Try not to yawn just yet, but in a recent interview with Deadline.com, Mel Gibson said that he isn't racist and--get this--the racist rants that we heard on the now infamous leaked tapes were edited. Read for yourself:
WEINER: People didn’t understand how you could say the things you did on these tapes. They wondered, what kind of person says those things. Right now, many people think you’re a racist and that you hate women from listening to those tapes.
GIBSON: I’ve never treated anyone badly or in a discriminatory way based on their gender, race, religion or sexuality -- period. I don’t blame some people for thinking that though, from the garbage they heard on those leaked tapes, which have been edited. You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship. It’s one terribly, awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn’t represent what I truly believe or how I’ve treated people my entire life.
The reporter went on to ask him if he thinks this will affect his career and Gibson said he doesn't care if he never acts again.
But what do you think? Should we put his rants in "context" to him being angry or is this just a cop out excuse, typical of people who put their foots in their mouths and then try to reel from the damanged they've caused? Sound off in the comments section.
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