Dear Mel: Get Help

Nearly everyone has an opinion on latest rant

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 2, 2010 10:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mel Gibson’s latest crazy rant comes as no surprise to those who have followed his offscreen woes, but this time the legendarily short-fused actor has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he needs help. “The actor who was so gifted at playing bitter, violent men on screen is apparently drawing all too easily on a store of bitterness and anger from deep inside his own psyche,” writes Patrick Goldstein for the Los Angeles Times.

The fallout continues: Jesse Jackson tells TMZ Gibson has a “fundamental character flaw" (ya think?), while Al Sharpton’s National Action Network wonders whether the actor is “an outright bigot.” Gloria Allred theorizes that he has “a woman hating temperament,” and an NAACP rep tells Radar, “No amount of words will change his image as an out of date and out of control racist.”

In this Feb. 4, 2010 file photo, Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva arrive at the "Edge Of Darkness" Premiere in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, file)
Cast member Mel Gibson arrives at the premiere of "Edge of Darkness" in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Mel Gibson shoots a scene from the upcoming movie "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" on Wednesday June 9, 2010 in Brownsville, Texas.   (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Yvette Vela)
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