August 07, 2006

Is Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” anti-Semitic?

Mel Gibson wanted Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrays Jesus, to appear physically Semitic.
Pictures of Jim Caviezel











Caviezel with a beard in another movie

To make Caviezel look Semitic in "The Passion of the Christ", Gibson directed that Caviezel wear a prosthetic nose and that his blue eyes be digitally changed to brown on film. Since Gibson is Christian, he worships Christ the Semite. Gibson's decision about Caviezel's physical appearance as Christ is plainly pro-Semitic.
Pictures of Jim Caviezel as Gibson’s Semitic Jesus


7 Comments:

Blogger 4HisChurch said...

I hadn't read this before, Father. Thanks for posting it.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

How true. Thanks Father.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

If Caviezel's appearance in the film is pro-semitic, is there some inference that Mel is not anti-semitic?

What makes a person anti-semitic anyway? Is it one's beliefs or behaviors? Based upon Mel's behavior, I'd have to think he is anti-semitic.

I hope his stated desire to reform is genuine.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

What we know as an incontrovertible fact about Gibson's anti-Semitism is that while drunk he made anti-Semitic statements. That's all we know as an incontrovertible fact.

Everything else is conjecture.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

"The Passion of the Christ" was a meditation on the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

For those who saw it that way, there was only one character in the movie, Jesus, and His suffering because of our sins was what was being portrayed on the screen.

For those who went to watch a movie where 95% of the actors play Jewish roles, some of whom were historically villains, of course it would be anti-semitic, because that's all they could see.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

For a Catholic, another name for the movie is simply, "The Way of the Cross."

2:20 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Whether or not Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic, I think his movie should not lose any credibility. I thought the attitude of the Jewish leaders in the movie was actually tamer than John's Gospel.

11:26 PM  

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