Mel Gibson, Dancing Queen!
I’ve never had much use for Mel Gibson. I’ve occasionally liked his movies (Gallipoli, Hamlet, and — cough! cough! — What Women Want), but in general, I’m not into action films, those buddy/cop things, historical epics featuring swords, spears and/or horses, or Biblical vanity pieces with gruesome crucifixion scenes. So I’ve never felt particularly compelled to dive too deeply into Gibson’s filmography.
In keeping with my general disinterest in Gibson, I haven’t been paying much attention to the recent controversy surrounding his battles with Oksana Grigorieva, his baby mama. As for his abusive, racist, sexist rant against her, what can I say? I don’t condone abuse, racism or sexism, but let he who is without sin cast the first stone. We’ve all said things in the heat of private passion — remember, his words were not intended for public consumption and ridicule — that we’ve regretted later and that would shame us under a rock, perhaps permanently, were they broadcast on the 6 o’clock tabloid news.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten all that unpleasantness out of the way, here’s some more: Mel Gibson’s abusive rant set to a dance beat. A YouTube user decided to have a little fun at Gibson’s expense and created “I Wan’t You, Okay?” The dance mix is not exactly David Guetta (way too chintzy ’80s), and it probably won’t be infecting anyone with its groove (thus requiring a disorderly evacuation of the dancefloor), but it’s got a passable techno beat, and for the first time in years, at least something involving Gibson is moving me. If his film career really is over, maybe he’s still got a future as a D-list dance diva. Then he can spend eternity entertaining the gay men whom, in the past, he has disregarded so flagrantly and unapologetically.