?uestlove is back, this time to tell us we should leave the racist lunatic alone.
By now you’ve no doubt heard one or all of the hideous, vulgar and violent recorded phone calls Mel Gibson made to Oksana Grigorieva, the woman he left his wife for and the mother of his youngest daughter. If not, spare yourself. You can never unhear such vile contempt, and it just leaves you feeling remarkably filthy.
Lots of people are weighing in on the Mel situation. Will it spell the end of his career? Is he actually, seriously insane? Will he do this woman more physical harm? All valid questions, and the answers seem to be yes, yes and yes. But maybe not. Because while most reasonable minds agree that Mel Gibson is a destructive psycho power-drunk on his own ego, a clown who’s now crossed the line from being a once-in-awhile curio to a violent danger to all those around him, he does have some support.
Would you believe there are actually people defending him, upset that Oksana Grigorieva even recorded his rants without his knowledge? It’s true—just trudge through the comments on any post about it, and you’ll find them. “Fine,” you say, “but these aren’t regular folks. They’re Internet commenters, emboldened by anonymity.” We hear you.
But Mel is also getting sympathy from ?uestlove, who, much like his take on alleged murderer and rapist Donte Johnson, has a very unique perspective from On High about the whole Mel Gibson thing. He’s taken to Twitlonger again to tell us how, but by the grace of God, we are all Mel Gibson. The (very fake) contents of the post follow:
look, a lot of y’all turnin’ this mel gibson recorded phone call thing into something super ugly. my timeline and my fund raising efforts obviously state that i hope he gets what he deserves.
let me just say this from the outset, before y’all get it twisted: what mel gibson says to this young lady over the phone is unacceptable. There is no doubt about that.
BUT, i cannot look at mel’s body of work and just dismiss him like that. i cannot hop with you on the “fuck this fucking misogynist monster” train. the year of living dangerously is my shit. i love it. maverick. bird on a wire. i even liked that movie he did with julia roberts, conspiracy theory. and, ahem, hamlet! come on, fam. jude law’s hamlet ain’t got nothin’ on Mel’s, and I went to see jude perform it twice on broadway, so i think i know what i’m talkin’ about!
and that’s before i even get to the big hits, son. hello? MAD MAX. say what you will about mel, but the guy has always been a bit nuts. in the past, that’s what we loved about ole dude. He is MAD MAX. He WAS the lethal weapon in LETHAL WEAPON! he is crazy enough to paint his face blue and gray and take on armies of men on his own. he is BRAVEHEART. this is what we love about bol. He is MAD.
i’ll never forget the first time i saw lethal weapon. it was one of the first scenes, and the police are at a nursery or some shit bargaining with some bad dudes. but mel flips the script on some ole three stooges shit and totally fucks up these bad guys on his own, while the rest of the force just watches in awe and horror. that’s a bad dude right there. and that was mel’s real intro to america—the fuckin’ crazy dude who was mad as a hatter and didn’t give a fuck. we fell in love instantly.
and now we tryin’ to hate him for the same shit. why? because this is real life? exactly. mel is being real! you ever been in love? what, your girl never drove you crazy?
i know what you are thinking: “?uest, that doesn’t mean he can tell his girl she got a ‘dysfunctional cunt.’” i totally agree. no man should tell his girl she’s got a dysfunctional cunt. or that he’s going to kill her and bury her in the rose garden. or knock two of her teeth out with a punch while she’s holding their infant daughter. no man should tell his girl she’s a pig and a slut and a fake whore who deserves to get raped by a pack of anything. i get that.
anwyay, just here to say, yes, mel was wrong. but you should stop telling him he’s wrong. because you don’t fully get where he was coming from as an artist and a mad man and a director of passion of the christ and apocolypto. just as women everywhere internalized “that could’ve been me or any of us!” i internalized mel. because, but for the grace of god, we are all Mel Gibson.
i’m just glad he’s white.