Sunday, July 30, 2006
In Vino Veritas
The latin phrase means: "In wine there is truth." Or more specifically, if you drink too much alcohol, you may end up saying something like "The fucking Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Such a drunken rant alledgedly spewed forth from the mouth of Mel Gibson, the Oscar winning director of Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ, after being pulled over for reportedly driving 80 miles an hour while under the influence of alcohol. The statement would seem to support ongoing claims that Gibson is anti-semitic. Admittedly, it does seem like an odd thing to say after being pulled over for driving drunk. More to the point, Gibson, who apologized for his statements, is an admitted alcoholic and is seeking treatment once again for his addiction. In a cult of personality, that is Hollywood, will this be the statement that undoes Gibson's career? I doubt it. Even if a vocal group of protestors attempts to boycott his upcoming films, Gibson's statements will not be his downfall. (The quality of his films -- ummm, Apocalypto? -- are a whole other issue.) Remember, Jane Fonda survived similar boycotts for her views of the Vietnam War.