Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Mel Gibson planning holocaust mini-series

CNN link here.


Innocuous enough, I suppose. He is certainly free to make films on whatever subject he chooses, and this is still a worthy one.

However,
"For (Gibson) to be associated with this movie is cause for concern," Rafael Medoff, director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Melrose Park, Pennsylvnaia, told the Times. "He needs to come clean that he repudiates Holocaust denial."



Hmmm. Exactly how does one set oneself up as the arbiter of who may make Holocaust films and who may not? Furthermore, since when does the deranged beliefs of the father disqualify the son? Hutton Gibson may be unbalanced. Does this automatically mean that Mel is as well?


Can you say, "gross generalization"?

A further concern is the suggestion that Gibson's (Mel's) supposed anti-semitism disqualifies him. He is not an anti-Semite, but set that aside. Is the Holocaust reserved strictly for Jews? Even Elie Wiesel, the premier Nazi hunter and speaker for Jewish misery in the Holocaust challenged the Jewish attempt to monopolize the misery.(ARRRRGHH!!!! I cannot FIND the quote, so I will have to paraphrase!!) He said something to the effect of: "Yes, 6 million Jews died. But so did 6 million more Catholics, Gypsies, Slavs and others. Is theie suffering somehow less than ours?"


I must applaud the industry response to the IHS comment:
Quinn Taylor, ABC's senior vice president in charge of television movies, had a harsh reply for early critics.

"Shut up and wait to see the movie, and then judge,"
. Lovely response, that.
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