Following Winona Ryder’s recent allegations that Mel Gibson made a twisted, anti-Semitic comment to her, Seth Rogen posted a tweet implying that the Australian actor and filmmaker is a Holocaust denier, like his father Hutton Gibson.
By United with Israel Staff
“I’m only surprised by Mel Gibson’s ‘oven dodger’ comment because it acknowledges the Holocaust actually happened,” tweeted Seth Rogen on Tuesday.
Rogen’s tweet referenced a recent interview in the Sunday Times with Jewish actress Winona Ryder, who claimed that Gibson asked her at a party whether she was an “oven dodger,” a slur popular with anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers that refers to the ovens the Germans used in World War II to cremate the bodies of the Jewish victims they murdered during the Holocaust.
Ryder made similar allegations about Gibson in a 2010 GQ feature.
Gibson’s history of anti-Semitism includes an inebriated tirade in 2006 while he was being arrested for driving under the influence. During that incident, Gibson cursed, “F–ing Jews!”
He continued, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,” asking a sheriff’s deputy, “Are you a Jew?” Gibson later apologized.
I’m only surprised by Mel Gibson’s “oven dodger” comment because it acknowledges the Holocaust actually happened.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 23, 2020
Gibson produced the 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ,” which perpetrated anti-Semitic tropes.
“The Jews … are depicted as blood-thirsty. The Jewish High Priest, Caiaphas, is shown as bullying Pilate,” explained the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) around the time of the film’s release. “Hundreds and hundreds of amassed Jews” are also portrayed as “demanding Jesus’ death.”
Gibson’s father, Hutton, is a confirmed Holocaust denier who has ranted about “a Masonic plot backed by the Jews” and supports fellow notorious Holocaust-denier Fredrick Töben.
In 2004, Hutton Gibson claimed “that ‘most of’ what historians say about the Holocaust is ‘fiction,'” claiming “6 million Jews weren’t killed during World War II,” ABC reported in 2007.
According to the elder Gibson, “They claimed that there were 6.2 million in Poland before the war, and they claimed after the war there were 200,000 — therefore he must have killed 6 million of them. They simply got up and left! They were all over the Bronx and Brooklyn and Sydney, Australia, and Los Angeles.”
The ABC report on the Gibsons notes, “Mel Gibson has refused to say whether he agrees with his father’s views. ‘My dad taught me my faith, and I believe what he taught me,’ Mel Gibson told Reader’s Digest in 2003. ‘The man never lied to me in his life.'”
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