability. The minute you start whining, it’s ridiculous.”
On Tiger Woods: “I feel sorry for Tiger Woods. Why are we talking about this when we’re sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan? You’ve got this history-changing event going on and we’re talking about Tiger’s private life and golf injuries. He’s being used as a diversion and it just drives me crazy. You come out savaged. I just think, ‘Who cares?’”
On his divorce and his relationship with Oksana: “When all’s said and done I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage. I’m to blame, if you’re inclined to judge.”
Yes, why are we spending so much time on Tiger when people are out giving their lives for us? My brother told me a stat over the holidays that in a New York newspaper, something regarding the Tiger Woods scandal ran for 21 days straight, which was 3 days longer than the 9/11 coverage. While this might show just how sad and shallow our society is, I think it’s actually for a different reason.
We don’t really care. Will we be sad if Tiger and his wife split up? Probably not. It is a diversion. Mel’s right about that. But I think it’s a diversion we all need. We can’t be bombarded everyday with things like war and death. And while, it’s unfortunate for Tiger that he’s a major figure in the public eye and therefore, the target of our diversion, that’s the way it goes in Hollywood. The same way it went for Mel when he was a raging alcoholic and during his bitter divorce. Which, I’m glad he took full blame for, by the way. And nobody should feel sorry for Tiger Woods. For any reason.
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