Itâ€™s disheartening, almost sickening to watch the media vultures circle and pick at the debilitated body of the once revered, now reviled, Aussie actor â€˜Madâ€™ Mel Gibson and his very public PR disaster.
Gibson clearly has a physiological compulsion and crippling susceptibility to alcohol.
If you can accept that it is a disease (and the American Medical Association does), then would it be right to stomp Gibson down because heâ€™d been diagnosed with cancer and thrown a drug-fuelled fit? In all likelihood guilty of DUI, insulting a police officer and verbally savaging Jews and women, Mel has responsibly â€˜fessed up to his wrongdoings with a textbook Crisis Management statement. Rather than playing it by the old PR book, though, wouldnâ€™t it have been refreshing to hear the fundamentalist Mel really get down to brass tacks. He couldâ€™ve started by acknowledging that somehow, somewhere within him, there is a bit of a bigoted streak?
Itâ€™da been ballsy, but I hope thereâ€™s still enough fight in the man to really come clean; I hear self-honesty is a key part of the recovery process of â€˜getting cleanâ€™. I also pray that Mel is in rehab for the right reason, too. And thatâ€™s to genuinely overcome his addiction, not just to make it look that heâ€™s taking his punishment for stepping way, way out of line. After thatâ€™s been done, then he can really look at appropriate ways of making amends to those he has sledged and offended. Following his dumb-assed outbursts and inability to curb his drink compulsion, Iâ€™d hope that excitable media and associated commentators will see that in this huge PR disaster, Mel the addict is probably the one whoâ€™s hurting most right now.