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Ari Emanuel vs. Mel Gibson

by Anne Thompson
July 9, 2010 12:30 PM
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Mel Gibson is not having a good month. His ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, fighting him in court, taped him saying nasty racist things and went public with them. He's being investigated for domestic abuse. His beloved agent of 32 years, Ed Limato, passed away last weekend after a long illness. And with him no longer providing protection, his agency WME summarily dumped him.

WME chief Ari Emanuel wasn't happy back in 2006, when the drunk Gibson threw offensive invective around on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Wrap digs up what Emanuel wrote for The Huffington Post:

"Alcoholism does not excuse racism and anti-Semitism. [People in the entertainment community] need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him ...There are times in history when standing up against bigotry and racism is more important than money."

"The shock value is zip," says one producer. "Ari was obligated to do it given that he'd gone on the record about it. Things will die down. Everything always does." The agency reportedly stopped repping Gibson the day before Limato died.

Thompson on Hollywood

But don't worry about Gibson. He doesn't need anybody to back his movies or give him parts. THR reports that Gibson never planned to get another agent anyway.

His old friend Jodie Foster has staunchly defended him; she gave him a role in her new movie The Beaver, set to be released by Summit, which will likely push back the release date. (Foster has had bad luck with her directing gigs. Russell Crowe was supposed to star in Flora Plum but broke his shoulder, and she's never been able to get it made.)

So what's going to happen to Gibson?

Folks know where to find him, although the major studios are unlikely to offer him acting roles in the near term. Currently, Gibson's filming How I Spent My Summer Vacation for his own Icon Productions. Point is, the guy can afford to pay for anything he wants to make out of his own pocket. Clearly, he's a bad drunk with a lot of nasty crap in his head. Most people get to rant with their partners in private. Gibson didn't.


10 Comments

  • Awakened | April 19, 2014 5:03 PMReply

    I know this is an old article, but, what people seem to not know is that lost actors are being used as puppets. They are tightly linked to the indistrial military complex and many of them don't even realize what they are doing. That's what happens when you're under mind control and suffer from dissociative identity disorder, who's is due to the extreme abuse these actors must endure in order to be in the industry. This is a way for them to phase our the pain, torture, and abuse. They deal with this by creating another internal character. People think these actors are just crackpots when they have their mental breakdowns and drug binges and alcohol fueled rages but that's not what it is. These people start rejecting their programming, hence, their many stays in "rehab" which is code for reprogramming. I'm sure Ari Emanuel is very familiar with the mind control, he's an insider in the industry. For those that think these agents are such great people, think again. They are just as sick as the ones doing the abuse/programming. In order to be in this industry, people really do have to "sell their souls". Where do you think the name "hollywood" came from? The place was a haven for witches and other satanists, and wood from the holly tree was considered the best wood to use for witches wands. This is a whole other world that the majority of you people have no idea about. You're looking at this superficially as people that get loads of money and are selfish and get to do what they want. This is not the case. These actors are basically slaves and their agents and handlers are the slave traders. Look at Marilyn Monroe, considered the first presidential model. That means she was the first presidential sex slave. These women are used to serve these men in high powered positions and do whatever they are told to so. Move drugs, sleep with them and anyone else they want them to in high powered positions. The entire industry is disgusting and not what you all see it to be like. That's what they want you to see it as, they don't want anyone to know what really goes on there. Open your eyes.

  • Jonathan Ovadia | September 10, 2011 9:48 AMReply

    Perhaps because Israel is a democratic state which has democratic elections where any citizen regardless their; age (over 18), race, religion, gender, beliefs, political views and country of origin. Go do your research before you make an ignorant comment like that

  • CanadianObserver | July 12, 2010 2:40 AMReply

    If Ari Emanuel opposes racism so much how come he and virtually everyone else in theUSA supports the Apartheid state of Israel?

  • DavidC | July 11, 2010 7:18 AMReply

    Such an easy target for high-horse outrage. None of us, of course, have an dark corners in our souls. God, no.

  • Ed | July 11, 2010 3:03 AMReply

    Wow, Anne. Extremely disappointed. But somehow I'm not surprised.

  • ginger Liu | July 11, 2010 1:29 AMReply

    This isn't fair on Gibson. How many of us say really bad things to our loved ones and especially to our exes? Yeh, that's right. EVERYONE. Lucky for us we don't have a money grubbing ex stirring the pot for $$$$. It isn't the first time I've heard people speak like this in Hollywoodland. All those "saints" who say that no one talks like this or no one is racist or sexist are telling really big porkies. What goes on behind closed doors. I wouldn't tolerate any guy speaking to me like that but no one cares about me, I'm not famous.

  • alan | July 10, 2010 12:17 PMReply

    wow. weird responses. makes you wonder

  • Agree with Dan | July 10, 2010 10:24 AMReply

    Anne Thompson - betrayer of her own gender and a clueless human being. Like Martin Luther King said, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” and “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

  • Faye | July 10, 2010 8:28 AMReply

    Like Mel, Anne shows her true colors. Like Mel, Anne hates women and will make excuses for an abusers behavior. Mel lost me as a fan after his first public misogynistic anti-semitic rant. Anne, you just lost a long time reader.

  • dan | July 10, 2010 8:05 AMReply

    wow, nice going making excuses for the guy; numerous incidents of racism, homophobia, and also proof of domestic violence, but you give him a pass because he's a drunk with bad thoughts in his lil' head whose beaten girlfriend has the audicity to record his vileness for her own protection. BS, dude deserves everything coming to him, and if every woman treated like that by a man could record the insults and abuse maybe there'd be less domestic violence in the world.

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