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American Culture -OR – Mel Gibson? Who gives a shit?!?

August 5, 2006 Leave a comment

[This entry was originally posted on my MySpace blog. It was transferred to WordPress on 1/20/2013.]

An observation on our American culture.

A few days ago on CNN.com, I saw a small headline toward the bottom of the list that said “Mel Gibson arrested for DUI”.  I didn’t click it.  I didn’t read the story because it doesn’t matter.  Later that day, it was bumped up in the list with a different headline – “Gibson rants against Jews”.  This time I did click it.  Ooooh, I couldn’t resist the juicy details of a Hollywood superstar falling so deep into his addiction that he would lash out against an entire race of people who have felt the brunt of hatred since antiquity!  It always makes me feel so much better about myself when I see celebrities – the most important and best people on earth – falling into human-like doldrums.  I’m not as far gone as Mel Gibson.  Sure I’ve gotten wasted.  Sadly, I have driven home drunk before (about five years ago and never again).  But you know, I’ve never been SO drunk as to call out an ethnic group.  So I feel better about myself now.

I went to work and what did I hear on the radio?  “Mel Gibson this…”  “Mel Gibson that…”  Jay Leno and Dr. Phil talked about Mel Gibson on the Tonight Show.  That made it onto the radio news.  “Mel’s a good guy, I’ve known him for a long time.  He doesn’t really hate Jews.” 

In fact, Mr. Gibson was was in the process of working on a miniseries about the Holocaust – which was subsequently cancelled.  Strangely as well, he was criticized for his portrayal of the Jewish Sandhedron in his film, The Passion of the Christ.  So what are his views toward Jews – really?  Here’s your answer – it doesn’t matter.  He’s a Hollywood actor and director.  If he gets drunk and does and says something stupid, it should not make it that high in the news cycle.  Especially now with all the crap that is going on in the world.

I got home after work and the top story was something about “Israeli soldiers killed” and the SECOND story on CNN.com was “Gibson charged with DUI”.  The SECOND HEADLINE.  It’s bad enough that the Israel / Hezbollah thing is dominating the news and distracting everyone from the atrocities in Iraq (that’s another blog entirely), but to bypass everything that is going wrong in America and to push back all that is going wrong for our soldiers to exclaim the world that Mel Gibson is sorry he yelled about Jews?  That is nothing short of nauseating.

Mel Gibson.  What about the 172nd Stryker Brigade in Iraq that was supposed to go home after a year’s tour, but the day they were to leave, they were relocated to Baghdad for three more months?  THAT didn’t make it to the number two slot on CNN.com.  How about the fact that a U.S. Senator’s son was recently killed in Iraq.  That also did not reach the number two slot.

We have a problem in America.  We are more concerned with the behavior of our celebrities than we are with the actions of our government leaders.  Celebrities entertain us.  The government shapes how we live our lives.  If people would sit up and pay as much attention to Congress as they do to Mel Gibson, things just MIGHT change around here.  Our culture of apathy and “here we are now, entertain us” is driving us straight toward destruction. 

Mel Gibson got drunk and said some stupid stuff.  Oh, that’s pretty horrible.  Donald Rumsfeld, completely sober, signed an order to put hard-working men who had completed their mission in a far more dangerous place while their families, who had already planned their ‘welcome home’ parties, cry themselves to sleep because they don’t know exactly how dangerous things are.  That’s beyond horrible.  That’s fucking sick.

We need to hold the media accountable.  We need to hold our government leaders accountable.  We need to fucking stand up and get our goddamn priorities straight.  Do something, anything.  Write to your congresspeople, your senators.  Tell them what you are unhappy with.  Organize rallies.  Attend rallies.  Make statements.  Don’t be afraid to stand up.  Let the media know what our priorities in America SHOULD be.  All this stuff is ours!  So LET’S TAKE IT BACK!  

Ah, forget it.  I’ll just go cruise YouTube.

 

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