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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Anything for Ratings



Today's NY Times:
Mel Gibson, whose "The Passion of the Christ" was assailed by critics as an anti-Semitic passion play - and whose father has been on record as a Holocaust denier - has a new project under way: a nonfiction miniseries about the Holocaust.

Mr. Gibson's television production company is developing a four-hour miniseries for ABC based on the self-published memoir of Flory A. Van Beek, a Dutch Jew whose gentile neighbors hid her from the Nazis but who lost several relatives in concentration camps.

...Mr. Gibson's father, Hutton Gibson, has repeatedly denied that the Holocaust happened. Before the release of "The Passion of the Christ," Hutton Gibson said that accounts of the Holocaust were mostly "fiction" and asserted that there were more Jews in Europe after World War II than before.

Mel Gibson, for his part, when asked by an interviewer in early 2004 whether the Holocaust happened, responded that some of his best friends "have numbers on their arms," then added: "Yes, of course. Atrocities happened. War is horrible. The Second World War killed tens of millions of people. Some of them were Jews in concentration camps."
Ah, the old "Some of my best friends are Holocaust survivors". In the same breath as he says only "some" of the people killed in the Holocaust were Jews.

Of course, we have to assume that ABC has a very good reason for allowing a topic as sensitive as the Holocaust to be tackled by a figure that is so controversial to Jews. No worries, they have a very good, well thought-out set of justifications:
But Quinn Taylor, ABC's senior vice president in charge of movies for television, acknowledged that the attention-getting value of having Mr. Gibson attached to a Holocaust project was a factor.

"Controversy's publicity, and vice versa," Mr. Taylor said.
Next week on ABC: Al Sharpton produces a documentary on the history of Black-Jewish race relations.

19 Comments:

Blogger Mirty said...

Revolting on so many levels. Now we'll have the antisemitic viewpoint of the Holocaust. At least ABC is honestly stating that it's all about sensationalizing and ratings, not some bogus even-handedness.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How scary is he in that picture? looks just like J--sus looks. at least how I presume J--sus looked.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking someone ought to organize a boycott of any advertisers airing ads during the miniseries. Then I realized that joining such a boycott would be like admitting you watch TV, and how can you ask nice Jewish people to admit that they have televisions in their closets? So that would cut out most of the "frum" community, anyway...

11:06 AM  
Anonymous abc123 said...

"Next week on ABC: Al Sharpton produces a documentary on the history of Black-Jewish race relations."

Great comment. I laughed out loud.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Dude, he doesn't look like Jesus. He looks like Saddam.

Awful stuff, this Mel Gibson business.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Masmida said...

First thought:
Someone get that maniac off my history.

Second thought:
Well, other people are allowed to interpert jewish history.

Third thought:
Someone wants to crucify the entire Jewish people in effigy. One lamb in place of another.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Great comment. I laughed out loud.

Ditto.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Anonymous the Cat said...

This is really disturbing. But then again, if Jewish groups s force him to make the film sympathetic to Jews, then we can say: "You see? Even our enemies admit that we suffered in the Shoah."

2:23 PM  
Blogger DovBear said...

not some bogus even-handedness.

ABC might not have evenhandness in mind, but as I wrote on my blog today (www.dovbear.blogspot.com) Mel certainly wnats to whitewash the churchs role in the holocaust. It's not a coincidence his topic is a Christan who saved a Jew.

"Next week on ABC: Al Sharpton produces a documentary on the history of Black-Jewish race relations."

I don't even get this joke. Black and Jews got along very well until the 70s, when it deteriorated for various reasons. Sharpton, is an anti-Semite and a pig, but most blacks aren't. I hate to ask you to explain the joke, but would you?

4:50 PM  
Anonymous charliehall said...

I am sure that we will hear from Michael Medved how wonderful this movie is.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! He looks just like Saddam. The resemblance in uncanny.

5:39 PM  
Blogger shmutzy said...

To Mel's credit, he does say that the second world war killed people and that some of them were Jews, not that the holocaust killed people and some were Jews. It's a subtle difference, but I think that it does matter.

But as for him doing a holocaust miniseries? Bizzare.

6:13 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

I don't even get this joke. Black and Jews got along very well until the 70s, when it deteriorated for various reasons. Sharpton, is an anti-Semite and a pig, but most blacks aren't. I hate to ask you to explain the joke, but would you?

Sigh. You must be kidding me. Let me spoon-feed this to you. Sharpton has been an extremely negative force in black-jewish race relations. Therefore, he is hardly the person to go to to produce an unbiased account of the history of said relations. Of COURSE the fact that Al Sharpton is an Anti-Semite doesn't make most blacks anti-Semitic. Why in the world would you think that??? I am bewildered as to your point with that statement. Then again, creating arguments out of thin air is your favorite M.O.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Nephtuli said...

I am bewildered as to your point with that statement. Then again, creating arguments out of thin air is your favorite M.O.

Ouch.

7:52 PM  
Blogger DovBear said...

Ouch is right. OrthoMom is so mean.

I honestly didn't understand the joke, perhaps because... well, I guess I was just dense. You know what that's like, right?

I still don't think it's that funny. Perhaps I didn't think it was a good joke because Ezzie was first to laugh?

10:23 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Ouch is right. OrthoMom is so mean.

Boo hoo. Poor Mr. Kettle.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

I'm really enjoying this thread. Is that wrong?

(munches popcorn)

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel Gibson is great actor and film maker.
Please don't get upset about the "some" Jews comment.....
Hopefully the miniseries will show that 6 million others died in the camps....but we only hear about the Jews

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