On Thursday, I told you that Mel Gibson was being lampooned — that’s a nice way of putting it — in Adam Sandler’s new, uh, comedy, "You Don’t Mess With the Zohan." Sandler and his writers used Gibson as a punch line for his anti-Semitic remarks two years ago in Malibu.
This isn’t so great for Gibson, who is trying to re-start his dead-in-the-water Hollywood career with a police thriller called "Edge of Darkness."
Sandler and friends may have ended that before it began, since the former "SNL" star’s audience is 12-year-old boys — the next generation of movie-ticket buyers. Sandler leaves no doubt in their minds that Gibson is a bad guy, a hick and a racist, to be mocked. Talk about reverse propaganda!
What both Gibson and Tom Cruise don’t realize is, when the kids start laughing at you, not with you, it’s over.
But Gibson’s obstacles to starting over don’t end there, and I don’t mean his recent friendship with Britney Spears. I do mean the Web site and MySpace page recently started by his controversial 89-year-old father.
Much has been made of Hutton Gibson, a Holocaust denier, among other things. Gibson has invested what is now more than $30 million in a private church in Malibu. Not recognized by the archdiocese, the 70 or so Holy Family parishioners consider themselves Catholics. They just don’t follow the Roman Catholic Church, the pope or what's known as Vatican II.
Gibson never has refuted his father’s shocking and offensive statements about the Holocaust. He told Diane Sawyer: "He's my father. Gotta leave it alone, Diane. Gotta leave it alone."
And what was the result of leaving it alone? Hutton Gibson now has a MySpace page. Welcome to the 21st century. Not only that: He has a Web page, too.
The MySpace page appears to have gone live on May 26. Since then, Gibson has attracted 68 new "friends," including one in Costa Rica, where his son recently bought a $28 million ranch.
The page carries a picture of Gibson reading what looks like an illustrated Bible. Next to that there’s a description of Gibson as "Defending the Faith of Our Fathers." Underneath that: "Hutton Gibson, Age 89, Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania."
Two years ago, Gibson moved from West Virginia to Pleasant Unity to start a church similar to the one in Malibu. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the effort failed even though Mel — through his privately funded World Faith Foundation — bought his father a house there for $315,000.
(Mel Gibson’s World Faith Foundation — run by author James Hirsen, a profound critic of Gibson’s former co-star Danny Glover — also funds religious ministries in Apple Valley, Calif.; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Brussels, Belgium.)
The last log-in for Hutton Gibson’s page is registered as June 5, 2008. There’s an accompanying bio of Gibson under which he writes whom he’d like to meet: "Fellow Catholics and other patriots."
There’s also a 30-second YouTube video in which Gibson is introduced as a "patriot, author, WW II veteran, 'Jeopardy' champion and father of Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson."
Addressing the camera, Hutton Gibson announces that he’s telling his 10 children and 48 grandchildren that "the only way to save the country is to vote for Ron Paul in 2008."
The video went up on YouTube last November, but now it’s apparently found its proper home.
Meanwhile, over at huttongibson.com — which was registered in September 2005 — Gibson senior organizes in one place his entire assault on the modern Catholic Church, rejecting any changes to the church doctrine since the 1500s. He spells out in stunning detail the beliefs of Mel’s Malibu church group. Two sentences pop right out: "Heresy is the Greek word for choice." And "Nothing new is Catholic."
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