Friday, July 16, 2010

Time to Boycott Mel (from Emily)

Radaronline has finally come forward with some of the racist audio they keep talking about. In fact, it comes in part 1, part 2, and part 3! If you choose to listen to the audio, please be forewarned that it contains some pretty harsh language and some pretty hateful sentiments.

Please also note how Mel refuses to take responsibility for any of his own behavior. Everything he did he says is because of her - she made him do what he did, and she deserved  what he did. His wife leaving him was her fault, and he does not feel personally responsible for cheating on his wife. Refusing to take responsibility for one's own behavior is a key sign of abuse. Abusers frequently try to excuse their own behavior (if they admitted what they were doing they'd be racked with guilt, after all) by projecting their own bad choices back onto the very people they've hurt.

Am I assuming Mel is nothing but evil and Oksana is a saint in all this? No. Even victims and survivors of abuse make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. But whatever Oksana has or hasn't done, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Mel is an abusive person. Even without the evidence to suggest physical abuse, it's pretty clear he's verbally, emotionally, and psychologically abusive.  I, for one, will never allow my capitalist dollars to endorse another film with him in it, and I urge you to do the same.

And if this post makes me one of those bloggers Whoopi Goldberg is so upset about, so be it.

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