Few in Hollywood are willing to let Mel Gibson forget about his grotesque anti-semitic outburst back in 2006.
Least of all Seth Rogen, who had a few choice words about Gibson forthcoming role, as a 'rowdy' Santa Claus in new movie Fatman.
Re-posting news of his casting in The Hollywood Reporter, Rogen simply noted: “Ho-ho-holocaust denier.”
The remark clearly tickled comedian and actress Sarah Silverman, who replied: “I love you.”
I love you— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 9, 2019
Plenty then picked up the theme, many referring back to Gibson's previously loathsome behaviour, both in terms of the anti-semitic rant to a police officer, and his treatment of his ex-partner, Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva, with whom Gibson has a daughter.
You better watch out— That Jewish Kid (@Joshua_Springer) May 9, 2019
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to tell you that the Holocaust was a numbers game and that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world https://t.co/G9b4xdb474
Grigorieva was granted a restraining order against Gibson, following claims that he physically assaulted her, as well as subjecting her to sexually violent verbal abuse, audio recording of which was disseminated on the internet.
2. After Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade in 2006 where he said, among other things,"The Jews are responsible for all the wars," he took a hit, but here's how he reacted when asked about in 2016 by Variety.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 8, 2019
These aren't the words of a changed man. pic.twitter.com/qKrl1X9jbK
While Gibson was shunned by Hollywood for almost a decade, it now appears that the actor and director has been forgiven by some corners of the movie business.
Gibson attributed his behaviour at the time to a breakdown and his dependency on alcohol, and in apologies, he called his anti-semitic comments 'despicable' and 'blurted out in a moment of insanity'.
He returned to the movie business with his graphically violent WWII movie Hacksaw Ridge, which received Oscar nominations.
Gibson has since appeared in the comedy Daddy's Home 2, the thriller Dragged Across Concrete, and The Professor and the Madman.
He's currently filming his sequel to The Passion of The Christ, called The Resurrection of The Christ, due for release at Easter, 2020.