I’ve avoided writing about Mel Gibson because I despise him and life is short. His latest apology, however, has sent me over the edge:
“I’m not just asking for forgiveness,” Gibson said. “I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.”
Mel’s privilege really seems to be acting up. When you spew hate-filled venom about a group of people, you apologize as a first step. You then take action to address the hate you feel, unearned benefits you have relative to the group you attacked, and the inequality of the situation. There is one thing, however, that you do not do.
As long as people refuse to acknowledge this, they won’t make any real progress. Mel claims he doesn’t really hate Jews. Now, c’mon Jews, figure out this mess for him. Saying you’re sorry is necessary, but not sufficient, to move beyond hate and continued harm.
As long as we’re on the topic of making amends, when is Mel going to apologize for calling the female police officer “sugar tits”? Don’t worry, I’m not holding my breath.