To the surprise of absolutely no one, Mel Gibson is an anti-Semite. But to the possible surprise of like five people, it turns out that the guy is also a Holocaust denier and believer in blood libel. Screenwriter Joe Ezterhas, who is responsible for the brilliance that is Showgirls, wrote an open letter to Gibson about their experience working together on the now-blessedly-not-happening movie The Maccabees. Here goes:
I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason you won’t make ‘The Maccabees’ is the ugliest possible one. You hate Jews. You continually called Jews ‘Hebes’ and ‘oven-dodgers’ and ‘Jewboys.’ It seemed that most times when we discussed someone, you asked ‘He’s a Hebe, isn’t he?’ You said most ‘gatekeepers’ of American companies were ‘Hebes’ who ‘controlled their bosses.’ You said the Holocaust was ‘mostly a lot of horseshit.’ You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, … you insisted ‘it’s in the Torah — it’s in there!’ (It isn’t).
Thank goodness this movie isn’t actually happening, but I can’t believe anyone alive is surprised to hear that Mel Gibson is a big old Jew-hater. What does surprise me is the fact that anyone agrees to work with this guy or finance any of his films. Oh, and the fact that people think it’s spelled “Hebe” and not “Heeb.”