August 8, 2006

Mel Gibson again asks Jewish leaders for forgiveness after failed screening of his Holocaust film

Posted in satire at 12:09 am by thewashingtonbeltsider

images5.jpgby Paula Berrer

After opening night criticism of his new film “Jews run everything. There was no Holocaust,” filmmaker Mel Gibson has again issued a public apology to the Jewish community, saying he perhaps is an anti-Semite, but had not realized it.  The source material, a French-German propaganda leaflet from the 1940s, was felt to be difficult to translate to film, and the reviews have been near unanimous in calling Gibson’s newest work turgid and lifeless as well as offensive to Jewish groups.

“Okay, I get it,” writer-director Gibson said. “This is offensive stuff.  I hadn’t realized it.  I want to make ammends.”  He is asking for forgiveness for what he is calling his “reprehensible and insensitive behavior.” 

The only major Jewish public figures who have not refused to talk to Gibson are Albert Brooks, who intends to use Gibson’s public healing as material for a new film, and actor Red Buttons, who died at the age of 87 on July 14.  Also willing to help him seek healing is Jamie Farr, formerly of TV’s “M*A*S*H,” though he is Episcopalean and not Jewish.  

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