Now maybe it's just me, but any of us who have ever been inebriated, haven't we all said things we didn't really mean or agree with while under the influence? Did our friends or relatives hold us responsible for the things they heard us say in our state of inebriation?
I'm not saying we give Mel Gibson a free pass on driving while intoxicated. He should be punished the same as any Tom, Dick, or Harry. But it seems that we, as a culture, don't want celebrities treated the same as us-- we want them treated HARSHER than us. We want them judged on a much harsher scale. Why, when we wouldn't expect to be held accountable for the foolish things we say in a state of inebriation, are we as a society holding Mel Gibson accountable for his drunken rantings and ravings?
If the following sins have been forgiven and/or excused, why can't we forgive Mel for his drunken ramblings? He's even taken the time and effort to apologize which is more than can be said for some of the following:
- Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was caught on tape snorting cocaine. After serving his sentence he once again ran for mayor and was actually elected by the people of D.C.
- Director Roman Polanski is a convicted rapist. If he sets foot on U.S. soil he WILL go to prison. Despite this, he not only won an Oscar for directing The Pianist, he was given a standing ovation in absentia for winning the Oscar.
- Woody Allen married his own stepdaughter! Not illegal, but certainly not moral. He did wait until she was legal before doing so. But people still go to his movies. He's essentially been forgiven.
- Jesse Jackson once referred to NY City as "Hymietown" and has been known to use the K-word ("kike" for those unfamilar), but we don't see him getting raked over the coals for his remarks-- and he was sober when he was saying those things! To my knowledge he's never apologized for his remarks either
He was drunk, he's apologized. Forgive and forget already. And why not focus on the real issue-- not the remarks he made, but the fact he was driving when he really shouldn't have been. Is it just me or does Hollywood and the news media kind of have their priorities out of whack on this one?
Current Music: Billy Joel - Captain Jack (live) (this song is fantastic, it's always been my fave of Billy's)