Mel Gibson arrested for drunk driving

Here’s the L.A. Times report on Mel Gibson’s arrest. I’m hearing that there are some ugly details to this story that are currently unconfirmed… We’ll wait and see, and hope they aren’t true.

UPDATED: Here’s a more detailed version of the story at CNN, which confirms that those “ugly details” were in fact true, and that Gibson has apologized for the anti-Semitic comments he made. His statement of apology is accessible through the CNN link.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Stephen

    That is excellent! I saw BABEL this weekend and was somewhat disappointed but wasn’t sure exactly why. He articulates the nascent thoughts that have been bouncing around in my brain since I saw it. I’m still a big fan of Inarritu though.

  • Jared Wilson

    Man, I watched about 10 minutes of the report on the news last night and I’m sick of the “SPIN” on this already.
    “Is Mel Gibson’s Career Over”?
    In the entire report I never heard anything about drunk driving, Sexism, his apology – nothing.
    All they could talk about was Anti-Semitism and how Hollywood wanted to throw him out.
    Please! Could we round up all the media and make them sit down and watch “Good Night and Good Luck”? Let’s see some journalism for once that tells the whole story – and not taking some piece of said story and turning it in to something totally off the mark.

  • RC

    that’s unfortunate, talk about bad press.

    –RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. We do not know what is going on in Mel’s heart. He is a brother in Christ just like any other believer. We shouldn’t hold him to any more or any less of a standard just because he is famous. He messed up. If he is trully sorry and has repented that is awesome. If not, that is between him and God.

  • CTDelude

    Yesterday while seeing the news on this I was struck at how similar Gibson is to Biblical characters. He’s, in a way, a modern day David or something. Blessed by God, but still manages to get himself into problems and such. Hopefully things end in a better David way.

  • -B

    I dunno Kris…from his statement: “I acted like a person completely out of control when I was arrested, and said things that I do not believe to be true and which are despicable. I am deeply ashamed of everything I said, and I apologize to anyone who I have offended.”

    I don’t think it’s a question in anyone’s mind that “despicable” refers to the anti-semitic and sexist statements.

    Maybe he should “name” his sins?

  • Kris Rasmussen

    He has NOT owned up to anti-semitic remarks…just “belligerent behavior”.

  • Adam

    Yikes.

  • -B

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