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Mel Gibson sympathizes with Michael Richards

Mel Gibson sympathizes with Michael Richards

‘My heart went out to the guy,’ says troubled director

The Associated Press
Updated: 5:54 p.m. ET Nov. 29, 2006
NEW YORK - Though he’s lost many fans after being captured on video hurling racist epithets at a comedy club audience, Michael Richards has an ally: Mel Gibson.

“I felt like sending Michael Richards a note,” Gibson says in an interview in Entertainment Weekly’s Dec. 8 issue. “I feel really badly for the guy. He was obviously in a state of stress. You don’t need to be inebriated to be bent out of shape. But my heart went out to the guy.”

The 50-year-old actor-director added: “They’ll probably torture him for a while and then let him go. I like him.”

After his Nov. 17 tirade became known, Richards apologized on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS, saying his remarks were sparked by anger at being heckled, not bigotry. He also apologized to the Rev. Al Sharpton and on the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s syndicated radio program.

Gibson, star of the “Lethal Weapon” movies and director of “The Passion of the Christ,” was mired in a scandal of his own this summer for anti-Semitic comments he made to police in Malibu, Calif., during his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. He publicly apologized.

Are people refusing to work with him?

“No, people aren’t like that,” Gibson tells the magazine. “Those are just the headlines: Mel ostracized by Hollywood! Hollywood is what you make it. There is no great pooh-bah up there saying, ‘Go! You are condemned!”’

Gibson says he’s not anti-Semitic.

“I never have been and never would be,” he says. “But (the incident) hit this fear thing in me. My god, I made people afraid. ... And it was a horrible feeling. That’s when I said, ‘My god, I don’t want to be that monster.”’


His new movie, “Apocalypto,” from The Walt Disney Co.’s Touchstone Pictures, opens Dec. 8. It is a Mayan-language epic filmed in Mexico chronicling the decline of the native civilization.

He’s confident his past remarks will not hurt the movie at the box office.

“It’s primarily entertainment,” he says of his production. “An 18-year-old college guy, out with his buddies, he’s going to get into the chase. The movie will stand on its own, regardless of any unfortunate experience I may have stumbled upon.”

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Richards isn't really Jewish, publicist admits

Comic had used Judaism as excuse for anti-Semitic remarks

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Updated: 9:26 p.m. ET Nov. 28, 2006
LOS ANGELES - Just when it seemed Michael Richards was about to leave the most troubling incident of his career behind, his publicist is having to explain how the comic could consider himself to be Jewish.

Last week, crisis-management expert Howard Rubenstein acknowledged that Richards had shouted anti-Semitic remarks in an April standup comedy routine — well before his appearance earlier this month in which he harangued hecklers with the n-word. But he defended Richards’ language about Jews, saying that the comic “is Jewish. He’s not anti-Semitic at all. He was role-playing.”

As Rubenstein’s assertion circulated, Jewish organizations and commentators pointed out that the man who played Cosmo Kramer on “Seinfeld” has not converted to Judaism and neither of his parents are Jewish.

Which makes him ...

“Technically, not having been born by blood as Jewish and not formally going into a conversion, it was purely his interpretation of having adopted Judaism as his religion,” Rubenstein told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “He told me, ‘I’m Jewish,’ when I asked him.

“He said there were two mentors who raised him and who had a big influence on his life, and they were Jewish. He said, ‘I agree with the concepts and the religious beliefs of Judaism and I’ve adopted Judaism as my religion,”’ Rubenstein said. “He really thinks of himself as Jewish.”

What do some Jews think?

“You can’t feel Jewish. It’s not a matter of feeling. You can convert to Judaism. You can’t not convert to Judaism and then be Jewish,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

Hier defined being Jewish from two perspectives, if someone hasn’t gone through the process of formal conversion.

“From the Orthodox point of view, if that person has a Jewish mother, he would be considered Jewish,” Hier said. “In the Reform tradition, there’s also a patrilineage. Under those categories, he would not fit.”

Rabbi Mark S. Diamond of the 280-member Board of Rabbis of Southern California agreed.

“There are many people who appreciate Jewish customs, who may embrace aspects of Jewish culture and practice, but that does not make them Jewish,” he said.

After his tirade came to light, Richards apologized on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS, saying his remarks were sparked by anger at being heckled, not bigotry. He also apologized to the Rev. Al Sharpton, and apologized Sunday on the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s syndicated radio program.


Rubenstein said Richards wasn’t available for an interview Tuesday.

“He wants to rest,” the publicist said. “He’s been talking to his psychiatrist.”

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He also sympathizes with Hitler.

Mel Gibson is pure sleeze.
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misery luvs company.

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oh my god. I shouldn't be surprised, but I am, mainly because it's a very stupid thing to say, even if he really sympathizes with him.
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Totally predictable.
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Anyone know why Mel Gibson chose to comment at all?!
It's an odd thing to do since he himself hasn't fully recovered from his own hate-laced remarks. In fact, Mel's sympathy towards Richards may even have the opposite affect, and hurt Richards even more.
That's just an opinion though.

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Anyone know why Mel Gibson chose to comment at all?!
It's an odd thing to do since he himself hasn't fully recovered from his own hate-laced remarks. In fact, Mel's sympathy towards Richards may even have the opposite affect, and hurt Richards even more.
That's just an opinion though.
I think Richards is already done cause what he said clearly makes him a racist. This will really hurt Gibson a lot more cause Richards is pretty much indefensible. That's why I thought it was really stupid of him to come out in support of Richards like that.
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Mel Gibson, sit down.
Why comment at all about this, especially when you're in hot water yourself?

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People empathize with those who have gone through the same rough patches. It's commendable for Mel Gibson to lend his support. He knows a person should not be judged by the one moment they lost their temper. He knows everyone pointing the finger at Richards has had an outburst at one point or another. Richards' tantrum just happenned to have been exposed by the national media.

Bad PR move by Mel. The fact that he chose solidarity over a fellow "fallen soldier" over his own media-standing strenghtens my respect for the guy. (Even though it pisses me off that he keeps filming movies in dead languages!).

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People empathize with those who have gone through the same rough patches. It's commendable for Mel Gibson to lend his support. He knows a person should not be judged by the one moment they lost their temper. He knows everyone pointing the finger at Richards has had an outburst at one point or another. Richards' tantrum just happenned to have been exposed by the national media.

Bad PR move by Mel. The fact that he chose solidarity over a fellow "fallen soldier" over his own media-standing strenghtens my respect for the guy. (Even though it pisses me off that he keeps filming movies in dead languages!).

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fucking please.

Anyone that has a couple of brain cells can tell that Richards is a disgusting racist. Not only did he pour out racial slurs, but disgusting ones too, refering to segregation and slavery. I can't believe there are people who would even dare to make the argument otherwise. People get angry all the time, and they don't just "accidentally" make racial slurs.
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fucking please right back at ya, mate.

When people get angry--and I mean Hulk-angry--they lose touch with reason and say/do things they wouldn't otherwise. It's unfair to condemn someone based on a moment of insanity, especially when he didn't damage anyone (unless you consider verbal abuse to be inflicting tragic damage).

This has been blown out of proportion because, unfortunately, this kind of crap sells. The media doesn't care if they fuck someone's life as far as their bottom line is favored. I really wonder why there's no information forthcoming regarding Richards' past attitudes towards the black community. It appears to me this is an isolated incident...

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fucking please right back at ya, mate.

When people get angry--and I mean Hulk-angry--they lose touch with reason and say/do things they wouldn't otherwise. It's unfair to condemn someone based on a moment of insanity, especially when he didn't damage anyone (unless you consider verbal abuse to be inflicting tragic damage).

This has been blown out of proportion because, unfortunately, this kind of crap sells. The media doesn't care if they fuck someone's life as far as their bottom line is favored. I really wonder why there's no information forthcoming regarding Richards' past attitudes towards the black community. It appears to me this is an isolated incident...

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When I get this angry, I get very VERY quiet. My kids run to their rooms and wifie sends me outdoors. And that's at home.

Out in public, I get just as quiet, and stand their studying my adversary...discovering their weaknesses. As an Oaktown native, you learn to react accordingly [with so many cops and gangsters around] so as not to get shot.

Having said that, it's a very 'mentally' weak or sick individual who cannot control his/her temper in or at a public venue. And as an performer [and especially a comedian], this is primary to success on any level. I would hope that of all the people Michael Richards would seek to avoid, Mel Gibson would have to be the #1 pariah.
I mean honestly now, Mel Gibson is not known for his 'strength-of-character' or 'morals'. Especially since his own outburst exposed the world to his own dark side?
I can't help but believe that Gibson's acts are the products of a Hollywood personality salvaging his ability to secure future income?

Again, we are talking about actors here.

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