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August 2006



I find this whole story to be much ado about nothing.

Celebrities get in trouble all the time. Whether it's Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Linsey Lohan, Robert Downey...the list is endless. Yet they all seem to come back (save for the truely strange stuff, i.e. Michael Jackson).

I find even the idea that Mel's career is over laughable. Lots of actors have come back from dunk driving charges. In Hollywood, anti-semitism might be a big deal, but for most of the country no one cares. They care about seeing good movies.

This story has exposed how biased and slanted the hollywood and media types are. The story isn't nearly as big as it's made out to be.


I like the analysis from this crisis manager, who suggests that real recovery is about more than a 30-day treatment...

Richard Levick's Take:


I dont know about west, but in India, people have a very short term memory when it comes to celebrities.

One star has had a drug abuse case, nad case of illegal possession of arms but still is adored by many.

Another star was in jail for hunting an endangered species, and yet his fans dont care.

Uri Baruchin

Really Douglas?

I have to say that I have been drunk a couple of times in the past, and it never caused me to suddenly turn racist.
Considering his ludicrous film, this seems more like a case of "in vino veritas"

Leo Bottary

Crazy dad or raging public? Maybe he chose wisely back then, but as you said, it's costing him now.


Story quoting my TV appearance.



Thanks Leo, Michael Levine this morning on CBS went on and on about how Mel's career was finished. And I'm like, I don't think so. He has done a good job of managing the situation so far and if he follows up with with some action (rehab, meeting with Jewish leaders, etc.) I think he will be fine.

His only mistake was not saying his Dad was crazy years ago. If he had publically critized his Dad's views and made it clear he didn't believe a word of it, this would have been a much smaller crisis.

Leo Bottary

I think you're spot on. There's been quite a bit of talk about how Mel can't recover from this. I don't buy it. He's done what he needed to do when he needed to do it. Whether he can save himself from himself in the future however remains to be seen.


You make some excellent points Douglas, thanks!

Don't miss the CBS Early Show Wednesday morning around 7:30 am. I'll be on discussing the state of brand Mel some more.



Well the media is having a field day with this story, especially the Jewish owned media. Yesterday I thought , "enough already" Are they not flogging this story way too much? The guy was a total baboon driving and drinking and giving the police a hassle during his arrest, and that he should be punished severely. But his bad taste comments about Jews? Come on people , give me a break, The guy was pissed and a raving lunatic which explains his raving anti Semitic remarks. But dose anyone take a drunken blithering idiots remarks to heart? If you do then you must have a lot of respect for all drunken blithering idiots who rant. This drunken episode of M.G. does not remove an ounce of his accomplishments in film and humanity and I salute him for his good work. He has a dark side it seems though, what a surprise his shit stinks and he's human too. He's messed his bed, now he has to make it under the heavy hand of the law. His anti Jew comments I'll sweep under the bed and forget it. Now if only the media would get back on track and report the world events instead of flogging this trashy story.

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