August 7, 2006, - 2:11 pm

Hilarious: The Mel Gibson Friends That Keep on Giving; Patrick Swayze, Mid-East Scholar

By Debbie Schlussel
I really don’t think the Mel Gibson anti-Semitism story is that big of a deal. Hardly an earth-shattering event. We know he’s an anti-Semite, and that’s the end of the story.
But not for Mel. He just can’t give it up. He keeps trotting out the worst choices in friends to vouch for him “not being an anti-Semite.” Last week, there was “Rabbi” Jodi Foster of Eminem-rapping-lyrics-as-a-graduation-speech fame. As an admirer of Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, she was hardly the ideal choice as a Gibson defender.
Now, there’s “Dirty Dancer” Patrick Swayze, who also insists that Mel Gibson “is not anti-Semitic.” That’s the biggest acting gig Swayze can get, these days, apparently.

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Wait, is this the same Patrick Swayze who criticized President Bush and the War on Terror, claiming “I understand Arabs because I raise Arabian horses“? Why, yes it is. (My column on Middle East “scholar” Patrick Swayze’s airheaded comments here.) Is it the same airplane pilot Patrick Swayze who crashed a plane while drunk, then lied to police while he and his buddies tried to empty a 30-pack of Miller Lite? Why, yes it is.
Is it the same pan-Arabist, pan-Islamist Patrick Swayze, who wanted to play “The White Sheik“? (Fortunately, the movie was shelved, permanently.) Based on a book by Sheik Sultan Al Qassimi, ruler of Sharjah (one of the seven United Arab Emirates), the script was about Johannes Herman Poll, an American boy who was “adopted” (a/k/a kidnapped, held hostage, and forcibly converted to Islam) by an Arab couple to become a powerful 19th Century sheik.
Hmmm. . . . Maybe that’s how Patrick Swayze is such an expert on anti-Semitism. That and his experience “raising Arabian horses.”
Instead of pontificating on Mid-East policy and Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitism, Swayze should have stuck to acting. His career went downhill after “Red Dawn” and “North & South” (the Civil War miniseries). Remember “Road House“?
Hilarious. Come on, Mel. Give it up. This sorry lot of defenders is turning a week-long story into a several weeks-long farce.

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6 Responses

Hey Patrick, I understand Arabs very well because my Arabian horse just crapped on a hate manual book written in Arabic.

anonymous twit on August 7, 2006 at 4:22 pm

I’m still laughing over that quote: “I understand Arabs because I raise Arabian Horses!”. That’s one of the best Hollywood Half-Wit lines of all-time.
C’mon, Deb! Red Dawn rokked! Probably the pinnacle of Pat Swayze & C. Thomas Howell’s careers, Roadhouse was another stellar movie. Did you ever think that some 5’8″ dancer could unassumedly stroll into some hick, Kansas town and just kick every bad guy’s ass like Swayze did (Well, he did need Sam Elliott’s help for most of the brawls)?! What about “Point Break”?! You’ve gotta admit, the man could read the swell and the break better than anyone i’ve ever seen. Swayze made his voyage to the bottom when he did “Father Hood” and “To Wong Foo”.
I DID SAY HIS CAREER WENT DOWNHILL *AFTER* “RED DAWN” (AND “NORTH & SOUTH”). I KNOW ABOUT THE JAPANESE BECAUSE I DRINK GREEN TEA. NO, REALLY . . . .
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Yiddish Steel on August 7, 2006 at 4:49 pm

Swayze understands Arabs because he raises Arabian Horses ? Well that clears up a lot, now we know why these Morons believe there are 72 virgins waiting for them.
This makes perfect sense too, how stupid can Muslims be they keep picking a fight with Israel and keep getting their butts kicked, they are about as smart as horses, … Well maybe not.

mark on August 7, 2006 at 6:54 pm

Uhh, I agree with Yiddish Steel on this one, not only did Red Dawn rock (Debbie, I would think you’d *LIKE* that movie), but Dirty Dancing and Ghost came AFTER Red Dawn and they certainly weren’t bombs for him. “Roadhouse” was a dog, but I’d say his big downfall was after Ghost.
He is quite a loser in many ways, but just wanted to get the facts straight.

hairymon on August 9, 2006 at 11:50 am

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