The Wall Street Journal reports that ABC has “pulled the plug on a miniseries about the Holocaust that it was developing with Mel Gibson’s production company, after the actor allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks when he was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving.”
The miniseries has long been remarkably controversial for a show in which there has yet to be a script available in light of Mel Gibson’s connection with anti-Semitism (discussed earlier here and here) and his father’s activities as a Holocaust-denier. While in the past many have ignored Gibson’s anti-Semitism and other extremist views, the events of last weekend have made his prejudices much harder to ignore. This has also led to many critical comments in the blogoshere (some linked in my previous posts) and examinations of his previous behavior such as in an article yesterday by Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens in Slate.
While it remains too early to predict the ultimate effect on Gibson, some have predicted that this could destroy his career. As the Wall Street Journal reports, “His conduct prompted criticism from Jewish groups and Hollywood executives, with one prominent agent calling for a boycott of the actor and director.”