Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Mel Gibson Doesn’t Have a Problem

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Mel Gibson was speaking to a film class at CSU Northridge last night when he reminded us all what a total prick he is. After the presentation, the crowd asked questions. An associate professor of Central American studies asked Gibson if he had read about the Mayan culture before shooting Apocalypto, and Gibson told her he had. The woman insisted that many of the film’s representations of the Mayans — like their participation in sacrifical ceremonies and the violent tendencies — were incorrect and racist. Gibson’s response: “Lady, fuck off.” Further, when emotional audience members of Mayan descent complained about how the film portrayed their culture, they were escorted out of the room, and Gibson screamed at them to “Make your own movie!”

Gibson’s publicist’s best excuse? “This person was a heckler who was rude and disrupted the event, so much so that the event organizers had to escort her out.” Which is totally, totally reasonable. First off, this woman really sounds like a “heckler.” “Boooo … you suck!!!!” Yeah, that’s exactly what she was all about. And, I mean, people who speak at universities are almost never challenged. Universities are, if nothing else, designed to be bastions of intellectual conformity — ideas and the presentation of ideas are never to be challenged in academic settings, and it’s quite typical for university speakers to cuss out those who dispute their work, rather than engage in a point-by-point discussion of the issue at hand. Hey, it’s pretty much exactly how Ann Coulter rose to the position of respect she holds among our nation’s great thinkers. Completely reasonable, Mel. We all would have done the same.

Friday Music

These guys toured with Coldplay and sound a smidge like them but I like the song. They sound a little like Keane too as a matter of fact.. and they’ve been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and the Reign Over Me trailer.

So, here it is, Embrace with “Ashes”

Is This Photo Funny?

I don’t know why but I find this photo to be smirk worthy. The official Pirates 3 stills are coming out and this one shows Keira Knightley battling a smoke machine. Did they take this at Glamour Shots? They didn’t make her look hot or tough, instead they went for the odd mouth open look with her hair magnetically attracted to her sword.

It’s either a profoundly cool shot or a weird choice and I haven’t quite figured out which. You decide.

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Late-Night Links

Britney’s legal team puts an end to the leaks coming out of Promises … in the U.K. papers, at least. This is really, really great news for Us Weekly. [TMZ]

Listen to Hilary Duff’s new album, Dignity, for free. Fun drinking game: take a drink whenever you’re pretty sure the vitriol she’s spewing is directed squarely in Nicole Richie’s direction. A great distraction at work! [Bree @ Buzznet]

Hey, you know what might be a fun little side project for the gossip blogs? Making a celebrity of an out-of-control teen with famous parents, even though she does absolutely nothing but get drunk and take ridiculous pictures of herself. Oh, we’re already on top of that? Fabulous. [The Blemish]

Pax on Earth, goodwill to men. [Ninja Dude]

Yay! Details on the Kim K. sex tape! NSFW at all. [Drunken Stepfather]

Foxy Brown skips her court date, which warrants a warrant. [Bossip]