I saw another conversation with some acquaintances on, you guessed it, Facebook, who were talking about how Mel Gibson is just a regular man who is running into some problems with his wife in their child custody battle--it's not that big of a deal. However, the problem is that what Mel Gibson is doing is a big deal. Since when is intimate partner violence (IPV) and domestic violence not a big deal? It is always a big deal.
The fact that so many are rallying to Mel Gibson's defense, including his former wife amongst others, shows that many in this country are willing to excuse abusive behavior when the said abuser is a well-known celebrity--much like rape apologists and Roman Polanski-- and don't seem to deem it as any of their business. The longer IPV is regarded as a domestic, private issue, the less important it will seem to the American public and society as a whole.
Mel Gibson needs to be held accountable for his actions. Saying the vile and disgusting things he did to his wife, such as saying that she looked like a pin heat and deserved a bat to the head amongst other things, needs to be held accountable. Who cares if he's a well-respected actor? Who cares if he's Mel Gibson? I sure don't. Abuse is abuse, plain and simple and he needs to be held accountable for his actions, hands down.
In fact, there are so many people who look up to celebrities in this country (sadly), and if someone is in such a public light they should be setting a proper example. To say that Mel Gibson's abuse of his wife is his problem that the American people should not care about says to me that some still regard the concept of abuse as private and taboo.
I understand the concept of not prying into people's lives, but sometimes prying is necessary. I challenge you to all stand with me in boycotting Mel Gibson's movies--the man needs to learn that his behaviour--his abusiveness towards his wife--is not okay and will never be okay.
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