A columnist on EW.com asks will Mel Gibson's despicable behavior keep you from going to see his movies? Well, I would certainly hope so! Look, I don't know exactly the extent of Mel Gibson's bad behavior, but those tapes of phone conversations with his baby mama are pretty bad. His camp isn't denying that it's him on those tapes, either. I would assume if they were faked, his agents and lawyers would be shouting that from the rooftops. But they're saying no comment. And over the years, there has been enough other smoke around Mel to make it really quite believable that he is the angry, violent, abusive jerk those tapes make him appear to be.
And if they aren't fakes, then Mel Gibson is a bad, bad man. Hurling racial epithets, freely using the ugliest word ever towards the mother of his child, informing her that she could be put in a rose garden. And lots more. Those words are really, truly awful and the man absolutely should be judged, and judged harshly, for uttering them.
So, yes, I would hope we would all be quite turned off and unwilling to further line his pockets with cash by going to see his movies. Sheesh, we apparently have stopped going to Tom Cruise movies and all he's done is go a little publicly crazy with love over Joey Potter and support a really kooky (and possibly destructive) cultish "religion". But Tom Cruise the man himself has always been a pretty good guy. I know of two stories where he literally saved lives and one where he personally aided a car accident victim and paid that victim's hospital bills out of his own pocket, for no reason other than he was there when it happened. If we'll withhold money from Cruise for his slightly odd behavior, I really hope we will all hardcore withhold money from an entitled jerk who will say such awful, ugly things to the mother of his child.
I should admit I have been withholding my money from Mel for more than a decade, ever since I heard him tell Jay Leno he would not "allow" his wife to see some of his movies. So the grown adult woman who had given birth to his seven children was not allowed to decide for herself what movies she would and would not see? And, of course, if his movies are so unacceptable for nice, wholesome, innocent women to see, then how was it acceptable to collect the paycheck that came from making those movies?
So my answer is no Mel Gibson movies for me, but that's been my answer for quite some time. I realize I don't have to personally like actors to enjoy their movies, but that's not really all this is. From everything I've read about these latest incidents and his earlier run-in with police, this is a racist, sexist, hateful, bigoted, angry, violent, entitled narcissist. I'd just as soon not further inflate his ego and pad his bank account as that might well only feed back into the entitlement and the narcissism, which undoubtedly allows the other aspects of his personality to run wild.