Big-shot Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel has (rightly, imho) called for an industry boycott of Gibson, and Barbara Walters made it clear to a large audience of daytme television viewers that she's not going to see any new Gibson films, but I don't think his career is over.
I agree with Entertainment Weekly about what will happen.
- Gibson goes to (outpatient) rehab. This makes clear that Gibson isn't a racist, he's a victim of alcoholism. Funny. There have been times that I had too much to drink, but it never made me say things I didn't think. It made me say things that I thought all the time but didn't usually verbalize.
- Gibson will lay low for a while and wait for the notorious short memories of the movie-going audience and Hollywood to forget a little.
- Gibson will do a round of the talk show circuit (including Larry King) and do the standard mea culpa schtick, asking in his sincerest tone for forgiveness. America, the land of second chances, will grant this forgiveness.
- Gibson will star in a reasonably successful, apolitical comedy.
- Gibson will be back in the good graces of American audiences.
You've probably seen the READ posters that the American Library Association sells to libraries and uses to promote literacy. There's one with Mel Gibson.
K.G. Schneider, a librarian blogger who I read, called for the ALA to remove this poster from their catalogue, and this makes sense to me, but not, it seems, to a lot of libraryfolk. One commenter wrote:
"Library collections usually contain all sorts of toejam that I personally find odious, but I'd defend their right to be there to represent as wide a view as possible. The same with the poster."
I think this a flawed argument. It is one thing to protect the diversity of the materials in library collections- I don't want, for example, Mein Kampf to disappear from libraries.
But as I commented in the same post on Schneider's blog, there's a big difference between a library's collection and the materials it uses to promote itself. What does it say about a library if it leaves a Mel Gibson poster up? What sort of P.R. or marketing is that?
I'm still waiting for someone to photoshop the book in this READ poster on Mel's lap to be Mein Kampf, or something similar. Or maybe one of these:
- The Five Languages of Apology: How to Experience Healing in All Your Relationships
- On Apology
- My Bad: 25 Years of Public Apologies and the Appalling Behavior That Inspired Them
- Public Relations For Dummies
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