Beavers, Mental Illness, Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson and Domestic Violence

Well my darling scribes, today our plate is full and our cup does indeed runneth over. Once again we have to look no further than Hollywood for this abundance of morsels on which to chew. Where oh where do we begin? Lets start with Jodie shall we?

Jodie foster began her career as a child actor, first as a coppertone kid in commercials then as the requisite child character in several 1970’s prime time television series such as Medical Center, Gunsmoke, Adam 12 etc. This went on for a number of years until she made the transition into adolescent roles such as The Little Foxes, Freaky Friday, Bugsy Malone and The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane. Her most controversial role was in the film Taxi Driver where she portrayed a 12 year old prostitute opposite Robert De Niro. At the time it was a major scandal but, as is always the case with anything connected to Hollywood, it blew over eventually but not until it had garnered enough press for the film to take in a hefty amount of cash. Jodie’s career choices had now become defined by this one role; edgy, arty and not afraid to take creative risks for the sake of her craft. To most ‘normal’ people on this planet however, it was out and out child exploitation. Oddly, it was this role which would come back to haunt her after Ms. Foster stepped off the Hollywood treadmill to attend Yale, an ivy league university to live her life and fine tune her intellect.

It was at this time that John Hinckley Jr. became obsessed with her after seeing Taxi Driver a number of times until eventually this obsession was expressed in his stalking her on the Yale campus before it culminated in his asassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.  Hinckley’s purpose was to impress Jodie Foster. Not long after she was stalked by another man on the Yale campus who intended to do her harm but later decided against killing her because she was too attractive. At this juncture you are probably wondering what all this has to do with Beavers. A great deal as it happens. You see, Ms. Foster has recently made a movie with a man who has come to be known for his penchant for violence against women, anti semitic rants, sexist beliefs and anti gay religious convictions. Of course I’m referring to none other than Mel Gibson, the star of her newly released movie entitled “The Beaver.”

It is fascinating that Ms. Foster decided to cast such a nasty and unstable actor to star in her film, given her past unsettling contact with individuals who also had no regard for boundaries, the rights of others or the law. In fact, it is decidedly disturbing to think that this woman who has been lauded for her brilliance and talent is too stupid to see that she has been had by the oldest trick in a misogynist’s book. Jodie Foster may indeed be intellectually above average but emotionally she is barely out of kindergarten. Jodie has been hoodwinked by the old “I’m a man in pain and I need you to save me because I had a crappy childhood and no one understands me like you do” line. Lets delve deeper into the machinations of Ms. Foster’s professional/personal association with Mr. Gibson shall we? Aside from having appeared in the film Maverick with him several years ago, I feel it’s important to understand her rationalization for casting Gibson as a mentally ill man in The Beaver. In doing so perhaps we can glean an understanding of her perspective on violence against women and children, as she has now made it her business to take a stand on behalf of Gibson. This alliance may at  first glance appear to be a gushing expression of loyalty but it is probably more akin to monetary interests of the investment type.  Let me explain and expand.

You see, our notoriously private Jodie Foster has shocked us all by suddenly becoming very public in her exaltations for Mel Gibson. She has waved her banner of friendship and loyalty for all to see. She has made a point of making the following statements to the press in advance of the release of her film The Beaver to have an impact:

“He’s so incredibly loving and sensitive, he really is, “he is the most loved actor I have ever worked with on a movie. And he’s not saintly, and he’s got a big mouth, and he’ll do gross things your nephew would do. But I knew the minute I met him that I would love him the rest of my life.”

“God, I love that man,” Foster says. “The performance he gave in this movie, I will always be grateful for. He brought a lifetime of pain to the character that we’ve been talking about for years, that I knew was part of his psyche and who he is. It’s part of him that is beautiful and that I want people to know, too. I can’t ever regret that.”

Really Jodie?  You really feel that he is like someone’s cuddly nephew? Are you certain he is beautiful in his psyche? Honestly?

Gee, I don’t know about you lovely scribes, but I smell a big stinking pile of bullshit and the following statements made by this ‘beautiful man’ could be the source of the odor:

In reference to a Latino woman who worked for Oksana, the mother of his child and the woman he physically assaulted he says this:  “I will report her to the fucking people that take fucking money from the wetbacks.”

He made this statement to an arresting officer: “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

This was said to Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his child while on the phone with her: “You look like a f*****g pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n*****s, it will be your fault…This is my last message. I might be the father…Well f*** you…You psyche c**t. Because I don’t care.”

He said this to Oksana Grigorieva when threatening her on the phone: “You need a f**king bat in the side of the head. I’ll put you in a f **kin rose garden you c**t! You understand that? Because I’m capable of it. You understand that?”

He has used gay slurs and racist slurs against African Americans, Jewish people and Latinos. He has assaulted his pregnant girlfriend and generously declared his belief in gender inequality as well as his very crude and opinion of gay women. If in doubt Jodie, just ask Winona Ryder what he said to her at a party. 😉 His defense is that he is bipolar, alcoholic and in need of understanding. He has nothing wrong with him that a long stint in a penal institution wouldn’t cure.

My suggestion lovely scribes, although it is completely up to you as free thinking individuals is to boycott this film. It is an exploitation of mental illness and a promoter of the career of a serial woman abuser and a racist pig who has too much money and power to ever actually pay for his crimes. As a feminist and a survivor of abuse I’m offended all over the place as well as disgusted by Jodie Foster putting her monetary interests first and her role as a gay woman last. She must fear losing a  significant amount of money on this movie because of Gibson’s behavior to have stooped so low as to don this mask of ‘friendship’ for a man who has clearly humiliated yet another woman, a powerful and talented gay woman at that.

I believe Jodie has just graduated from that emotional kindergarten I mentioned earlier. Lets see how well she does in the first grade when this movie flops. Welcome to reality Jodie, take a seat and get comfortable.



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Author: valo

I am a poet, writer and activist with a special interest in human rights for children and women as well as the elimination of poverty worldwide. If you read this today, feed someone locally for me will you? Drop off a non perishable food item at the food bank nearest you and consider yourself hugged. Thank you!

10 thoughts on “Beavers, Mental Illness, Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson and Domestic Violence”

  1. I should imagine the critics are lining up with their pens sharpened at the previews. I hope so. I cannot stand these inadequacies in ‘celebrity’ women that publicly support ahole men. But it happens oh so too often.

    1. I agree Kiersty and the fact that she pretends to be this strong liberated woman is of course bullshit. I had forgotten a news item about her not so long ago that someone mentioned in an online news rag about her attacking a kid with a camera in the parking lot of a store. The parents were going to press charges for assault etc. I suppose this is why she like old Mel eh? The both have a penchant for getting nifty with their mitts. Nice mask Jodie wears I guess.

  2. Thank you for such an interesting post, Val. Mel Gibson is not and never has been my ‘cup of tea’, but I have always had a lot of time for Jodie Foster. I must say you write extremely well! I particularly enjoyed your likening Mel to an apple with a brown spot.

    1. Thank you adeeyoyo 🙂 Jodie is a disappointment to me too both as a woman and a human being. Some people will do anything for a buck, including praising the apples with the brown spots. I truly appreciate your visit and comment my dear!

    1. Thank you Gabe, for boycotting this crap. 🙂 Thank you also for the lovely compliment, which has made my day because what I desired more than anything from the time I was eleven was to attend Ryerson, get my degree and become a journalist. Unfortunately kids from my side of the tracks don’t make it to university. Oh well, my daughter will and that is even better. 🙂

    1. Neither have I Stafford. I think this is probably because his portrayal was eerily close to his true persona. Mel is like an apple with a brown spot: it keeps spreading until you can’t ingore the rot anymore and the fruit decays.

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