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Will Hate-Filled Rant Finally Be The End Of Mel Gibson?

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Posted on July 14 2010 8:00 am
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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The Hollywood Reporter predicts the long-term resilience of Mel Gibson’s career in the wake of an obscenity-laced diatribe which has the actor mired in public outrage. Other stars have survived such lows, and lived to fight another day.

Tiger Woods is back on the tour. Charlie Sheen got a raise. Eliot Spitzer is getting a show on CNN. The list goes on, and what’s more, the duration from disgrace to saving face seems to be shrinking.

In a recorded phone call Gibson railed against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his eight-month-old child, for dressing provocatively in public. The audio, available here, is too vulgar and vitriolic to conscientiously transcribe. Suffice it to say Gibson suggests Grigorieva’s presentation invites rape from black men.

The scandalous recording arrives on the heels of accusations of domestic violence. The incident also evokes memory of Gibson’s 2006 anti-Semitic tirade during a drunk driving arrest.

Meanwhile, Lindsay Lohan faces a potentially career-busting scandal, sentenced to 90-days jail time for violating probation. As with Gibson, The Hollywood Reporter anticipates an eventual comeback.

This is the film business, after all. It’s easy to forget that a decade ago… Robert Downey Jr. was sitting in jail on drug charges, and as late as 2003 he was in a substance abuse treatment facility… now he’s Iron Man.

Indeed, there is plenty of precedent to suggest these fallen stars may rise again. In the long run, the value of a product usually transcends any moral qualm regarding its origin. Consider Cuban cigars, Wal-Mart, and all things made in China.

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