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New Antisemitic, Homophobic Accusations Surround Mel Gibson


Winona Ryder has opened up about experiencing antisemitism in Hollywood, describing comments that executives and fellow actors have made to her about her Jewish heritage. The 48-year-old spoke in a recent interview with U.K. paper The Times about one specific moment she says involved actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson.

Ryder recalled: “We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking, and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh, wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?'”

The actress, born Winona Laura Horowitz and identifies as Jewish, added to the paper that Gibson tried to apologize at a later date.

Antisemitism allegations and rants have followed Gibson for years. “Passion of the Christ,” the 2004 film he directed, was criticized for what it called a “blood-thirsty” depiction of Jews. and in 2006, Gibson made headlines when he was arrested for drunk driving and shouting “F*cking Jews,” among other comments, per The Los Angeles Times’ transcript of the arrest.

Gibson’s rep denies the allegations.