EXCLUSIVE: Jewish Group Blasts Mel Gibson For Oven Dodgers Comment, 'Once A Bigot, Always A Bigot'


Dec. 16 2010, Published 3:40 p.m. ET

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Jewish groups have blasted Mel Gibson for his latest anti-Semitic slur he used with actress Winona Ryder while talking to her at a star-studded  Hollywood party years ago.

The remark, in which he referred to Jewish people as "oven dodgers," has shocked many observers who have long-questioned the superstar’s political correctness.

Abraham H Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, is furious that Gibson used the offensive term.

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He told “Once a bigot is always a bigot. It is clear that Mel Gibson’s bigotry is not of recent vintage, that its been part of him for a long time. And when he loses his inhibitions, it comes out.

“In all my years at ADL, I have never heard of anyone using the term “oven dodgers” – this may be a new contribution to the anti-Semitic lexicon – I guess nobody should be surprised that it is coming from Mel Gibson.”

Ryder, who currently appears in Darren Aronofsky's critically-acclaimed Black Swan, shared a story with GQ about Gibson showing his bigoted stripes at a Hollywood party in the mid-90s.

"I remember, like, 15 years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties, and he was really drunk," the 39-year-old actress told the magazine. "I was with my friend, who's gay. Gibson made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish.

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"He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it," Ryder said. "I'd never heard that before. It was just this weird, weird moment. I was like, 'He's anti-Semitic and he's homophobic.' No one believed me!"

Rabbi Marvin Hier- the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles– has also slammed Gibson claiming using the term “oven dodgers” was unforgivable.

He told “Although it comes as no real surprise to me as Mel Gibson is a notorious bigot it represents a new low for him to use the term “oven dodgers."

Mel Gibson

Gibson has a history of making offensive comments about both Jews and gay people. The actor told Spanish newspaper El Pais in 1991 of gays: "They take it up the a**," before pointing to his rear end and telling the reporter, "This is only for taking a s**t."

More famously, he told a Jewish police officer following his 2006 DUI arrest in Malibu: "F**king Jews ... the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," before asking the officer, "Are you a Jew?"

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