Mel Gibson has dumb, racist sh-t to say about Mexicans too


When I told my mom about last week’s Mel Gibson story – the one where he told Oksana that “If you get raped by a pack of n-ggers, it will be your fault” – my mom asked, “Is there anyone he hasn’t alienated at this point?” And I said: “Yes, I don’t think he’s said anything about Mexicans yet. So the Latino community might be on his side.” Not so much, as it turns out. You know that a hateful bigot who says sh-t about African-Americans and Jews, and threatens to rape and set fire to the mother of their child, not to mention actually beating a woman who “deserved it – well, you know, that person would eventually hit the trifecta of bigotry: Jews, African-Americans and now Latinos. Yes, there’s tape of Mel (according to Radar) using the word “wetbacks” like it’s going out of style. Note: it should go out of style.

Mel Gibson has been caught on tape making ANOTHER bigoted remark, this time against Latinos, is reporting exclusively. The Oscar-winning director/actor is heard referring to one of his staffers as a “wetback” during a recorded argument with Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his love child. has heard the tape in which Mel tells Oksana: “I will report her to the f**king people that take f**king money from the wetbacks.”

He is referring to turning a worker into immigration authorities, has been told. ‘Wetbacks’ is a disparaging slang term for those of Latino heritage, especially Mexican illegal immigrants in the United States. The slur stems from the fact that illegal Mexicans would sometimes swim to cross into other countries. broke the story Wednesday that the Lethal Weapon star admitted he beat his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, while she was holding their baby daughter Lucia.

In the recording, a teary Oksana is heard asking Mel, “What kind of a man is that who would hit a woman when she is holding a child in her hands, hitting her twice in the face? What kind of a man is that?”

The Braveheart star responds: “You know what — you f**king deserved it.”

As yet, the actor has not apologized or acknowledged any wrongdoing in these latest hate-fuelled outbursts.

[From Radar]

What’s next, Mel? Got something horrible to say about Italians? Those slurs are just as dated and common. How about something horrible against the Irish? Asians? Ooh, I bet there are tapes of him saying something nasty about Asians, you know there is. My guess is that in Mel’s racial sh-tlist, Asians are probably the number four most hated, after Jews, African-Americans and Mexicans.

Okay, so with the previous tapes, we’ve gotten Jesse Jackson and Gloria Allred to make statements. Who will speak for the beleaguered Latino community with this one? Bill Richardson is my guess.

Oksana Grigorieva and Mel Gibson during the premiere of the new movie from Warner Bros. Pictures EDGE OF DARKNESS, held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, on January 26, 2010, in Los Angeles. Photo: Michael Germana / Star Max


Mel on January 26, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. YT says:

    This face-off between the horse’s arse and the manipulative golddigger is disgusting. Hope it’s over soon (pay her what she is demanding, Mel).

  2. SammyHammy says:

    I can’t believe I actually used to think this moron was hot.

  3. sapphire says:

    Why don’t we simply shoot him and deport her?

  4. canadianchick says:

    Wow… Scum!

  5. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Kaiser, I disagree…I think his top four are Jews, African-Americans, Mexicans and gay folks.

    I’m betting he’s said some choice things about our gay friends.

  6. Snarf says:

    Good to see Mel’s an equal oppertunity bigot and hates everyone.

  7. Ally says:

    He hates everyone who isn’t white, male, Christian, straight.

  8. Riley says:

    I really hate him and am disturbed by him. Please don’t report any more stories about him if you can help it (you are right, I chose to read it when I didn’t have to. I accept responsibility). It kills me that people like him are allowed fame and forturne. He isn’t just an a**hole, he is the bile of the earth and it makes me sad for him that he is so filled with hatred for races of people he does not know. He needs to go to the Austrailian Outback to live in seclusion.

  9. Kaiser says:

    Praise – Very true, I was just thinking of racial groups. Yes, I’m sure he says horrible things about teh gheys.

  10. Shay says:

    He won’t be the first racist in America.
    What I find interesting is his transition from being an ordinary, no racist in the beginning of his career in Australia, to the outright racist alcoholic he has become in America.
    Although there is no genetic coding for ‘race’, Americans still define culture by a pseudo definition of race.

  11. CathyT says:

    The ethnic slur is inexcusable. But lets substitute the word Mexican in his quote: he called immigration officials “f-ing people who take f-ing money from Mexicans.”

    This isn’t a good example of Mel Gibson hating Mexicans and wishing them deported south of the border. Quite the opposite.

    If you are curious about his views on immigration, in the past he said he was opposed to the US-Mexico border fence.

  12. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Well on the up side, he hasn’t left anyone out of his rants now.

  13. Maritza says:

    Australia must be so proud of him.

  14. Izzards Chick says:

    ok this is it right? I mean he can go away now, no one has to look at him ever again yes? Good. Here’s what sucks…he bred 8 f@*king times! Some say his sons are privileged swaggering morons who think they “run” Malibu. How much can we bet they think the same racist crap? Lets send this entire family packing. They dont deserve all this privilege. Everyone is now feeling sorry for his ex wife when the real truth is she probably has the exact same views. They stayed married for ages, what, she had no idea? Get these parasites out of Hollywood.

  15. Schanuzers!!! says:

    Wow, I disagree with Mel on the fence issue. I don’t call people names, but I think we should have mass deportation of illegals….then again, I have lived in border towns and currently in a border state…and it’s not pretty.
    ***Guess that belief makes me a racist***

    However….Mel just needs to go away quietly and live out the rest of his life in seclusion from the rest of us. He has the money to make it happen.

  16. Lenore says:

    Who IS left for him to slur? Has he insulted gays yet? Transgender? Surely some betting shop somewhere is running a sweep on which ethnicity or social group Mel will insult next.

    Sorry, I know it’s horrible of me, but I can’t help finding it funny in a way. It’s like he’s been possessed by the caricature of himself on South Park. This guy really IS freaking daffy as charged.

  17. CathyT says:

    Mel is really coming off like he has coprolalia. I don’t think people should automatically dismiss that he has a tic disorder. In interviews, he is always twitching, playing with his ear or pulling on his arm hair.

  18. mln says:

    @ Cathy T WTF he used a racial slur period . If you want to talk about immigration reform/border control that’s fine but do yourself a favor and don’t defend Mel Gibson it makes you sound like a bigot.

  19. Whatever says:

    Another day, another tape. I wonder how much Oxsana is getting paid for each tape.

  20. Leticia says:

    he hates all non-Catholics too. So glad that this guy is not a Baptist. We don’t need any more nuts making us look bad.

  21. Paula says:

    Release the tape already or ST*U.

  22. Fae says:

    Sorry to sound blunt and/or bitchy, but he’s Australian. Over there this kind of redneckery is so rife (which isn’t to say that all Aussies are racist, not by a long way).

    It doesn’t make it right, but the man’s a total product of his environment and upbringing. It’s sad that he hasn’t chosen to make strides in moving away from the legacy of his vile dad- he’s obviously so unintelligent he doesn’t see what he’s doing to his reputation.

  23. nycmom10024 says:

    He is actually american by birth. Born in upstate NY. His father moved during the 60’s. According to stories, and backed up by comments by the dad- He didn’t like the direction the country was moving with the civil rights movement. His racism is ingrained from childhood I’ll bet. To those who post the same is true abour his sons, I suppose that could be expected.

    Sad really. We vilify those who are publically racist and I think that is the right thing to do. But at least we all know where they are coming from.

  24. Passion Flower. says:

    Didn’t he work with Danny Glover in those “Lethal Weapon movies? I guess as long as he was making money in Hollywood, he could switch off all his inner prejudices about Jews, Blacks, Mexicans, gays etc…

  25. CathyT says:

    @mln: Because I’m defending “a bigot” or defending bigotry? I’m not defending bigotry.

    As soon a racial slurs became involved, people lose perspective. Assuming the tapes are real, we have Mel Gibson uncontrollably ranting, saying the most socially unexceptable words and ideas possible. These include racial and ethnic epithets, which may be the biggest taboo in our society today.

    The reaction from most people is predictably narrow: Gibson is a racist. Looking at the big picture and the totality of what he has said and the way he has acted, the racial slurs appear to be a symptom of uncontrolled rage and some other underlying problems. To blame Gibson’s actions on a supposed hatred on those who do not share his race, religion or sex is terribly simplistic.

  26. Emily says:

    Oh, Mel. You know how us Aussies claim awesome Kiwis as our own? I’d like to pawn you to the Kiwis, but I’m half kiwi as well, and I don’t want you in either of my countries. Just, go somewhere where normal humans don’t live, okay

  27. Maggie Grace says:

    He hates women too, SugarTits.

  28. denise says:

    Now who is still doubting Oxy’s story? Mel is obviously a looney tune, and very capable of physical abuse.

  29. Passion Flower. says:

    Just curious Aussi Mama, have you been to the Outback steakhouse restaurant in the USA?

  30. annaloo says:

    Mel isn’t the only one…seems like a lot of people have dumb, racist sh-t to say about Mexicans these days….

  31. Shay says:

    Um, Maritza, if you had any knowledge about him, you’d know that Mel is American born and migrated to Australia with his father as a kid.
    It’s actually quite remarkable that these racist issues have arisen years into his residence/return to America, where his alcoholism became more ingrained/apparent.
    As for your Aussie Mama, you’re an embarrassment to progressive Australians. 99% of Australians don’t even use the term wetback! What planet do you live on? Wog is the Anglo-Australian’s word of choice. I ought to know, I’ve spent almost 20 years of my life being called one even though I am Australian born, but my parents are migrants.
    Every country with an Anglo background is racist as far as I’m concerned. America, UK, Australia. That’s not to say that other European countries aren’t or Asian countries. All countries have degrees of nationalism that makes them a little racist on some level. Mel won’t be the first or last to be racist.

  32. Lady LaLa says:

    Wow. I’ve always thought that “Wetback”
    meant working hard in the sun…
    Get thee to rehab, stat, Mel.

  33. Penguen says:

    Mel wins! Idiocy trifecta in play!

    I’m actually a little taken aback at some of the comments in here. Aussie Mama, please understand that no matter how you see Mel’s comments (and you’re entitled to your opinion), in America, this thing just isn’t tolerated or acceptable. You have to put things in proper cultural context.

    I also think you’re treading in dangerous territory when you start making broad generalizations about Americans and American culture. Personally, I think taking an anthropology course or two might be a good thing.

  34. jc126 says:

    While it deeply pains me to do so, I have to point out that it’s unlikely Mel insulted the Irish, as he’s of Irish descent. Unfortunately for the rest of us of Irish descent. Blech!
    He’s heinous, but no different than lots of racists: they don’t just hate one other race, they hate multiple races/ethnicities/whatever you want to call it.

  35. Barbie says:

    Every race/group has their fair share of high functioning idiots – they’re everywhere! At the end of the day, it’s not about what status, sex, political group or religion you belong to – it’s how you treat others that matter. I want Mel to get better because he is such a talented man, which is why all this is shocking to me. If he did say and do all those nasty things, I’m glad it has been exposed because now he can get the help he needs (clearly he was feeling the strain of having his marriage fall apart, the booze doesn’t help).

  36. viper says:

    Inother words they hate just for teh sake of hate.

    A bitter old man has nothign left but his hate.

  37. Dawn says:

    This is really crazy. It’s makes me sick that I used to watch his movies when I was kid.

    The cold hard truth is no matter if you’re famous or not. Abuse is wrong. Somepeople want to blame the victim/survivor. The hardest and most dangerous time for a victim is a end of the relastionship, they want to leave and stop the abuse. Most women are killed when she trys to leave.

    I don’t know what’s the real story between these two. If Mel makes money for the powers he’ll be forgiven. That’s Hollywood.

  38. viper says:

    The man is suffering from a mental disease.

  39. Frieda says:

    Hey people, I have a special effects background in the entertainment industry. Don’t forget, she is a SOUND ARTIST.

    Oksana has access to synthesizers and the professional quality editing equipment (no doubt paid for by Icon because of her music “career” – hah!). It is very very simple to splice sound tracks together, say, a baby crying on one track, him yelling on another, her crying on another, phrases from him said at different times out of context or his voice even reproduced in full or for keywords… you get the idea. Today, no manual splicing is even required; it’s all digital! It is a piece of cake (think of the movies we see where it is used).

    There is scarily accurate voice synthesizing (reproducing people almost exactly) software available to even the general public.

    Look at this article from 1999, so imagine what they have now. Not so far out even “back then”! She has nothing to lose by doing this. I’m leaving it for the courts to decide, not Radaronline.

    Video and photo manipulation has already raised profound questions of authenticity for the journalistic world. With audio joining the mix, it is not only journalists but also privacy advocates and the conspiracy-minded who will no doubt ponder the worrisome mischief that lurks in the not too distant future.

    “We already know that seeing isn’t necessarily believing,” says Dan Kuehl, “now I guess hearing isn’t either.

  40. mln says:

    @ Cathy T Mel Gibson is a bigot he was raised by a racist father who moved out of the US because he disliked the civil rights of the 60s (I lived not far from Peekskill NY growing up and have also heard this before). His fathers’ documented slurs against Jews was a point of controversy when Passion of the Christ came out.
    In fact for some people the anti semetic rant of Mel’s was a confirmation of suspisions that he held the same beliefs as his father.
    Maybe Mel is also mentally unstable but I will say it again HE IS A BIGOT he has expressed his dislike for Jews, he has used the n-word and now he has used another slur against Mexicans, he also is apparently an alcoholic, and a batterer. Does he need some sort of help yes but since he is also a very rich man he is in effect untouchable. He will pay off Oksana and his acting career which lets face it hasn’t been going well for some time will continue not to go well. He will more than likely continue to head his own church on his estate in Malibu and be smarter in choosing his next victim.
    From the comments on this board I believe he will be able to fake an apology and have some success behind the cameras directing. I personally find that sad.

  41. ElizabethM says:

    Somewhere Bombshell McStupid’s ears perked up as she heard the mating cry of the not-so-elusive whitus supremisus. Dabbing beer behind one ear and essence of sweaty wife beater behind the other, she runs out into the wild to find her mate.

    Meanwhile, the whitus supremisus bull lumbers aimlessly through the streets of Los Angeles until he picks up the scent of the not-so-elusive skankus nastium.

    Will true love prevail in a wilderness gone mad? Stayed tuned to see our next episode of Bigotry Boulevard: We Leave No Race Unstoned .

  42. Lia says:

    Maybe the biotch will actually get to know a guy before she spreads her legs for them!She knew she just wanted to get a baby out of it so someone can support her for the rest of her life!!
    Hey,not a bad idea,right? Not! Loser!
    He’s an ass and she a baby whore and they both deserve what they get!
    Mels ex wife is probably laughing her ass off! I would be! Haha

  43. Sarah says:

    Of course he did

  44. original kate says:

    oksana looks like a sucker fish attached to the side of an aquarium in that second photo. as for mel…what is there to say about a hate-filled, venomous windbag that hasn’t already been said?

  45. rb says:

    Well, I think mel has mental illness, and I would even say a hatred of women, I think like Cathy T pointed out, his racism is more a symptom of an underlying problem. He just seems to be a hateful bitter angry person looking for someone or anyone to blame. But also to point out, he did make that excellent movie about the Mayans – cant’ remember the name, but it was sort of a celebration of ancient mexicans – that’s how I saw it anyway.

  46. rb says:

    wow after I wrote that I googled the movie – it was called apocalypto – and apparently it was not a good depiction of mayan culture – I take it back!

  47. MoMo says:

    I’m starting to think that this guy wants an angry hate filled mob to bust into his house and drag him away- That he wants to experience one of the torture/slasher scenes from his flicks. I can’t imagine a person saying and doing half the sh*t he has without expecting severe long term repercussions. That South Park episode was right on the cards: He seems completely obsessed with violence. Even this recent interview he did
    All the injury and violence metaphors that he uses in conversation. I heard once that when he was a young adult he was almost beaten to death. Apparently the paramedics thought he was dead. Maybe he never mentally or emotionally recovered. His ex-wife and kids must all have the patience of saints to have been able to stand living with him. Or maybe they just avoided him as much as possible. I’m surprised that news of these sorts of racist tirades and physical assaults never surfaced sooner in his career. Remember when he was dubbed sexiest man alive? All the awards, the Oscars, the hit movies. You really never can tell with people.

  48. Uzi says:


    I tried to bring this up in the last post, but was tarred and feathered and accused of “blaming the victim,” especially when I asserted that Mel is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law!

    At this point Radaronline’s daily anti-Mel post has become nothing more than the personal vendetta of a scorned ex-mistress. Once he’s been accused of being physically abusive why bother to say he used yet another racial slur? Tomorrow we’ll probably read that he abused animals.

    It’s important to remember that we wouldn’t know anything about any of this if Mel had given Oksana the huge amount of money she wanted. I hope Team Mel has gathered enough evidence to charge her with blackmail/extortion.

    And one more thing…Regardless of what anyone thinks of Mel, this is a horrible situation for the Gibson family, who love this man unconditionally despite his faults. He obviously has some serious mental health issues. An article in the new “Globe” says friends fear he’s suicidal (this may be an exaggeration, but let’s face it, he is at an all time low). Why keep kicking a man when he’s down? If I were the Gibsons I’d spend the entire family fortune on attorneys before I’d let Oksana get one red cent of their money!

  49. tachwr says:

    ElizabethM: I read this site and the comments daily and never felt the need to leave a comment myself. But your comment made me register. Best thing i read in a while “…we leave no race unstoned” LOL

  50. OC lady says:

    Wow–he gives Catholics a really good name. I can’t believe this is the same guy who made The Passion? Where did all that piety and devotion go? What a total waste of space. I wish he’d just go away. Unfortunately, he has enough money to make more movies if he wants. And, I bet Hollywood will let him as long as those movies make money. Ugh . . .

  51. Jag says:

    He is so not the man that I had a crush on back in his younger days. Yet another one who’s “dead” to me because their real personalities are disgusting. /sigh

  52. Whatever says:

    If I were the Gibsons I’d spend the entire family fortune on attorneys before I’d let Oksana get one red cent of their money!

    I agree she is extorting. He’s not paying, so another piece of her tape gets released. That crap is illegal. If she wants to prosecute criminally, that is fine. But to try to use it and her child to fleece him of his money is sickening. Calling her a whore is an insult to whores.

    That is not a defense of Mel. He needs serious help, but her continuing to release this stuff is insane. Does she not understand English? The court should supply an interpreter to explain what being ordered to stay quiet means. This really is a matter for the police or courts, not radar.

  53. lizzy says:

    @Schanuzers!!! …. it only makes you a racist if when you talk about deporting illegals you only picture and keep in mind Mexicans (latinos), because there are also Asian, European, African etc. people that are illegal.

  54. jenl1125 says:

    To Shay: You are not very well informed if you believe that this man was open-minded in Australia and became an asshole because he moved to America. His father is a famous man who is notorious for being a Holocaust denier. He has written books about it. Mel has this in his genes as well as his upbringing. It would seem that you have probably not lived in very many places, either, for much of the world is “racist”. People simply have a natural aversion to each other. We smell different, look different, raise our young differently, have different values/traditions/cultural expectations. Spinner dolphins and bottle nosed dolphins don’t hang out together, neither do blue whales and humpback whales,etc. No where else in nature are different varieties of species forced to not only live together, but embrace each other. Please don’t bother to mention that we are human – we are also mammals with instincts and characteristics bestowed upon us by nature. In addition, to claim that we are not part of the animal kingdom disrespects all of the world’s creatures, many of which are extremely intelligent with great emotional depth. Maybe if humans were allowed to accept the fact that we have many differences, we would find it more manageable to respect each other and allow each other to live with dignity.

  55. OC lady says:

    @ElizabethM. LOL. Too funny!

  56. Seer says:

    “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble” (1 John 2:9-10).

    There it is “in the flesh”, so to speak. I’m sure Mel has read this. So what gives?

  57. jenl1125 says:

    P.S. In NO WAY am I condoning Mel Gibson’s thoughts, words or actions by what I have written. He is an angry person seething with violence and hatred, and that is not at all where I am coming from.

  58. Simone says:

    The more I learn about this women the more I agree she deserved it. She probably provoked the argument then used the kid as a human shield.

  59. abbydoom says:

    Please do shut up. People do not have a “natural aversion” to each other. When we take my nephew to daycare he certainly does not discriminate against other races. He plays with all the children… well except girls (he still thinks they’re “yucky”). He has never pointed out anyone’s “differences” and he has never described anyone by the color of their skin, only by what they wear, or the color of their hair, etc. Also, WTF @ your comment about “being forced to live together” with people who are different than you. WTF is wrong with you? If you only want to live with people who look like you move to an island with your family and don’t come back to civilized society, you xenophobic freak.

  60. Camille says:

    Emily: Oh no, you can keep him, us Kiwis definitely DO NOT WANT. You took Russell Crowe- you can keep him and Mel too 😆 .

  61. Ann says:

    Uzi: thank you for your posts.

    This whole mess is only because of money and it is important to remember how it began: “He hasn’t paid ME a dime.” Everything else followed.

  62. CathyT says:

    I don’t like to defend Hutton Gibson, but Hutton is not to blame for Mel’s poor choices here (beyond his failure to prevent teenage Mel’s heavy drinking). If Mel had followed his father’s example, he never would have acquired a gold digging mistress in the first place.

    @mln: Hutton Gibson has made many enemies for many reasons, but a dislike of civil rights is not one of them. He moved his family to Australia because he was afraid his oldest son would not receive a medical exemption to the Vietnam draft by the US Army. Hutton opposed the Vietnam War and thought his son would be killed because of his poor vision. After the move, the oldest Gibson boy was called up by the Australian military, and the Aussies gave him a medical exemption.

    @jenl1125..Hutton he has not WRITTEN books or articles about Holocaust denial. His books and newsletter are boring diatribes against the Catholic Church. The only reason he is famous is because of his son.

  63. jenl1125 says:

    @abby: “forced” was an unfortunate word choice, and not really relevant to the point I was trying to make. The other thing that I found unfortunate was your telling me to shut up. It would be much more positive to have an intelligent, interesting exchange of ideas. I do hear what you’re saying about your nephew, but that is one of the beautiful things about being so young. Young children are naive and innocent. As we age and we see more of the real world, we see how different we really are. And what is so wrong with that? Why does it bother you that groups of people have differences? I think we should embrace and honor our differences, and respect them in each other. You are one of the people that perpetuates the problems evident in multi-racial societies by insisting that we are all the same. We’re not. Never once did I say that I felt any one group was superior to any other. I said that we are different, and that should be ok. Why isn’t it ok with you? And, by the way, people do like what is similar and familiar, and do have a natural aversion to the unfamiliar, just like most, if not all, of nature’s creatures. Psychology 101 will teach you that.

  64. jenl1125 says:

    @CathyT: I stand corrected. I thought he had written books, but I see now that his denial of the Holocaust has largely been in interviews, etc.

  65. Debbie says:

    Uzi and Aussie mama Totally agree with your posts 110%



  66. Statler says:


    ‘And, by the way, people do like what is similar and familiar, and do have a natural aversion to the unfamiliar, just like most, if not all, of nature’s creatures.’

    I have to point out a fallacy in the basic premise of your argument. Yes, *some* people prefer the familiar, just as most animal species do. Others (true, a significant minority historically, but that strays into a whole different topic) seem almost preprogrammed to seek out adventure, whether by exploration or invention. If the human race consisted only of the former, our civilization- such as it is- woulnd’t exist. Hadn’t you considered this?

  67. Seer says:

    As a Psychologist who has lived abroad for many years (and still do), one of the things that I most enjoy learning about people is how we are born accepting one another naturally. It’s only later that we are raised to prefer and trust certain people and/or cultures more than others. It depends on our personal experiences.

  68. linda k says:

    gads this is getting stranger by the minute…..i also think that this may be something that his family needs to keep a close eye out for, in regards to a suicidal attempt….talk about his whole world falling apart…all of his dark sides coming out at once..on a tv interview by the insider, they showed mel pulling on his arm hairs when talking about oks and the baby,,,,it was so evident and increased as the interview continued, that the interviewer commented on it to him….he laughed it off, but i found it disturbing of something else going on with him mentally…gads won’t someone get this man some help….somewhere….before he does anymore harm to himself and others

  69. jenl1125 says:

    @Seer: I agree completely that everything really depends on one’s personal experiences. At the risk of being burned at the stake(and getting too far off the topic), I do want to state that I believe that stereotypes exist for a reason, and every single group/gender/nationality, etc falls victim to generalizations. We’ve all judged others at one time or another based on those generalizations. I don’t believe anyone who says that they never have. Likewise, every single one of us has been judged in the same manner. While there may be some grain of truth to generalizations, in the end, that’s exactly what they are – generalizations, and they don’t apply to all of us all of the time. Besides, not all generalizations are negative. I choose to live my life by taking every person that I meet on an individual basis and I try to look for the good in people. I work at a hospital in a very large city and I’ve had patients from all walks of life. I have received commendations for my patient care. To me, it’s the most important part of my job. I care very much about people. There’s a lot of bad out there if that’s all you want to see, but there’s also an amazing amount of good and wonderful, too. As far as groups go, however, I think we are largely wary of each other.
    @Statler: You make a really good point, but I think that many of the adventurers were also conquerers who killed and enslaved unfamiliar groups. That certainly can’t be said for all of the adventurers, though, and you gave me something to think about.
    I enjoyed reading what both of you had to say.

  70. jc126 says:

    I agree that plenty of those conquerors were total bigots. I cringe to bring this up, but recall those lines about “Indian savages” in the Declaration of Independence. (Not to mention slavery, of course!) And a lot of them, probably most, were motivated by the thought of financial gain, not curiosity about the native people they might meet.

  71. Carol says:

    Maritza… the problem is Mel is not really an Australian. He was born here in the US and his family moved to Australia when he was around 12 years old.
    You’re gonna love the reason: his dad was a railroad man or something like that and actually stated in an interview once that he got tired of watching all the railroad jobs going to “n***ers”, so he moved his family to Australia. Which is a country they should feel right at home in, since Australia was still allowing ranchers to shoot Aboriginals at that time, and Australia didn’t allow Aboriginals to even vote until the end of 1990’s.
    So, yes, I’m pretty sure Australia is very very proud of their adopted son. He and his slime bag father represent Australia’s views towards non-Catholics and non-whites perfectly.

  72. TT says:

    I totally agree with Kathy T. I don’t believe he is a racist. We as humans say dumb stuff we really don’t mean in anger ALL the time. Have you ever wished someone dead? Doesn’t make you a murderer does it? He’s not expressing disdain towards these groups of ppl. He’s using improper labels for these groups of people. He is however an abusive man which in my opinion is worse than a racist. Btw, not that it matters but I am a black extremely unracist female so please no hate comments : )