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and proved to the world he’s a pathetic anti-Semite, wtf is this all about?

ABC Presents Mel Gibson’s The Holocaust

If a major broadcast network were to undertake a miniseries about a sensitive subject like, say, the Holocaust, you would assume that if they partnered up with the son of a notorious Holocaust denier (and who also directed Passion of the Christ, a film that many considered anti-Semitic), they’d be doing so for a compelling and principled reason, right? So tell us, ABC, what was the high-minded explanation for Mel Gibson’s potentially explosive involvement in such a project?

But Quinn Taylor, ABC’s senior vice president in charge of movies for television, acknowledged that the attention-getting value of having Mr. Gibson attached to a Holocaust project was a factor.

“Controversy’s publicity, and vice versa,” Mr. Taylor said.</i>

Which explains partly why Gibson, instead of being run out of the entertainment industry on a rail, will probably not suffer a bit from this exhibit of hatred.

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