Mel Gibson is making a new movie, but people haven’t forgotten his history.
On Monday, the New York Post reported that the actor would be making a sequel to the famous The Passion of the Christ film, which originally Gibson wrote and directed in 2004.
“Mel Gibson just sent me the third picture, the third draft. It’s coming,” the actor Jim Caviezel, who originally played Jesus, told Breitbart. He said it would be the "biggest film in world history".
While some people on social media seemed excited about this prospect, others were horrified that Hollywood keep giving Gibson opportunities, due to antisemitic comments he made historically.
“No, thanks,” Charlotte Clymer tweeted, in reference to the reported sequel, “I love and respect Jewish folks".
The original film itself also faced allegations of antisemitism: at the time, the Anti-Defamation League released a statement that concluded by saying: “The Passion could likely falsify history and fuel the animus of those who hate Jews.”
Gibson went on a well-known obscenity-filled antisemitic tirade in 2006 when he was arrested for a DUI. In the midst of the episode, the actor claimed that Jews were “responsible for all the wars in the world.” He later apologised.
In 2010 a recording of Gibson having a drunken fight with his partner Oksana Grigorieva was released. It was filled with screaming racist comments, including the n-word and threats. He later apologised.
Gibson has also been called out for homophobic comments in the past.
It is with this knowledge that we wonder why on Earth Mel Gibson is still a somewhat of a beloved character, on-and-off the screen in Hollywood?
One Twitter user wrote on the news of the sequel:
Mel gibson is the real proof no one can be cancelled.
And ain't that the truth.
indy100 contacted Mel Gibson to ask if he had a response to people revisiting his historic remarks and alleging that The Passion of the Christ contains antisemitism.
If he responds, we'll let you know.