Rod Dreher

When I heard the first audio clip of one of Mel Gibson’s crazy calls to his girlfriend — the angry, racist rant — I deliberately chose not to post it, though it was disgusting. I thought it ethically proper not to participate in broadcasting a private phone message now made public, however ugly I found its content, and even though that content had been released elsewhere (and I’d blogged on it). But now another one has been released, and the man really is a dangerous lunatic who ought to be slapped with a truckload of restraining orders, and who basically ought to be slapped, period. His ex-girlfriend might well be releasing these things to squeeze him to pay more child support for their baby, but given his violent threats, including a death threat, and his admission in one of the recordings that he had assaulted her at least once, it’s easy for me to imagine that she’s doing this to protect herself from being attacked by him. In which case, she is, in my view, justified. From this new tape (warning: Not Safe For Work):

Oksana: What kind of a man is that? Hitting a woman when she’s holding a child in her hands? Breaking her teeth twice in the face! What kind of man is that?
Mel: Oh, you’re all angry now! You know what, you f* cking deserved it!

A man who knocks a woman’s teeth out, especially when she’s holding a baby, does not deserve the protection a decent respect for privacy affords him. It’s one thing to respect a creep’s privacy when he expresses a nasty opinion. It’s another when he admits to having knocked a woman’s teeth out. Gibson deserves to be outed. What kind of man is that? Not much of one. It’s frightening to hear the rage in his voice. I have never spoken that way to a woman in all my life. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to anybody like that. Anyway, he’s ruined now, and it’s hard to see that an injustice has been done to him. Should’ve thought about that before he raised his hand to the mother of his child. Man, do I hate wife-beaters (and child abusers). I fear his longsuffering ex-wife Robin, whom he left to take up with Grigorieva, has some stories of her own to tell.

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