Despite recent movements and public pressure to be more accepting of minority groups, there are still raging issues of sexism, racism and antisemitism alive and well in the film industry.
The interview largely emphasized current world movements, such as Black Lives Matter protests and Ryder’s Jewish heritage and her experiences with antisemitism.
For several years, Mel Gibson’s acting career was derailed because of a very public anti-semitic rant he had against a cop back in 2006. This, of course, anecdotally came up during Ryder’s interview.
It was an ideal opportunity for Ryder to point out that this was not the first time Gibson showed his anti-semitism.
At a party Ryder was attending with a friend, they ran into Gibson, who had sly remarks ready for both of them.
“We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’”
“And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?’”
The term “oven dodger” refers back to the Holocaust and Jews being incinerated in ovens. Generations since have been recipients of the derogatory nickname, implying their ancestors dodged this horrific fate.
Ryder clarified that she did have relatives who suffered through and died during the Holocaust.
Ryder also said that Gibson attempted to apologize much later, but the damage was already done, especially given Gibson’s continued behaviors in the industry.
Twitter spoke up about this latest development, pretty mutually agreeing Mel Gibson needs to be canceled.
This was in addition to citations of racism, domestic abuse and misogyny that were acknowledged by the industry years ago.
Mel Gibson, despite being a racist, anti-Semitic domestic abuser (all on tape), still gets mainstream work in Hollywood https://t.co/LWb2oM7J3Q
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 23, 2020
The fact that he played Mark Wahlberg's dad in White People Christmas Movie pt. 2 is brutally on brand for both of them.
— Corey Richardson (@vexedinthecity) June 23, 2020
All right, but apart from the racism, anti-semitism, domestic abuse & misogyny, what has Mel Gibson ever done wrong? pic.twitter.com/d8O9lZj7WL
— Jen Greeneyes (@greeneyes_jen) June 23, 2020
Mel Gibson is truly a terrible man.
— The Contrarian (@Lazy_Contrarian) June 23, 2020
Who even conceives of a phrase like "oven-dodger" to begin with, let alone thinks it's okay to actually give voice? Gibson is a dark, corrupted soul.
— Jody Dean (@DFWJodyDean) June 23, 2020
A representative for Gibson has not responded to any of these latest developments.
Based on the feedback being given by fans and cast stars alike, perhaps enough voices will be heard and something will change concerning repeated despicable behavior in Hollywood.