Mel Gibson Admits Remarks, Asks for Help

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    LOS ANGELES — Mel Gibson's statement, released to the news media early Tuesday, five days after his drunken driving arrest in Malibu:

    There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark. I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.

    I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.

    The tenets of what I profess to believe necessitate that I exercise charity and tolerance as a way of life. Every human being is God's child, and if I wish to honor my God I have to honor his children. But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.

    I'm not just asking for forgiveness. 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.

    I have begun an ongoing program of recovery and what I am now realizing is that I cannot do it alone. I am in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display, and I am asking the Jewish community, whom I have personally offended, to help me on my journey through recovery. Again, I am reaching out to the Jewish community for its help. I know there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.

    This is not about a film. Nor is it about artistic license. This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have. Its about existing in harmony in a world that seems to have gone mad.


    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,206572,00.html
     
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    Well, at least he's attempting to make amends. That's commendable.
     
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    He doesn't have anything to apologize for in my opinion.

    We've ALL said stupid things when we were drunk... leave it at.

    Mel's a good guy.
     
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    I fully agree - I know of plenty of stupid things which have been said when folks are "under the influence" - Mel issuing this shows to me that he's trying to above the call of duty in making sure he gets the help he needs..

    Personally, I'll be praying for him..
     
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    I don't think he needs "help" either. I think what he's doing now is just damage control.
     
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    Have Mel Call me at BR-5469 and I will help him through the drinking problem. As far as apologies go, he should have known better about driving and drinking. In this country, with the slide of the economy, many road maintenace programs have seen reduced funding. Therefore, many roads and highways, even in affluent communities are needing repairs for potholes, cracks, etc....

    Mr. Gibson should have realized that it is unsafe to drink and drived on these damaged roadways as ones vehicle may suddenly dip and swerve causing the beverage to tip and spill.. Shame on Mel.:dev3:

    That being said, I agree with the posts. Mr. Gibson has shown remarkable chutzpah and leadership by offering to get help for his problem.
     
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    LOL He just needs a good soulfoul interview with Barabara Wawa and it'll blow over...
     
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    He just pissed everyone off this time, Jews, the cops, and his wife..:blowup:

    He screwed up, we all do it...
     
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    King David did far worse yet he was still a "man after God's own heart"....

    *shrug* - the ONLY reason this is news is because it's mel... and libs have been looking for a way to crucify him since the Passion movie.. :/
     
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    Of course he has to apologise, he was being offensive. Also, many true words are spoken when drunk....
     
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