September 4, 2016 6:18 pm -

Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge” is getting good reviews, but journalists at the Venice Film Festival are giving him a pass on his infamous comments on Jews.

Andrew Garfield, who is Jewish, is the star of the movie and gets Oscar like plaudits. But no one in the press conference asked Mel or Garfield about Gibson’s famous 2006 statements when he was pulled for drunk driving in Malibu. Gibson told Jewish police officer Jame Mee: “F— the Jews. The Jews are responsible for starting all the wars in the world.”


This came on top of the news that Gibson had built and operates Holy Family Catholic church in Agoura Hills, California— now with a tax free foundation worth $70 million–that disavows Catholic church policy, is not part of any dioceses, and blames Jews for the death of Jesus Christ. Also, Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, is an avowed Holocaust denier.

The Holocaust occurred, of course, during the World War II that Gibson is now sentimentalizing in “Hacksaw Ridge.” Gibson has never apologized for his statements, or disavowed his father. And just to be clear, he underwrites a church whose parishioners support the same views. I doubt that Garfield, whose family changed their name from Garfinkel, would be welcome there.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.