Well, they wasted no time with this one!
Not that they should have, mind you!
In light of the HOriffic news this morning that anti-Semite Mel Gibson would be not only producing, but possibly directing a new film about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, the Anti-Defamation League has issued a justifiably scathing statement regarding the matter!
"We would have hoped that Warner Bros. could have found someone better than Mel Gibson to direct or perhaps even star in a film on the life of the Jewish historical icon Judah Maccabee. As a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty, Judah Maccabee deserves better. It would be a travesty to have the story of the Maccabees told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views. Not only has Mel Gibson shown outward antagonism toward Jews and Judaism in his public statements and actions, but his previous attempt to bring biblical history to life on the screen was marred by anti-Semitism. Rather than listen to respected religious leaders, both Christian and Jewish, who voiced concerns then about the insensitive elements of his depiction of the last hours and crucifixion of Jesus, Gibson showed contempt for those voices and refused to make changes that might have helped turn his passion of hate into a passion of love. While we do not argue with Mel Gibson’s right to make this film, we still strongly believe that Warner Bros. should reconsider Gibson’s involvement in this project."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves!
While we do believe in everyone's capacity to change, this man's past behavior proves that he has no business tackling this sort of subject matter, and if this goes through, it would be an outright slap in the face to Judah Maccabee's legacy.
Unbelievable that this is even being CONSIDERED.
He - and everyone involved in this decision - should be ashamed of themselves!
What do U think?? Should Mel be allowed to take part in this?
[Image via WENN.]