Mel, Ya No Le Hagas Tanto Al Chupe

Open letter to Mel Gibson from your friendly neighborhood Mexican-American-Jew

By Edie J. Adler
Published on LatinoLA: August 2, 2006

Mel, Ya No Le Hagas Tanto Al Chupe

Dear Mr. Gibson (May I call you Mel?)

I was getting ready to write you a different kind of letter after your meshuge comments when you were arrested, and then I saw your apology on the Internet. As my 86 year old Mexican-Jewish mother would say ?Holy Mother of Christ! This golem is making sense.?

In the original version of this letter I was going to ask you if you also hate Mexicans and Latinos. It has been my experience that bigots are seldom exclusive to just one group. I was also going to demand that you refund me the money I?ve spent going to see your movies throughout the years, including those where you did not get credit, like ?Father?s Day?.
But then I read your apology and I said to myself ?Mi misma, this meshugane is acting like a mensh. His dad must be getting such nachas.?

Pero ya en serio, I?m glad you recognize you did something very stupid, and I?m glad you?re taking the appropriate steps to get the help you need and are reaching out to our community.
I think the humiliation you put yourself and your family through are enough punishment. I don?t think I?ll be joining the Mel Gibson fan club any time soon, but I also won?t call for a boycott. I think people can change if they really want to, and it seems to me that at least you?re making the effort.

I don?t pretend to represent the entire Jewish community, not even the Latin Jewish community, but at least one proud Mexican-American-Jew will tell you: Apology accepted.

Improvised dictionary:
Meshuge: crazy
Golem: mindless person
Meshugane: crazy person
Mensh: upstanding person
Nachas: parental pride

About Edie J. Adler:
Edie J. Adler is a free lance writer and comedian, and a regular contributor to LatinoLA

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