Suddenly The Actor IS a Reason Condemn a Movie?

Left-wingers have for years complained that conservatives are wrong to condemn a movie based on the outspoken nature or politics of a staring actor or director.

“It’s just a movie,” they tell us and they scold us for not separating the entertainment from the actor’s real life. But now, in a typical hypocritical move, left-wingers are condemning a movie that is in the works precisely because of who is involved in the project, Mel Gibson, someone they do not like. It is hard not to recognize the hypocrisy here.

The movie is a sword and sandals piece based on the epic 2nd Century B.C. battle of Jewish hero Juddah Maccabee, whose victory over the Greek and Syrian armies forms a central part of Hanukkah. Gibson has been working on the movie for quite a while and planned to direct.

The film, though, has run into some development troubles. Warner Bros. has put a hold on the film for various reasons, most especially, apparently, because the script isn’t working out well.

But the film has also been “controversial” because of Gibson’s involvement. Several left-wingers have complained that they don’t want this movie made by Mel Gibson who made himself infamous for several drunken anti-Semitic rants going back to 2006.

Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas has attacked Gibson for his drunken racist rants and so has Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Hier even proclaimed that “Jewish history will be better off without Mel Gibson playing Judah Maccabee.” The Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman condemned the movie in September, as well.

Now, given his past history, I see no reason to criticize people who might feel uncomfortable with Mel Gibson’s involvement in a movie about a Jewish war hero. That is most certainly not at issue here. But isn’t this exactly the sort of situation left-wingers scold conservatives for? Separating from the entertainment the real-life actions of a moviemaker is exactly what the left claims is a desirable trait in a movie fan. Yet here they are condemning a movie precisely because of who is involved with it.

So, why are these lefties violating their own supposed principles? Looks like they have just been mugged by reality, doesn’t it?

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  • jim_m

    But it’s OK with the left if you are a pedophile and rapist.

    • Hugh_G

      Are you?

      • jim_m

         I would not go see a polanski film.  No.

        • iwogisdead

          Well, it wasn’t rape rape, according to one of the leading liberal spokesidiots.

        • Guest

          I won’t touch a Polanski film either.  Dude’s a rapist.  

  • Patrick Budowski

    @jim_m723:disqus  they would pay double for that.. :(

  • klaffner

    Well it is just a movie, but to watch a movie you have to suspend your disbelief.  I used to love Tom Hanks, but now whenever I see him on the screen, I just can’t see his character.  I only see a guy who narrated a Obama propaganda campaign ad.  

    • UOG

      Funny that, I see him as a guy on stage yucking it up with another guy who’s in blackface.

  • GarandFan

     “It is hard not to recognize the hypocrisy here.”

    Believe me, they don’t even see it.

  • Guest

    I haven’t liked a Mel Gibson movie since Spaceballs.

    • jim_m


      • Guest

        What?  President Skroob was a funny character.

        • jim_m

           Mel  Brooks

          • Guest

            Mel Brooks was the Velvet Fog.

          • warnertoddhuston

            No that was Mel Blanc.

          • jim_m

             Didn’t he make fountain pens?

          • iwogisdead

            Du-be-ya-du-be-ya-du-be-ya, That’s all Folks!!!!

          • warnertoddhuston

            Now, I thought that was mountebank.

  • LissaKay

    Wait … anti-Semitism is not OK with liberals? Or is that only when it comes from someone who is not a liberal? 

  • Commander_Chico

    Mel Gibson is clearly a troubled nut, probably because his father was a religious fanatic.  He pissed me off when his Vietnam-veteran character in Edge of Darkness made a remark dismissing the existence of PTSD – because Mel’s father took the family to Australia to avoid the Vietnam draft, and Mel never served (he was just on the edge of being too young for Vietnam)

    That said, Apocalypto in particular was a great and under-appreciated piece of work.  I think because of his drunken rantings critics did not give it the praise it deserved.   

  • Doc Musgrove

    Is it ok to hate jane fonda’s guts?

    • Rodney G. Graves

      Only those who hate the United States would say “no.”

  • TomInCali

    Left-wingers have for years complained that conservatives are wrong to
    condemn a movie based on the outspoken nature or politics of a staring
    actor or director.

    Which left-wingers have complained about this, and what movies, actors, or directors have they said this about?

    • warnertoddhuston

      I’d respond with a list I have here, but if you are so oblivious to current events that you even have to ask that question… well, truthfully, you are a waste of my time to bother with.

      • TomInCali

        So in other words, you have no answer. Just as I suspected when I read your opening sentence.

  • SpideyTerry

    “Mel Gibson who made himself infamous for several drunken anti-Semitic rants going back to 2006”

    Heh, he was just six years shy of the Occupy Movement.

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