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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

LETS GET GIBSON

"Oh yeah, the Coreys, everyone's had them."

Mel Gibson has been given a bad rap. By that I mean he's been treated inconsistently and unfairly, not that he's a nice guy. His drunken rants and abusive treatment of his ex wife are reprehensible and sad, and seem to indicate a man who is really messed up - and he seems to know it.

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.

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.”

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:
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.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because he's way more famous than any of the other people you list?
Because he was caught on tape?
Because he did it in front of cops?

2:51 PM, March 13, 2012  
Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

Perhaps you didn't read these words:

"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."

If you think he's the only one ever caught on tape in front of cops who's famous like that... well I've got a bridge to sell you.

3:10 PM, March 13, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your words but found them unconvincing. Why on Earth would cops protect some celebrities while celebrities of every other stripe are exposed?

3:27 PM, March 13, 2012  
Blogger Philip said...

"Why on Earth would cops protect some celebrities while celebrities of every other stripe are exposed?"

1. Being in the good graces of the industry, or having clout within Hollywood.

2. Having a good agency and press secretary.

3. having a team of lawyers who work for celebrities who are in the good graces of the industry,

4. Industry pressure on the media, gossip columnists, etc. The cops still do all the procedural stuff; what gets released is the critical part.

Mel Gibson doesn't have the favor of Hollywood or the industry:

a. He's openly Old-School Catholic(as in pre-Vatican II),

b. He's antisemitic in an industry where that's worse than being a murderer,

c. He thumbed his nose at the industry by producing "The Passion" which was moderately successful,

d. He wasn't the box-office star that he had been.

6:18 PM, March 13, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's much, much easier to pile on, when a scandal has been made public, than to keep a scandal private.

Gibson's persona might have added to the harsh treatment he received, but so did the scandal. Most people think antiSemitic rants are worse than, say, the Baldwin brother yelling at his kid.

There's no evidence that "thousands" of other people "famous like that" have been caught on tape. And in this day and age, it seems increasingly unlikely. Not a single cop would think to leak something to a tabloid, because of pressure from powerful press agents? Really? Have you met a cop?

7:10 PM, March 13, 2012  
Blogger Christopher Taylor said...

I can tell you've never been to Los Angeles and know nothing about Hollywood movie culture. Celebrities can count on being pulled over and let go because of who they are.

9:49 AM, March 14, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I live in LA.

Celebrities who run a red light, maybe. Celebrities who spew drunken racist rants on tape? Dream on.

The reason why there's not a tape of Julia Roberts talking about Jews is either a) she never did such a thing or b) it wasn't on tape. Not c) Warner Brothers covered it up because she's a good liberal.

10:32 AM, March 14, 2012  
Anonymous Steven Spielberg said...

I'm Steven Spielberg and I'm a big time movie star! I live in LA too and he's right, never has any star ever gotten away with anything or had their drunken hateful rants ignored by the cops or press! You can trust be because I'm Steven Spielberg! Honest!

1:13 PM, March 14, 2012  
Blogger Philip said...

"Not c) Warner Brothers covered it up because she's a good liberal"

Nobody mentioned Warner Brothers, or "being a good liberal", though that certainly doesn't hurt

"Have you met a cop?"

Yes, and LAPD, Whilst I in the line of duty. The vast majority are too busy to send tapes to tabloids.

Not a single cop would think to leak something to a tabloid, because of pressure from powerful press agents?

They might leak it. The question is whether the L.A. media would air it. And that's where the pressure from both the industry and press agents comes in. You just have to look at the L.A. Times to see that.

5:42 PM, March 14, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

About 20 years ago I was told by an older LAPD cop that "they don't put celebrities in jail because they make too much money for the city." In truth it's like suing a casino in Vegas for sexual harassment; you'd better have more money then they do. Of course with repeated and blatant offenses those rules have changed a little. The attitude is still "what do you expect from such an immoral industry?"

7:11 PM, May 26, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

About 20 years ago I was told by an older LAPD cop that "they don't put celebrities in jail because they make too much money for the city." In truth it's like suing a casino in Vegas for sexual harassment; you'd better have more money then they do. Of course with repeated and blatant offenses those rules have changed a little. The attitude is still "what do you expect from such an immoral industry?"

7:11 PM, May 26, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

About 20 years ago I was told by an older LAPD cop that "they don't put celebrities in jail because they make too much money for the city." In truth it's like suing a casino in Vegas for sexual harassment; you'd better have more money then they do. Of course with repeated and blatant offenses those rules have changed a little. The attitude is still "what do you expect from such an immoral industry?"

7:11 PM, May 26, 2012  

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