In my morning newspaper, I learned that Jewish suspicions about Mel Gibson's intentions in the making "The Passion of Christ" were well-founded as he engaged in an out-of-control rant upon being stopped for drunk driving. Being a Chosen One, i.e., an American Celebrity, he must have felt he had the right to object to beeing treated as if he were a regular citizen. Gibson did not elaborate on his misdeeds but the web site TMZ.com did that on his behalf. Gibson was right to be insensensed at being treated as a common citizen (of what? The USA or Australia? -- I vote for "Australia") for he was not even driving double the speed limit, going only 87 mph in a 45 mph zone. I'm sure we are all feeling his pain. You can go to this LA County Sheriff's page and enter "Gibson" for the last name and "Mel" for the first and up will pop his arrest record. A click on this will give you a page you can print and frame and put it up next to your favorite head shot of Mel.
There were plenty of expletives as well as anti-Semitic remarks in his rant and he is quoted as saying "I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from.." at the TMZ.com site. We can divide his linguistic excesses into two sorts -- the use of taboo expressions like "fuck" and the utterance of sentences with propositional content. It is not uncommon for persons suffering from senility, Tourette's syndrome, drugs (hospital administered after surgery, for instance), and drunkenness, etc to utter such things spontaneiously. I have tried to Google up some information about taboo words and senility to find sources for my long held belief -- I heard this first in college -- that socially proper old women who never once uttered a profanity in anyone's hearing before going senile would start coming up with taboo expressions. They will, of course, have heard them even though they had not voluntarily used them.
The title URL of this blog has Mel saying
According to TMZ.com, Gibson called the arresting deputy a "motherf---ker," whom he was going to "f--k" on account of "he [Gibson] 'owns Malibu' and will spend all of his money to 'get even' with me [the deputy]."Here we have propositional content. Gibson made a threat against the deputy. There ought to be consequences for that but their probably won't.
Gibson went on to say, according to TMZ.com
Later, the Website reported, Gibson ranted about the "f--king Jews," who "are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?" (Gibson, who helped build a Catholic church in Malibu, is not.)Here again we have propositional content, not the spontaneous utterance of a "fuck" or "motherfucking." He has asserted that the fucking Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. I wonder if that includes the Japanese invasion of Korea and China?
I have an answer for his plaintive quest to understand "where those vicious words came from." You are a fucking anti-Semite with no respect for the law or those who enforce it and see the latter as so socially beneath you that you feel you can crush them like a bug. I hope that helps you out, Mel. Please understand that anti-Semitic propositional content like this does not pop up spontaneously in normal people's drunken rants unless it was already there in their heads.
Senile people and people suffering Tourette's syndrome, but not drunks and persons under the influence of powerful pain relievers get a free pass for any and all expletives. Utterances with anti-Black, anti-Arab, anti-Jewish, etc. propositional content don't pop up spontaneously and when they do the people who do them do not get a free pass. I seem to have said a bad word while under the influence of post-surgical pain relievers when a nurse woke me up to take my "vitals" and I did not give myself a free pass and it shames me even today, some 12 years later. I'm not going to tell you about it even though how I learned about it is very funny.
(I used a feature of the Google toolbar that lets me blog about a page I am viewing. It seemed not to be working but it outdid itself by posting this twice.
Mel Gibson "Out of Control" - Yahoo! News