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Winona Ryder, Mel Gibson and an "Oven-Dodger' Comment

Winona Ryder opens up to GQ about an interesting encounter with Mel Gibson and his anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs.

In the latest issue of GQ, Winona Ryder (born Winona Horowitz,) opened up to the interviewer about her new movie Black Swan, starring fellow Jews Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The real headline to come out of her interview however, was an anecdote she told about an encounter she had with Mel Gibson, some 15 years ago.

"I remember, like, fifteen years ago, I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he [Mel Gibson] was really drunk. I was with my friend, who's gay. He made a really horrible gay joke. And somehow it came up that I was Jewish. He said something about 'oven dodgers,' but I didn't get it. 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!"

Interesting, isn't it? One can only wonder what Mel or any of his followers will say in response to this one. Despite of the multiple occasions where anti-Semitic rhetoric has been spewed by Gibson, his followers often come out insisting
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that it is not at all a reflection of Mel Gibson, the person. (Someone please tell me what that means.)

Indeed, VirtualJerusalem's youtube site receives countless comments on a daily basis from people either defending Mr. Gibson's despicable behavior, or better yet, posting anti-Semitic ramblings of their own.

Oven-dodgers? Really? Very classy Mel. Especially considering the fact that these 'oven-dodgers' have given you roles, written your scripts, and publicized your movies.

No word yet from Gibson or his camp regarding Ryder's comment.

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Soul Food, June 25

"You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again."
- Azar Nafisi