“This is perhaps one of the most insulting films ever made. [Director] Mel Gibson is standing on the edge of the cliff; one more false move, and his career is history.” -Kenneth Turan, Philadelphia Enquirer


“Although Gibson does not clearly state it, the presence of anti-Semitism is still there.” -Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News


“Unrelentingly anti-Semitic, excessively grotesque, and overly narrow in its scope.” -Mac Verstandig, The Badger Herald


“Can you guys seriously just shut the hell up?!” -Roy Chi


I think Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” is one of the first films in history to receive such unnecessary, incredibly ridiculous accusations of anti-Semitism. I mean, I have absolutely nothing against Jewish people, but seriously, I think you guys need to stop portraying yourselves as always being the victim. Let me get one thing straight before I come off as sounding ignorant or insensitive: I have the utmost respect for the history of the Jewish people. But honestly, almost every ethnicity, every culture, has endured long periods of war, suffering, and exploitation. Countless people have been tortured and murdered, countless cities have been razed and destroyed, countless societies have been overturned and invaded. The Holocaust, as important of a milestone in history as it is, is still only a glimpse in the centuries and centuries of war. Now, in no way am I trying to alleviate the seriousness and the importance of the Holocaust, but what I am trying to say is that you are not alone in this world of victims.


With that said, I will try to point out all the reasons why “The Passion of the Christ” is NOT anti-Semitic, and why there should exist absolutely NO controversy whatsoever. First off, and perhaps most importantly, Jesus was put on this Earth as a part of God’s plan. And in that plan, Jesus was chosen to die for the sins of humanity. To say that “Jews killed Jesus” is probably one of the most ignorant things you can say. Jews did not kill Jesus and the Romans did not kill Jesus — if anything, our collective sins killed Jesus. For had it not been for the existence of sin, history would have been much more different. So to accuse Mel Gibson of portraying Jews as this angry mob of murderers, is to completely misunderstand the purpose of the Passion.


Also, in the film, although the Jewish high priests were adamant in the crucifixion of Jesus, the Romans were not portrayed so lightly either. In fact, it was the Roman guards who conducted the torturing and the crucifixion of Jesus; and during the torturing, they were depicted as being just as, if not more, heartless and violent than the Jews. Many of the Jewish citizens were also the ones to cry out in pain for Jesus as he was carrying the cross. There should be no reason to feel that the Jews were depicted as being any more heartless than the Romans.


Mel Gibson is a filmmaker, and one of the best priveleges that a filmmaker has is the freedom to creatively and personally create worlds and images based on his own perspectives and teachings. To criticize a director for producing a film based on his religious beliefs is to be intolerant of his religion, especially one as biblically accurate as “The Passion of the Christ.” I think, with all religion aside, the golden rule of Hollywood should be: “If you are offended, don’t watch it. If you think it’s depicted wrongly, then create one yourself.” Just don’t stand up in outrage everytime Jews are even slightly depicted in a light other than as a victim. If that occurred with all cultures, then every movie would cause a controversy. 


 

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~ by roychi on March 1, 2004.

7 Responses to “”

  1. :standing ovation:
    roy chi, u couldnt have said it ne better. seriously sum ppl need to juss stfu and stop callin themselves the fuckin vicitms. if we’re talkin bout victims here, JESUS is the victim. we should juss shuttup about our petty little problems and open our eyes to the ultimate sacrifice JESUS made for US because HE loved US that much. and HE died on that cross for US and for OUR sins. im not by ne means tryna be racist, but the bitchin needs to stop. cuz this movie was in no way tryna point fingers on ne one. it was more of a wake up call for all of us.  

  2. omg seriously… can those jews seriously just shut the fuck up… they’re not the fuckin victims in that film… its christ. missing the whole damn point those self-centered bastards

  3. Hey man!  Guess whoo.. its yur neighbor gracee frm downstairs. =)  Long time no see huh!Well, interesting xangas you have.  Must be the only one with any content to it rather than bLabbing on about their day (like mines does). =)

  4. “Americans have profound respect for religion, and the genius of Mel Gibson is that he has marketed this film as a spiritual experience. It masquerades as a sacred work of art, a Hollywood production disguised as the holy wood of the cross.” – Rabbi Benjamin BlechOK, thats just messed up. “Marketing”? “Masquerading”? Now when I hear those words, I instantly associate “Ulterior Motives” or “Deception”. It’s pretty sad that the only thing this Jew can think of when seeing this movie is not Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice, but the film’s hidden motives and marketing ploy.

  5. HI ROY its jess youn how are u? nice essay u got going here… i havent watched the movie… so i cant comment. :-/ but im sure that you got ur point across most eloquently to all those misinformed ppls out there. k ttyl~! take care man

  6. HEY ROYYYYY 😉 .  VERRRRRY WELL PUT~!!!! i HAVEN’T SEEN iT YET. i’M GOiNG TO TONiGHT. BUT SERiOUSLY…LEAVE THE ARTiST ALONE. UGH!!

  7. That movie was kinda scary~ -.-

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