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."

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.