As if his unrequited, unsolicited support for Tiger Woods weren't strange enough, Mel Gibson tried (in vain) to defend his 2006 meltdown again this week.
Mel's blatant anti-semitic rampage at the Malibu police station after his arrest for drunk driving became one of the top celebrity scandals of the decade.
But, while promoting his new movie, Edge of Darkness, Gibson said that people should just let it go. Which they might if he didn't keep downplaying it.
"It’s said that I went into a rant, but I think it went on for about five words," he said. "I was drunk. It just turned into a big thing. I apologized - not once, three times. So what’s the problem? It’s four years ago. Do I need to apologize again?”
For the record, it was most definitely a rant.
Mel Gibson and his unwed baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva, attend his latest movie premiere. His comments continue to baffle. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]
"F--king Jews... The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world" is more than five words. The many times he called police officers "motherf*%ker" and "sugar t!ts" while proclaiming "I own Malibu" and trying to break $h!t also add up.
This isn't to say Mel doesn't deserve forgiveness. Sure he does. But we don't get the feeling he thinks he was wrong in the first place, which might help.
Similar to the "he's human" defense of Tiger, who slept with scads of women he wasn't married to, the "I was drunk" defense doesn't cut it here, Mel.
Amazingly, he should consider taking a page from the Michael Vick school of PR and profusely apologize, sincerely, until people simply get tired of it.