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Gibson Talks Maccabee On Goldblog

Anti-Semitic movie star also reveals painful childhood secret

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So the gloves are off among Jewish communal leaders at the prospect of Mel Gibson’s producing, directing, and perhaps even starring in a movie about Judah Maccabee. “Judah Maccabee deserves better,” Abraham Foxman said. Did Foxman not see that Joe Eszterhas is on board?

We here at Tablet Magazine have long known that contributing editor Jeff Goldberg has been planning a book on Judah Maccabee—he’s been writing it for our sister organization, Nextbook Press. But I cannot honestly say I was aware that Goldberg had sat down with Mel Gibson to discuss his childhood hero, the great Jewish warrior.

I don’t want to spoil the interview excerpt for you. Suffice to say it mainly revolves around circumcision, and includes the BREAKING NEWS that Gibson himself has been cut.

Meanwhile, I think my favorite of what are surely many Freudian slips comes when Gibson ponders the prospect of depicting for the silver screen the process of un-circumcision, in which you wear weights down there to make the skin do something that sounds really, really painful. “You have to mention it,” Gibson notes, “but you wouldn’t want to make it a thing in the movie. ‘Hold them down!’ Jesus.”

Hold them down, Jesus! (Um, don’t actually watch this.)

Mel Gibson on Judah Maccabee, Christopher Hitchens, and Circumcision [Goldblog]
Jewish Leaders Slam Mel Gibson, Warner Bros. for Judah Maccabee Movie (Exclusive)
Judah Maccabee [Nextbook Press]

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Steve Siporin says:

There is a deeply sinister side to this: the taking over of the Maccabees for Gibson’s particular Catholic persuasion and purposes. The Maccabees are honored by the Roman Catholic Church as the first prototypes of Christian martyrs. The Chanukkah story is preserved in the Catholic version of the Bible, not the Hebrew Bible (the Apocrypha). The supposed tombs of “the seven Maccabean martyrs” are in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (in Rome)—the church that more famously houses Michaelangelo’s Moses (with the horns, no less). Gibson is part of a tradition of co-opting Jewish tradition for other purposes—his being anti-Jewish.

Steve Siporin

FreeMind says:

In Gibson’s version, he will probably make Judah a Palestinian Arab and Antiochus and his men as Israeli soldiers. And the leftists will love it

In Gibson’s version Judah Maccabee will have a mullet and be homoerotically beaten.

Then he’ll punch his wife in the face and tell her she should be raped by a pack of Seleucids, and then he will blame wine.

Mel Gibson is THE WORST.

Hadassah says:

Alex Joffe write in Jewish Ideas Daily that if we ignore the theological issues of the movie it will probably an enjoyable film. See http://www.jidaily.com/melandthemaccabee. No one expects anything more than entertainment from Hollywood in general and Gibson in particular, so is this movie really worth getting worked up about?

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