Dearest Mel Gibson: Shut the F**k Up!

Dearest Mel Gibson:

A few years ago, I had to come down pretty hard on your buddy Tom Cruise.  He was getting way out of control, and someone needed to beat him down a few notches.  I don’t think it worked all that well– but it sure felt good to get my feelings off my chest.

Now it’s your turn.

Mel… Enough is enough.  We are done with you.

Your racist rants, your pompous attitude, and your (at times) insanely old-school Catholic beliefs are wearing thin on us.  You’re an abusive, rude and bull-headed individual who thinks he deserves everything handed to him on a silver platter.

Mel, those days are over.  It’s time to shut the f**k up and go away.

You’re an aging relic.  You used to be a handsome, suave and dapper young man.  Charming and extremely good-looking — some would even say hot– as a 20 and 30 year old, you starred in such classic films as “Mad Max,” “Gallipoli,” and “The Year Of Living Dangerously.”  You moved us in “The Man Without A Face,” and you made us laugh while racking up big bucks in the “Lethal Weapon” series.  You won Oscars for “Braveheart,” (not one of my favorites, but I can’t deny that you won) and went on to direct more films.

Then came “Passion of the Christ,” which I never saw, but the controversy around it was so great that it actually turned me away from it.  I can’t fault you for your extreme Catholic beliefs, because you apparently were born into them.  What I can fault you for is anti-semitic, homophobic, and narrow-minded rhetoric that you have based on your beliefs.  This was only the beginning of what has turned out to be a constant string of shooting-off at the mouth and bullheaded behavior.

Thing is, I know you’re a talented director. You truly could be one of the greats.  But your behavior is ruining your credibility.  Unless you make a major change, I don’t see you repairing that anytime soon.

What turned you into such a bitter angry man, Mel?  Was it the constant glare of fame?  Was it the pressure to remain “beautiful” and “sexy” as you got older?  Or were these things always a part of you, just simmering away, waiting for the right moment to boil over?

You’ve had numerous run-ins with the law because of your abuse of alcohol; and every time we’d think you had learned your lesson, you’d get sloshed again and make an ass of yourself.  You never seem to learn your lessons.  Countless DUIs, and more anti-semitic remarks to a police officer later… and your star dimmed even darker.

You once had such wonderful things to say about your wife and family, but then you got divorced.  Now come the reports and audio of you verbally abusing your girlfriend.  I’ve heard the recordings, Mel.  They’re disgusting.  The person on those recordings is not someone I want to associate with, let alone support.  That person needs serious help…  Mental evaluations…  Maybe even some good, hard locking up.

The press is not saying outright that it’s you on those recordings because you won’t verify that it is, truly, you.  But anyone who has heard your voice knows that it’s you.  And not only is it your voice, it’s your words– the words we have heard before and you have apologized profusely for using in the past.  The words that got you into trouble with the law and with numerous groups over the years.  Quite frankly, Mel, you can’t keep you big trap shut, and now it’s getting you into some serious trouble.

I hope everyone hears those recordings, Mel.  I hope they hear them and discover what a monster you really are.  Anyone who threatens to kill another person may as well have done the deed.  To even THINK something like that is revolting.  I don’t care if you did it or not– to say that is abuse.

So Mel, I’m through with you.  I won’t be seeing your movies or supporting anything you do.  Get help.

Please, Mel Gibson.  Shut the f**k up already.

Warmest regards,
Rick Aiello

Brittany Murphy – the new Karen Carpenter?

I awoke today to the news of yet another celebrity death, albeit not anyone I was particularly a fan of, nor did I know much about her… but the news struck me as eerily similar to another celebrity death that still, to this day, haunts me.

Take a look at the pictures below.

Brittany Murphy and Karen Carpenter

On the left is Brittany Murphy, who died today at age 32 of cardiac arrest.

On the right is Karen Carpenter, who died in 1983 at age 32 of cardiac arrest (which was later attributed to Anorexia Nervosa).

Aside from those similarities, note the similarities in their facial features.  The gaunt, stark chin.  The long, flowing hair that disguises the thinness of the neck.

I’m not a doctor by any means… but I can’t help but wonder if Anorexia didn’t play a part in Ms. Murphy’s death.

I find it frightening that the entertainment industry as a whole has still not learned its lessons from Karen’s passing.  Why are our actresses, singers and other performers being subjected to this mentality?  What is this teaching our children?

These photos do not show either woman at their worst.  I have seen much worse photos of Karen Carpenter, where she looks like a skeleton with skin on her face; and I have seen much worse photos of Brittany Murphy, where the effects of what had to be an eating disorder were very apparent.  But photos aside, the similarities– which COULD just be coincidences– are just too obvious to ignore.  Time will tell.