Statement in Response to Actor Mel Gibson's Racist Rant

New York, NY, July 1, 2010 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued a statement in response to reports that Hollywood actor Mel Gibson engaged in a racist rant that included the n-word and other obscenities in an exchange with his ex-girlfriend caught on tape.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said:

Most people who hate one group hate another.  Not only has Mel Gibson shown himself to be an anti-Semite, he's a racist.

A bigot is a bigot is a bigot.  We have found before that if a person is bigoted against one group, they are usually bigoted against many. Mel Gibson just makes that point. Who knows who else he hates."

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.