AceShowbiz - Joshua Malina has unloaded his feelings about Mel Gibson and his current existence in Hollywood despite his many controversies. In an op-ed for The Atlantic titled "Cancel Mel Gibson", the "Scandal" alum ripped "The Passion of the Christ" helmer and criticized his hiring for "Lethal Weapon 5".
"Gibson is a well-known Jew-hater (anti-Semite is too mild). His prejudices are well documented," Malina wrote. "So my question is, what does a guy have to do these days to get put on Hollywood's no-fly list? I'm a character actor. I tend to take the jobs that come my way. But-and this hurts to write-you couldn't pay me enough to work with Mel Gibson."
While he admitted that Gibson is "a talented man," Malina noted that "many horrible people produce wonderful art." He added, "If Gibson is welcomed back to direct the latest installment of this beloved franchise, it may be time to stop publishing think pieces about the power of 'cancel culture.' Because if he can continue to find big bucks and approbation in Hollywood, cancel culture simply does not exist."
"The West Wing" alum then mentioned some allegations that "The Beaver" star faced in the past. "He has said sexist things and yelled racist slurs, and that should have been enough for liberal Hollywood to cut him off," so he claimed. "But his reported anti-Semitism has been more consistent, more open, and more egregious."
"This might feel like a smaller matter if it didn't come at a moment when members of my tribe feel the walls closing in again. Jews were the victims in more than 50 percent of religious-based hate crimes last year," Malina went on pointing out. "In recent years, we've witnessed the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh, the murder at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California, Jewish students harassed on college campuses, European anti-Semitism on the rise-these are the headlines that make us feel unsafe. Is this really the time to glorify a man like Mel Gibson?"
The character actor, who was born into a Jewish family, accused the industry of sweeping Gibson's problematic past under the rug in favor of his box office appeal. "How did this guy become such a hot ticket again? Is it just that memories of his hate speech have faded, while Hollywood's recollection of his box-office pull remains?" he questioned.
"It is inarguably true that the main targets of Gibson's prejudice are the Jews, but what boggles my mind is that Hollywood is also overlooking his profound misogyny and forays into anti-Black racism," Malina added.
The 55-year-old said that he's prepared for the outcome of his criticism of the Oscar-winning filmmaker, even though it means the end of his career. "I write this knowing that it's more likely to lead to a boycott by Warner Bros. of Joshua Malina than of Mel Gibson. But if that's the result, so be it. I've had a nice career, baruch Hashem," he stated.
Even so, he made a plea to "higher-profile executives, producers, and actors" to "take a stand." He said, "Then I could believe in this cancel culture I keep reading so much about. And I could also believe that Jews do, in fact, count."
Malina wrote the op-ed after Gibson let it slip that he would direct "Lethal Weapon 5", taking over the duty from late Richard Donner, who directed and produced all four previous "Lethal Weapon" films.
"He was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, 'Listen kid, if I kick the bucket, you will do it.' And I said: 'Shut up,' " Gibson told The Sun in November. "He did indeed pass away, but he did ask me to do it, and, at the time, I didn't say anything. He said it to his wife and to the studio and the producer. So, I will be directing the fifth one."