Mel Gibson has really hit the skids lately. It all started in 2006 when he got that DUI and talked about Jews to the cops who arrested him. Fast forward to 2010 where Mel has lost his mind over phone conversations with Oksana Grigorieva. Four tapes have leaked to the public and God knows how many more are to come.
When Morris Endeavor Entertainment dropped a star like Mel Gibson it sent a message to other major talent agencies that Gibson’s image is no longer marketable. I don’t think fans will start throwing out there Braveheart and Lethal Weapon collections, but they will think twice before watching or participating in a Mel Gibson project in the future.
Lets take Dog the Bounty Hunter as an example. Dog was recorded by his son while he was talking about the repercussions of dating a black woman would have on the family and his career. During the recording, Dog the Bounty Hunter makes it clear that he had nothing against black people as a race, but he and his family used the “N” word. Never the less, when the tape went public A&E snatched Dog the Bounty Hunter off the air and Dog’s books were pulled from bookstores. Dog and his family were taboo for almost a year. However, with a lot of hard work Dog was able to get the public to forgive him.
This might not be the case with Mel. For instance, Dog didn’t go on a rampage against every nationality in existence. Also, Dog did not show signs of mental imbalance during the taped conversation. The Mel Gibson tapes displays massive mental defect. One twitter poster stated that Mel has insulted everyone, but handicap people. Who knows, more tapes might catch Gibson talking about them, too. No one knows if something set Mel off or if this is the real him, but one thing is for sure, his reputation has taken a real blow.
Mel is in a custody battle for his daughter. The leak of these tapes has law enforcement considering charges. Blacks and Latinos are disgusted with his comments. Women’s rights groups sympathize with Oksana. Will Mel’s reputation rebound from these events so he can win the custody case and have a solid career again? Not unless he starts hustling with damage control. Problem is that he has no representation to advise him. If one talent agency dropped him over this, why would another one pick him up? Why would Paramount or MGM take a chance on him, especially during a recession? There is no reason why they would because there are other big name and upcoming stars in Hollywood that has not tainted their reputation with racial and violent outburst.
Mel’s actions show the world a sick and twisted man. Is he on drugs? Is he an alcoholic? No one knows at this time. What is clear at this time is that his reputation and career are on life support and there are no signs of a recovery any time soon. Don’t believe it? Look at Jesse James. Everyone still thinks Jesse James is a scumbag and all he did was cheat. Mel Gibson has threatened to harm Oksana Grigorieva who is the mother of his child and insulted minority groups without remorse. When there are signs of remorse people are more willing to give you a second chance, yet Mel has not displayed that. Unless a miracle happens, Mel’s reputation and career has gone “down under” and won’t rise again for a very very long time.
“Out of Control Mel Gibson Says He’ll Burn Down House After Demanding Sex,” RadarOnline.com
Kim Masters, “WME Drops Mel Gibson,” RiskyBusiness.com