Tabloid Report

The Last of the Mojitos

What Everyone Is Talking About

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Only one week has passed since Mel Gibson's DUI arrest and his eyebrow-raising remarks. While much is already known about the events of that night, the whole debacle leaves the tabloids in search of answers to some pressing questions: Will he ever work in Hollywood again? Did he really mean what he said while completely wasted? Is he as crazy as he seems? With his booking papers and mug shot providing some nice art, the weeklies investigate Mel's meltdown.
All the tabs this week focused on Mel Gibson's arrest and the brewing crises facing other celebs.
All the tabs this week focused on Mel Gibson's arrest and the brewing crises facing other celebs.

Star offers a synopsis of what went down that night, from Mr. Gibson's arrest and an alleged coverup by the Los Angeles sheriff's department to his choice words for Jewish people as recorded in the police report. The only printable quote: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Yikes. In Touch provides its own exclusive, photos from that night provided by girls the actor partied with prior to his "fall from grace."

Though these tabloids attempted to bring their own angles to the scandal, the clear winner is Time Warner's TMZ.com, which broke the news last Friday. Its investigation and coverage was unparalleled, but that doesn't mean there wasn't enough for everyone else. Us Weekly goes inside the scandal and beyond, delving into Mr. Gibson's past tabloid-worthy troubles and allegations of anti-Semitism, anti-feminism and homophobia. It takes a serious look at the recent events and his battle with the bottle, as well as ABC dropping his production company's Holocaust memoir project. Us Weekly's website also encourages viewers to watch as the actor goes from "hunk to drunk" (or really just age) right before your eyes.

Voicing their thoughts for the tabloids were spokespeople from the Anti-Defamation League, Barbara Walters and Ari Emanuel, a Hollywood "power agent" (and Jew) who in HuffingtonPost.com wrote: "People in the entertainment community, whether Jew or gentile, need to demonstrate that they understand how much is at stake in this by professionally shunning Mel Gibson and refusing to work with him, even if it means a sacrifice to their bottom line."

What about the rest of us? Will we forgive him? The test will be when Mr. Gibson's next film, "Apocalypto," which he has written and directed, hits theaters this December.

Mr. Gibson is not alone in dealing with the repercussions of his behavior. Once-wholesome (when was that again?) Lindsay Lohan lands in the tabloids this week for excessive partying that has friends and even the top executive of the current movie she's filming worried. Thesmokinggun.com takes the celebrity cake from TMZ this time, featuring a letter from said exec chastising Lindsay for her lack of professionalism. Despite her recent behavior, we're pretty sure the in-demand star will still work in this town -- for now.
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