Mel Gibson called out by 'Scandal' actor Joshua Malina: 'Cancel culture simply does not exist'

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“Scandal” actor Joshua Malina declared that cancel culture does not exist as long as Mel Gibson can continue to have a career. 

Reacting to the recent news that Mel Gibson had been tapped by Warner Bros. to direct a fifth installment in the popular “Lethal Weapon” franchise, Malina couldn’t help but note that Gibson is seemingly getting a second phase of his career after doing things in the past that would have completely blacklisted others. 

Mel Gibson will direct the fifth installment in the "Lethal Weapon" franchise.

The character actor cited what he sees as unacceptable examples of Gibson’s behavior, rehashing the actor’s 2006  detention by a police officer for alleged drunk driving that led to an anti-Semitic rant directed at the officer, who was Jewish. He also noted the infamous 2010 voicemails in which Gibson could be heard using racist and misogynistic language directed at then-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and his “no contest” plea to charges of domestic battery against her the following year. Malina even noted how Gibson was spotted saluting former President Trump at a UFC event this summer. 

“This might feel like a smaller matter if it didn’t come at a moment when members of my tribe feel the walls closing in again. Jews were the victims in more than 50 percent of religious-based hate crimes last year,” Malina wrote. “In recent years, we’ve witnessed the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh, the murder at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California, Jewish students harassed on college campuses, European anti-Semitism on the rise—these are the headlines that make us feel unsafe. Is this really the time to glorify a man like Mel Gibson?”

"Scandal" actor Joshua Malina (left) sounded off on Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. for agreeing to work with him on "Lethal Weapon 5."
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Elsewhere in his piece, the actor writes: “How did this guy become such a hot ticket again? Is it just that memories of his hate speech have faded, while Hollywood’s recollection of his box-office pull remains?”

Malina goes on to criticize Warner Bros., the studio behind the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and its upcoming fifth installment with Gibson at the helm, for continuing to work with the actor despite its company policy regarding inclusion.

Mel Gibson has been tapped to direct a new "Lethal Weapon" movie.
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Neither representatives for Gibson nor Warner Bros. immediately responded to Fox News’ request for comment.

“It would be great if higher-profile executives, producers, and actors would also take a stand. Then I could believe in this cancel culture I keep reading so much about. And I could also believe that Jews do, in fact, count,” Malina concluded.

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