Robert Downey Jr. used his acceptance speech at The Cinematheque Awards to urge Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson. His Air America co-star suffered severe career setbacks after tapes were released in which he was making shockingly violent and racist threats against his baby mama.
Downey explained that Mel had been there for him back when he was in need of rehabilitation and now he wanted to return the favor. But he’s not the only one who has taken the extremely unpopular stance of defending Mel. Although, he is the only one to have worn black face. So, uh, dude… not helping.
Here’s a rundown of 11 other members of Team Mel.
Mickey Rourke confirmed his level of ain’t-caredness when he spoke out about the controversy surrounding The Mel Gibson Tapes. “Sh*t happens,” said Rourke. “I wouldn’t believe everything you hear … you know … I think he’s a good dude, you know. And ah, screw the bitch!”
Sounds like he thought the matter through.
Whoopi Goldberg drew fire by defending Mel Gibson’s racist rant on The View. “I don’t like what he did here, but I know Mel and I know he’s not a racist,” Goldberg said. “He may be a bonehead. I can’t sit and say that he’s a racist, having spent time with him in my house with my kids.” Her sharing of this viewpoint brought negative feedback from viewers. Goldberg then clarified that although she doesn’t condone his hate speech, she still considers him not to be racist.
She then played the race card by commenting, “Being a black woman, you would think people would give me some leeway [on spotting a racist!]”