It's long been a habit of Oscars hosts to gently (and sometimes not-so-gently) razz on the actors and actresses in the audience. The jokes are funny, and their reactions are priceless, but there's one particular attendee at tonight's Academy Awards that twitter is not interested in seeing: Mel Gibson.
In 2006, a series of phone calls between the actor and his ex-girlfriend were released. "You look like a fucking bitch in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of [racial expletive] it’ll be your fault. All right? Because you provoked it," he's heard yelling. "[You're] a fucking little girl with a fucking dysfunctional cunt... You need a fucking bat in the side of the head."
A year later, he plead no contest to domestic assault.
Yet, somehow, not only is he still getting work, he's getting praise for the work. His past misdeeds, which are serious and unforgivable, instead become the playful butts of jokes. Then we have to watch him giggle at the Oscars about it? No thank you.
Luckily, Twitter is holding him accountable even if Hollywood won't. While it's not much, it's an important reminder that viewers will never let his history slide.
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