FLASHBACK: Nets Excoriated ‘The Passion’ as Inflammatory, Anti-Semitic

April 16th, 2022 12:31 PM

As Christians around the globe prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday, some will choose to rewatch Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ during Holy Week. The movie, which came out 16 years ago on February 25, 2004, was a massive hit. It skyrocketed to a worldwide gross of $611 million. But to the journalists and hosts on ABC, CBS and NBC, it was a project to approach with skepticism…

Mel Gibson Salutes Trump At UFC Match, Blue Checks Lose Their Minds

July 14th, 2021 4:32 PM

Two alphas met both inside and outside of the ring at Saturday’s UFC match. 


NBC Fears Mel Gibson Sequel to ‘His Most Controversial Movie Ever’

February 1st, 2018 2:30 PM
At the top of Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Hoda Kotb sounded the alarm about a new film in the works: “Is Mel Gibson planning a sequel to his most controversial and successful movie ever?” Later in the show, fellow co-host Savannah Guthrie gave more details as she similarly warned: “What we’re learning about Mel Gibson’s plan for a sequel to his most…

Ten Years Ago, 'The Passion' Ruckus Demonstrated Network TV's Hostilit

April 18th, 2014 1:26 PM
Ten years ago, Mel Gibson unveiled his massively successful movie The Passion of The Christ. It came out on Ash Wednesday (February 25, 2004), but is often re-viewed on Good Friday. It had a worldwide box-office gross of over $611 million. In our Special Report on religion coverage that year, we explored how the TV networks attacked Gibson's movie as extreme, divisive, and potentially…

Martin Short Hits 'Crazy Catholic' Santorum, 'Taliban'-like Bachmann

June 5th, 2012 8:19 AM
Appearing as a guest on Monday's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC, actor and comedian Martin Short lambasted several of the GOP presidential candidates, as he called Rick Santorum a "crazy Catholic," compared Michele Bachmann to the Taliban while questioning her intelligence, and suggested that Mitt Romney has sent jobs to other countries.

Lopez Cracks That ABC's Hasselbeck ‘Grabbed Her Purse’ Fearing Oba

July 29th, 2010 7:07 AM
In the past couple of weeks, comedian George Lopez has made two noteworthy jokes during the monologue of his Lopez Tonight show on TBS with the premise that conservatives are racist. On Wednesday’s show, as he brought up President Obama’s interview recorded earlier in the day on ABC’s The View, Lopez took a swipe at right-leaning co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck as he cracked that she had "…

Media Ignore Oliver Stone’s Anti-Jewish Rant, Bashed Mel Gibson for

July 27th, 2010 4:08 PM
"Hollywood may shun Mel Gibson for his anti-Semitic ravings, but the right wing in George Bush's increasingly hate-filled America won't," wrote's Neal Gabler on August 1, 2006, four days after Mel Gibson was arrested for drunkenly spewing anti-Semitic hatred to a police officer.Fast-forward to 2010. It's been three days since director Oliver Stone churned out similarly…

Behar Ridicules Christians, Insists She Doesn't Ridicule Christians

July 16th, 2010 3:34 PM
Joy Behar is no stranger to anti-Christian sentiments, except in her own mind. On "The Joy Behar Show" July 15, the host railed against Christians who defended actor and director Mel Gibson in the wake of drunken anti-Semitic comments in 2006, but are silent about his recent racist and sexist comments. Moments later, however, Behar claimed she doesn't hate Christians. Guest Rebecca…

Hollywood Rorschach: Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Child Rapist Polans

July 12th, 2010 12:51 PM
The timing of today’s announcement from the Swiss that fugitive director Roman Polanski will not face extradition to the United States coming just a couple days after we all witnessed Hollywood’s reaction to the audio tape of Mel Gibson’s raging, racist rant is fitting. What an interesting opportunity for a side-by-side look at Leftist Hollywood’s values.It’s unlikely that anyone who’s…

CNN's Sanchez on Mel Gibson: 'Very Politically Involved

July 2nd, 2010 8:20 PM
Today on CNN, Rick's List host Rick Sanchez was, as he likes to say, all over and drilling down on a story of major import.  No, nothing about the dismal unemployment numbers we're seeing this recovery summer.  Despite repeated teases on the topic, he didn't get around to it.Sanchez was all over and drilling down on the latest Mel Gibson antics, despite pushback from his audience:SANCHEZ: Some of…

N.Y. Times Can't Report the Box-Office Receipts Without Blurting 'Mel

February 1st, 2010 12:01 PM
The New York Times certainly doesn’t have dazzled stars in its eyes when it writes about Mel Gibson. What could have been a standard weekend-box-office-receipts piece by Brooks Barnes on Monday sounded like an attack piece: LOS ANGELES - And the blue money just keeps rolling in.The much-hyped return to the multiplex of Mel Gibson, whose drunken and anti-Semitic outburst in 2006 turned him into a…

Newsweek’s Lisa Miller Labels Passion of the Christ 'Anti-Semitic

November 18th, 2009 5:57 PM
Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller, contributing to her magazine’s “20/10” list of top 10 cultural moments of the past decade, revisited the “furor surrounding...[the] alleged anti-Semitism” of Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ, and concluded “the film is, in fact, anti-Semitic.” Miller also accused Gibson of making “Jesus in his own image.”The 2004 film was number eight on Newsweek’…

From Her Glass House, Behar Casts Stone at Mel Gibson

June 12th, 2008 2:52 PM