Riffing off of Piny’s earlier post, at what point does one cross the line from doing or saying something anti-Semitic into actually being an anti-Semite? Mel Gibson gets tanked and launches into an anti-Semitic tirade about how Jews caused all the wars of the world. Michael Richards shouts racial and religious epithets during one of his comedy shows. But neither of them is really a bigot, right?
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.”
Well, you know what they say about birds of a feather.
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