Mel Gibson is in a lot of trouble these days. In a voicemail message to his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, the actor, producer and director apparently went on a verbal rampage, laden with racist and misogynistic expletives.
In a released audiotape, he referred to Latinos as wetbacks, and told Grigorieva that "if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will be your fault."
Gibson is no stranger to racist and sexist rants. Four years ago, Gibson was arrested for drunk driving. He told the arresting police officer, who was Jewish, "F***ing Jews...the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." He also asked a female officer "What are you looking at, sugar t*ts?"
But this time, he might have gone too far, and his career could suffer for it. Gibson's agent WMA decided to drop him as a client because he is unmarketable. "There's nothing to do for Mel Gibson at the moment," a spokesperson for the agency said. "No one will touch him with a 10-foot pole."
But Gibson is not alone in his over-the-top behavior. Fox News jester Glenn Beck just started a university, and decided to book the Lincoln Memorial--on the anniversary of Dr. King's March on Washington--to hold a march of his own.
Rush Limbaugh said President Obama wouldn't have been elected if he weren't black, and Oprah wouldn't have become rich if she weren't black. What do Beck, Gibson and Limbaugh have in common? They are all a "hot mess".
We live in extreme times when people are saying and doing outrageous things.
Politicians do and say anything and everything to get votes; racist comments are back in style; celebrities seek attention and implode before our eyes and banks and oil companies create disasters of biblical proportions.
theGrio has compiled a Hot Mess List, an examination of people, events, topics and concepts that go over the top, offend our standards of good taste, make us cringe, and sometimes even make us laugh.
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