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'Scandal' Actor Joshua Malina Calls for Mel Gibson to Be Cancelled Over Alleged Past Anti-Semitic Comments

'Scandal' Actor Joshua Malina Calls for Mel Gibson to Be Cancelled Over Alleged Past Anti-Semitic Comments

Joshua Malina has written an impassioned op-ed to cancel Mel Gibson.

On Tuesday (December 2), the 55-year-old actor – best known for his roles in Scandal, The Big Bang Theory, and The West Wing – wrote an op-ed calling out Hollywood for continuing to hire the 65-year-old actor over his past alleged anti-Semitic comments.

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“Gibson is a well-known Jew-hater (anti-Semite is too mild). His prejudices are well documented. So my question is, what does a guy have to do these days to get put on Hollywood’s no-fly list? I’m a character actor. I tend to take the jobs that come my way. But—and this hurts to write—you couldn’t pay me enough to work with Mel Gibson,” Josh wrote in an op-ed titled “Cancel Mel Gibson” published by The Atlantic.

“Now, I love the ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies (at least the first few). And Danny Glover’s a gem. But Gibson? Yes, he’s a talented man. Many horrible people produce wonderful art,” Josh continued. “Put me down as an ardent fan of Roald Dahl, Pablo Picasso, and Edith Wharton; can’t get enough of what they’re selling. But these three had the good taste to die. That makes it a lot easier to enjoy their output. Gibson lives. And Tinseltown need not employ him further.”

He continued, “If Gibson is welcomed back to direct the latest installment of this beloved franchise, it may be time to stop publishing think pieces about the power of ‘cancel culture.’ Because if he can continue to find big bucks and approbation in Hollywood, cancel culture simply does not exist.”

Josh‘s comments come after Winona Ryder recently accused Mel of making anti-Semitic and homophobic statements while at a party together and then he responded by saying that she was lying. See what she said next in response to him.

With all of these accusations, Josh questioned why Hollywood is still hiring Mel. If you missed it, he was recently hired to direct the upcoming Lethal Weapon 5.

“It is inarguably true that the main targets of Gibson’s prejudice are the Jews, but what boggles my mind is that Hollywood is also overlooking his profound misogyny and forays into anti-Black racism,” Josh wrote. “I wish anti-Jewish hatred alone were enough to get him cast into the wilderness, but, hey, if it has to be because of his other prejudices, I’m okay with that. Let him take the hundreds of millions he’s already earned in Hollywood and retire somewhere nice to contemplate his life choices. I hear the Judean Hills are lovely this time of year.”

“I write this knowing that it’s more likely to lead to a boycott by Warner Bros. of Joshua Malina than of Mel Gibson,” Josh concluded. “But if that’s the result, so be it. I’ve had a nice career, baruch Hashem. It would be great if higher-profile executives, producers, and actors would also take a stand. Then I could believe in this cancel culture I keep reading so much about. And I could also believe that Jews do, in fact, count.”

You can read Joshua Malina‘s entire op-ed here.

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