Ari Emanuel is a well-known "superagent" in Hollywood who has been blogging on Huffingtonpost over the last year, and is often reasonable in his blogs. However, it seems the Israeli invasion of Lebanon has him sipping the Flavor Aide from Jonestown. Huh?
Cut-to-now: Mel Gibson makes anti-Semitic remarks (while intoxicated) after being pulled-over by the Orange County Sheriff's Department, saying such racist gems as, "The Jews have started every war", and "Are you a Jew?!" to the arresting officers. It's obvious he was intoxicated and anti-Semitic, sigh.
Cut-to a close-shot of Ari Emanuel's photo on Huffpo: The "superagent" (this guy must be an unknown arch-nemesis of mine) calls for a banning of Mel Gibson from Hollywood, demanding that people there stop working with Mel altogether--OK, I've caused some mayhem in my days as an arch-fiend, but this is just hypocritical.
"Why?", you ask? Here's why: Ari Emanuel's brother was a "top advisor to President Bill Clinton" during the 1990s. "Soooooo?", you're saying, as you ponder the information. Ahhhh, here's the whole rub, folks, from imdb:
The youngest of three brothers, Mr. Emanuel grew up in [a] Chicago household headed by a pediatrician (his father) and a psychiatric social worker (his mother). He learned to be competitive from his brothers, Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist and chairman of the department of clinical bioethics at the Warren G. Magnusson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health and Rahm Emanuel, a top white house advisor to President Bill Clinton. His career began as an assistant to Robert Lantz, the veteran New York agent who represented Milos Foreman. He moved to Los Angeles in 1987 landing a job in the mail room [Ed.--Where he should have remained, for life.] of the Creative Artists Agency.Coming from what he felt was a place of moral superiority, Mr. Emanuel rightly criticized Mr. Gibson for his anti-Semitic remarks. If it had ended there, that would have been fine. But no, he didn't end it there.
He called for a removal of Mel Gibson from the Hollywood scene altogether.
"Yeah, but what does that have to do with Clinton's bombing of civilian-infrastructures in 1990s Iraq," you're asking? Simple, the brothers Emanuel probably did nothing in trying to dissuade Clinton from causing the deaths of an entire generation of Iraqi children--nada--and they had direct-access to the president. They're petty and hypocritical regarding their take on Mel Gibson.
Would it have worked? I doubt this, but I would like to know if they ever tried, since they have had direct-access to the halls of power...
[Ed., 11.08.2008: I'd imagine that the Emanuels wanted the air strikes on Iraq in the interests of Israeli security. The problem is, Iraq was never a serious threat to them, and everyone knows it. The only good thing you can say about these two clowns is that they "get the job done." So did Jewish-collaborators at Auschwitz, dragging their brothers and sisters to the gas chambers.]