Top Agent Calls For Hollywood To Boycott Gibson Projects
Heavyweight movie agent ARI EMANUEL has joined the campaign urging Hollywood's top producers to boycott projects involving MEL GIBSON after the alleged anti-Semitic remarks he made during a Friday night (28JUL06) arrest for drink driving. According to reports, Gibson told his arresting officer, "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He then asked the deputy, "Are you a Jew?" Gibson issued an apology on Saturday (29JUL06) and a retraction of his remarks, which were reportedly captured on tape, but his comments were too much for officials at the US Jewish Anti-Defamation League, who called for Gibson should be ostracised by his peers. And now super-agent Emanuel is weighing in on the controversy, calling on his peers to turn loose-lipped Gibson into a Hollywood outcast. In a statement released yesterday (31JUL06), Emanuel fumed, "People in the entertainment community, whether Jew of gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson, and refuse to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line. "It is one thing when marginal figures with no credibility make anti-Semitic statements, it is a completely different thing when a figure of Mel Gibson's stature does so." The shamed star's planned TV series based on the Holocaust is also facing the axe as a result of his allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.