Mel Gibson—you remember Mel?—has a new movie coming out. Something action-y. During an interview, Hollywood reporter Sam Rubin mentioned to Gibson that not everyone was going to welcome him back—an allusion to the incident in 2006 when he was pulled over for driving drunk, and proceeded to utter anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting officer (who, it turned out, was Jewish). Now, four years later and with a big film to promote, Gibson wisely responded, in measured, contrite tones, that he remains sorry for that unfortunate outburst, and humbly asks the public to forgive him.
Just kidding! First, he seemed to dispute that he actually said what he is alleged to have said—“remarks that were attributed to me,” he clarified, “that I didn’t necessarily make.” Then, he inquired of Rubin: “I gather you have a dog in this fight. Do you have a dog in this fight? Or are you being impartial?”
So, is “dog in this fight” Gibson-ese for “you’re a Jew, so obviously you can’t be ‘impartial’ when it comes to Jew-hating”? After the interview, Rubin said that while he didn’t understand the euphemism at the time, he now takes it that way, and was offended.
Yeah, he would be offended. They’re so sensitive. Right, Mel?