When it was first reported Mel Gibson told his ex Oksana Grigorieva her outfit would get her “raped by a pack of niggers,” pretty much everyone’s first reaction was “Oh, wow, Mel Gibson hates black people. Who knew?” After the sarcasm wore off, things eventually strayed to the more logical “What does Danny Glover think?” which is apparently nothing because he ain’t talking. The LA Times reports:
A spokeswoman for Danny Glover, the often vocal African American actor who costarred with Gibson in the four “Lethal Weapon” movies — the franchise that, with its biracial pairing, helped shoot Gibson to the top of the action-star A-list — chose not to weigh in. “At this time, Mr. Glover does not have a comment, and there is no statement regarding Mr. Gibson.” When asked if that might change, the representative responded, “The decision is that he will not [comment].”
Experts said that the muted reaction highlighted the fickle nature of Hollywood activism. Although actors often speak out on public injustices — Glover is a U.N. goodwill ambassador to developing countries and is outspoken on racial issues — they often close ranks when one of their own is concerned. “That’s what Hollywood is about, isn’t it? Everyone covers themselves,” said film historian David Thomson.
In Danny Glover’s defense, Mel Gibson is fucking scary. I mean, Christ, the man’s go-to reaction for not getting blown is arson. Could you imagine how he’d react to a colleague throwing him under the bus? It’d be like Roots times eleven.
MEL: *cracks whip* What’s your name, boy?
MEL: *WAPISH* I said, What’s. Your. Name.
DANNY: *sobs* That colored fella from Lethal Weapon.
MEL: And don’t you forget it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to whip myself in the back 500 times then jerk off in the corner. Golf next week?