My problem isn't that this was reported or people think ill of him because of it. My problem is that how other behavior and actions by famous people are not being reported and people don't feel ill of them. Mel Gibson isn't distinct or unusual in his behavior, if anything he's fairly mild according to several reports I've read out of Hollywood.
And with the blogging age, more of that is coming to light, day by day. Not long ago we read about how the Coreys (Feldman and Haim) were continually and horribly abused sexually by producers, directors, and big time stars - something fellow 80s starlet Allison Arngrim (Little House on the Prairie) said was common then. And there's zero evidence or reason to assume anything has gotten better there.
Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him "what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry." Weiss has pleaded not guilty.And it goes on and on. The gossip site Crazy Days and Nights is a tell all site revealing the horrors of Hollywood, with insider details on people such as Hayden Panettiere (beaten by her father and a string of abusive boyfriends), a call girl ring run by socialite and billionaire woman Diana Jenkins, and this unnamed show:
On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.
Registered sex offender Jason James Murphy, 35, worked as a casting agent in Hollywood for years before his past kidnapping and sexual abuse of a boy was revealed by the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 17. Murphy’s credits include placing young actors in kid-friendly fare like "Bad News Bears," "The School of Rock," "Cheaper by the Dozen 2” and the forthcoming "Three Stooges.”
A week or so ago I was talking to someone I have known forever. She is an actress you would all know if you saw her, but might not know her name. She has been acting for 20 years and is probably on her biggest hit right now. Scary show too. Anyway, she started off on a show that was a reincarnation/spin off of a very hit show that used some, but not many of the stars from the first show. She says that if you wanted to be on this new hit show you had to have sex. Constantly. With the producers. If you said no they would just find another woman or guy and slide them in and kick you out. The only people exempt from the requirement were the holdovers from the other show. However, those holdovers were all the biggest abusers of the new talent. The oldest actor was also the creepiest. He loved finding the legal and maybe not quite legal actors and actresses for himself.True or not? Well the problem is, the casting couch has never been worn out and Hollywood is such a reprehensible place I doubt you could post anything so ghastly that people would say "that sounds too extreme to be believed."
Now my point isn't that everyone in Hollywood is a horrible person or that its a total den of evil unparalleled by the rest of society. I'm sure many other groups of people are awful too, maybe even worse. My point is this: Mel Gibson isn't unique. I have no doubt thousands of other actors have been pulled over and even taped doing and saying crazy, awful stuff, but we never heard about it. Mel Gibson may be a drunken racist reprobate, but he's not the only one.
But he's treated as if he is. He's castigated and the butt of jokes and held up as a symbol of something bad when he's not even unusual in his line of work. And I think everyone reading this knows why.