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Mel Gibson Called Jews 'Oven Dodgers,' Winona Ryder Says


Dec. 16 2010, Published 10:05 a.m. ET

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While most of Hollywood was shocked at Mel Gibson's fall from Hollywood grace, Winona Ryder likely saw it coming.

The Edward Scissorhands star, 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!"

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***."


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

The issue hits newsstands December 21.


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