Mel Gibson Converts To Judaism To Squash Anti-Semitism Accusations
Actor/director Mel Gibson reportedly converted to Judaism over the Memorial Day weekend. Gibson noted that "now they can't do anything about my past anti-Semitic statements because of in-group privilege. Suck it, haters."
In-group privilege is when you're able to commit a social transgression and get away with it specifically because you belong to an identity group. Examples include black people being able to freely use the n-word in public and Jewish people not receiving any lasting repercussions for making iffy jokes and statements that would be considered insulting to their group. Another example is that some Jewish Twitter users adopted the triple parenthesis coined by the alt-right as coded language to highlight a person as a Jew, claiming they're co-opting this segregating symbol to turn it into something positive, whereas a non-Jew doing the same would be called an anti-Semite for doing so. The term "white privilege" derives from understanding the concept of in-group privilege, though it's worth noting that plenty of white people are also openly self-loathing directly regarding their own racial identity.
Gibson had previously blamed the Jews for being "responsible for all the wars in the world" during a drunken incident in 2006 resulting in his arrest for DUI. The Hollywood star is now saying "you can all laugh at my statement because saying inflammatory things against your own group may get some people pissed off in the short term, but in the long term it gets brushed off. I mean, how can a Jew be an anti-Semite? Come on. I'm one hundred percent Jew."
A trope of anti-Semitism is blaming the whole group for everything. If a non-Jew says it, it's bigoted but if a Jewish person says it, it's just messing around after all and/or a product of internalized anti-Semitism. Another feature of anti-Semitism is blaming all Jews for the actions of the few within the group. Self-hating Jews also get a lot more sympathy than anti-Semites because it's hard not to get irritated at the people you live around, everyone included.
"Try criticizing me for my Rothchild movie now," said Gibson. "Now, I can criticize Jewish people in power without getting accusations against my character."
Gibson is set to star in the film Rothchild, which is about a family of super rich Jewish bankers supposedly unrelated to the real-life mega-rich Rothschild family who have a history of funding war efforts. Actor Shia LaBeouf has set aside his busy schedule of acting like a complete nut-job in real life to play a prominent role in the film.
“I feel the need to spare you any embarrassment as I’m told this film is about a fictional family (hence the name ‘Rothchild’) vs the Rothschild family to which you are referring,” wrote Gibson’s longtime publicist Alan Nierob in an email. “Completely unrelated to your premise and angle. Hopefully this is helpful to you.”
Rothchild will reportedly be a black comedy/satire about a super rich family of Jewish bankers. Gibson is set to play the lead role of Whitelaw Rothchild, while LaBeouf will play the role of Whitelaw's son and outcast of the family Becket Rothchild.
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