Stranger Things star Winona Ryder alleges ‘Braveheart’ fame Mel Gibson for his not so brave antisemitic and homophobic remarks.
These accusations, however, were made earlier but resurfaced in a recent interview. In a UK interview with the Sunday Times on Tuesday, Winona Ryder recollected these incidents with a sense of disquietude. Ryder alleged Mel Gibson of specific unacceptable comments at a party.
In 2010, she described this incident to GQ as “I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk. I was with my friend, who’s gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about ‘oven dodgers,’ but I didn’t get it. I’d never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, ‘He’s anti-Semitic and, he’s homophobic.’ No one believed me!”
Gibson’s Homophobic comments
In the same 2010 GQ interview, Ryder has exposed Gibson for his homophobic comments on her friend Kevyn Aucoin. Considering her friend is openly gay, these comments will be highly disturbing on a human mind.
“Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and, he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?'” Ryder said
Ryder also told that Gibson “tried” to apologize at a certain instance of time.
Though Winona revealed these incidents several years back, her readdressing it has brought appalling reactions from Gibson.
Response from Gibson
A spokesperson for Gibson told the Variety on Tuesday that Ryder has lied and there was no truth in the incidents she described. He also said that Gibson never attempted to apologize to these unhappened party incidents as claimed by Winona Ryder.
“This is 100% untrue,” a representative for Gibson said in a statement to the Variety. “She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she’s lying about it now.”
Responding to the spokesperson’s words, Ryder spoke to the Variety later that day. She said that, though Gibson has found a new way to deal with the things on his way, he will never be eligible for her forgiveness on the remarks and incidents that happened.
“I believe in redemption and forgiveness and hope that Mr. Gibson has found a healthy way to deal with his demons, but I am not one of them,” she said in a statement to Variety. “Around 1996, my friend Kevyn Aucoin and I were on the receiving end of his hateful words. It is a painful and vivid memory for me. Only by accepting responsibility for our behavior in this life, can we make amends and truly respect each other, and I wish him well on this lifelong journey.”
Other such incidents
This is not the first time Gibson has made such remarks. Earlier, he was a center of controversy. This was because of his anti-Semitic comments with the authorities while being arrested for a DUI in 2006. He told the arresting officer that “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!”. He even made racist comments to his own girlfriend.
Addressing this issue with the authorities Gibson told the variety, “It was an unfortunate incident,” he said. “I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”