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THE SITE THAT "MEL GIBSON" DIDN'T WANT YOU TO SEE

"With anti-Christian sentiment on the rise in North America and abroad, the launch of this new bog [sic] couldn’t have been timelier...If you’re a discouraged Christian worried about the future, a visit to www.melgibsonsblog.blogspot.com is like an elixir and sends you on your way with newfound hope."
Judi McLeod, Owner, Canada Free Press

"[The site] is filled with anti-Semitic comments and other outrageous statements, much of them in Latin."
Left-wing rag Newsmax.com

"[I]t made me snarf my cran juice all over the screen."
Antonia Zerbisias, Media Critic, The Toronto Star

"Catch it while you can..." Newsweek



the mel box: malibu church of the holy family at yahoo dot com





satIRE

...get it?


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

If you ran a satirical

Mel Gibson website, and if Mel Gibson threatened to sue you, what would you do?

33 Comments:

Anonymous The Divine Miss L said...

Well, you could change your name to "Mel Gibson," grow a beard, develop a successful career in film by 5:00 PST tomorrow afternoon and counter-sue him . . . nahhhhh. Don't take my advice. I don't even play an attorney on TV.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous The Divine Miss L said...

By the way - that's "The Divine Miss L" - or "missal" to you!

10:20 PM  
Anonymous JGabriel said...

1) Remind the lawyer that his client is a public figure.

2) Remind the lawyer that parody and satire are protected speech in America, as per the First Amendment.

3) Remind the lawyer that it is also a valid expression of free speech to tell him to fuck off.

But I am not a lawyer, so don't take this as legal advice.

On the other hand, this is what The Onion basically did when the White House threatened them for using the Presidential Seal on one of their pages.

10:31 PM  
Blogger arcataradical said...

Tell him michaeljackson.blogspot.com was taken, and besides, he's more insane than Michael.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Paul A. Holmes said...

I think you have to stop. Not because of the suit, which is utterly specious. But becuase Mel Gibson is now a parody of himself and your efforts are now redundant.

1:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are upsetting the Mel Gibson parody by writing about him now in the third person.

You have now undone any good that could come from your parody blogging, and should halt your blogging, not for legal purposes, but only in the name of acceptable parody blogging.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Robot Buddha said...

Keep going. Break on through to the other side!

3:27 AM  
Anonymous Kerstin fighting for real Mel said...

The real Mel Gibson is absolutely right to sue you.
You are the person who is insane. How do you have all the time spending your whole energy in writing all this f**k? Don´t you have any other hobbies or is it to boring while sitting in the middle of a padded cell?
Sorry, my english is not the best.(You write in latin, what hardly anyone understands and I write in german):

Laßt Mel endlich in Ruhe. Er hat niemandem etwas getan und das Recht auf seine Privatsphaere, seine eigene Meinung und seinen Glauben, der absolut in Ordnung ist!
Du bist das allerletzte Arschloch und ich hoffe, dass du eine richtig genial hohe Strafe bekommst, von der du dich nicht mehr erholst!! Ich bete zu Gott dafuer!

See you in jail, Nazi!

5:41 AM  
Blogger GreyGuy said...

People get so bent out of shape over the silliest things, eh.

If I were you I would:

a) immediately place a disclaimer i the smallest font that can still be read by the naked eye somewhere near the top of the left-hand menu explaining that this is a parody and that you are not Mel Gibson. (Duh! I cannot believe anyone really thought that you were! People are stupid);

b) see if yu can find a good pro bono lawyer who might be able to advise you; perhaps the folks at the ACLU might know a lawyer who knows a thing ot two about freedom of expression;

c) stop the blog if it's not fun anymore because Mel is a party pooper, but keep going (after doing a) & b)) if it's worth it to you.

I think it's great satire and a fantastic read, although I wish Okie Lady would come back; I was starting to really like her.

5:53 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Liebe Kerstin,

Vielen Dank für Ihre Bemerkungen aber es gibt in den Vereinigten Staaten die Redefreiheit. Die Satire ist unter die Verfassung den Vereinigten Staaten geschützt.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mel Gibson's Lawyer is threatening to sue, the best thing you can do is to open up a second parodyblog, melgibsonslawyersblog.blogspot.com, and parody him too.

By "best thing", I don't mean best legal strategy, of course.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Rude One said...

Mel,

You have only one fuckin' choice - and yer a pussy if you don't do it - keep it goin' and make it even more brutal.

Don't get serious. Get absurd.

RP

6:56 AM  
Blogger Halfmad said...

Good god, you're Mel Gibson?? I thought that photo was of Sadaam Hussein.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

I'd go with the whole "melgibsonslawyer.blogspot.com" action. Hilarious hijinx would certainly ensue.

Ooh, sorry for the bad pun there.

This blog brings hours of pleasure to throngs of people. Which is more than can be said by moviegoers (and Jim Caviezel about The Passion.

7:06 AM  
Blogger BJHokanson said...

I would think that if such a blog existed, the owner would want to create a press release and do everything in his power to get as much mainstream media coverage as possible.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Do what Anonymous said and parody the lawyer too!!

or start

godhatesmelgibson.com

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here via atrios.

that letter is absolute crap. follow the good advice of others above about how to respond. the blog is an obvious satire. it's easy a lawyer to write a letter like this, he doesn't care if he's right because it might work.

are you anon though? you may be outed by this, unfortunately.

7:40 AM  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

I guess you will just have to go with the "punches." Its a good thing you did not parady Sean Penn, he would have simply tracked you down and kicked your ass . . .in front of the paparazzi, of course.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely keep it going. IF -- and I doubt they will -- but IF they actually try to sue you, you'll win and get 1000x the page views.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Musmanno said...

As has been suggested, I'd point out Gibson's counsel that your site is satire/parody and send him a copy of the 1st amendment.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, get some ads on your site because your page views are about to increase.

Then, watch Conspiracy Theory and tell me Mel doesn't have a direct connection to god to get that dog made.

Then, get a lawyer.

Then issue multiple press releases.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Kerstin, fighting for real Mel said...

Die Redefreiheit streite ich auch nicht ab. Die gibt es in Deutschland ebenso. Aber es gibt den kleinen Unterschied, ob man es unter dem eigenen Namen macht oder einen anderen Namen dafür mißbraucht. Letzteres geht ja wohl gegen die Würde des Menschen. Erster Artikel des deutschen Grundgesetzes. Ich gehe einmal davon aus, dass es in den Vereinigten Staaten nicht anders ist.
Warum hast du nicht den Mut und das Selbstbewußtsein "deine" Redefreiheit unter "deinem" Namen zu veröffentlichen? Eigentlich bist du doch ein Angsthase, oder?
Ein anti-semitischer Angsthase, ein Mitläufer, der zu wenig Selbstvertrauen hat und deshalb voll von Vorurteilen ist.
Du wirst sicher eines von den Kindern gewesen sein, die stets verprügelt wurden und nie Freunde hatten.
Du bist wirklich zu bemitleiden.

Trotzdem...: Go to jail and after it to hell, Judas!

8:57 AM  
Blogger tomax7 said...

i want my 15 minutes of fame, i want my 15 minutes of fame.

Hi, my name is, uh...

9:00 AM  
Blogger tomax7 said...

das is goode ja?

Bad enoughn Mel has me cutting and pasting like nuts to the online translator to see what the heck the fake Latin is blabbering...but now German?

Ioki noki wonki - dang forgot pig latin from my childhood days.

9:03 AM  
Blogger George said...

Satire is protected speech. I would get a lawyer and live through it. You'll be able to write a book when it's over.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Sister Nancy Beth Eczema said...

I would read up on SLAPPs, nuisance lawsuits filed by rich plaintiffs with money to burn in order to silence their critics. Mel, you have done more to preserve the beautiful traditions of our beloved Catholic Church (Latin mass, opposition to moral deviance, antisemitism) than most of our recent Popes. Good luck to you on this.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Mel Gibson III said...

A Nazi calling someone else a Nazi

Kerstin, my german isn't very gut either:

Gehen bumsen sich, sie stummes weibchen.

10:39 AM  
Anonymous JGabriel said...

Another option is to write back to the lawyer begging him to sue you, because you really couldn't get better publicity, even if you had a billion bucks to spend on advertising.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Gideon Starorzewski said...

Tell the right-wing asshole to go fuck himself and then contact your local chapter of the ACLU. If you need legal representation, they can either do it pro bono, or find a non-ACLU affiliated attorney to do so.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he's threatening to sue you, guess that means he visited...wow! Can't you just imagine him bitching about you to his mates! And they'll surely visit to see what he's griping about...so on top of the rich and famous visiting you, if he sues, he'll be making you rich and famous with the book deal you'll get!!

I think he must love you really ;o)

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Du bist wirklich zu bemitleiden.

Oh...oh...I'd take this seriously. When The Germans start pitying other people, as others sometimes pity less fortunate, less developed creatures, the outcome is rarely good.

...salve me, Domine!. Or better yet....Gott schütze uns vor Sturm und Wind und Deutschen, die im Ausland sind!

10:37 AM  
Blogger 1138 said...

First tell the laywer that anything Mel has to say he should have the courtesy to address you personally.
Secondly tell them to go fuck themselves (smile while you say it).

You are under no obligation to be polite to someone that is threatening you and hiding behind a deliberate misinterpretation of the law.

These guys are scum, scum with money.
They can make your life hell if they wish so maybe if you tell them to go fuck themselves you should do it with some diplomacy, but with solid firmness.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dominus vobiscus. spiritus sancti hiberniaae condemnus omniall. liberta maledicat. Ad dominum belonga omnia celium et terram. In nomine, vitam eternam per Gibsonius melus et sanctificus.

--Anno Domini

2:24 PM  

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