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

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.

Elisabeth Hasselback and Whoopi Goldberg

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!]"

Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster was quick to come to Mel's defense after each of his scandals. It's no wonder. Did you see their chemistry in Maverick? Foster explains her old friend saying, “He’s not a perfect person. He’s a complicated person. That’s why I love him. He’s not just some guy who wants to pose for GQ."

He'd might be the cover-boy for You Need A F*cking Bat In The Side of the Head Illustrated.

Dean Devlin

Dean Devlin stepped in to defend the star back in 2006 during his anti-Semitic scandal. The filmmaker, who is Jewish himself, pointed out the complicated nature of the issue due to the role alcohol played in that incident. "If Mel is an anti-Semite, then he spends a lot of time with us, which makes no sense. But he is an alcoholic, and while that makes no excuse for what he said, because there is no excuse, I believe it was the disease speaking, not the man."

Robert De Niro

Outspoken Hollywood's "always friendly all of the time" guy Robert De Niro offered kind words toward Gibson. When asked about the controversial star at a press conference, he commented, “I hope he gets through all this. It’s unfortunate, you know.”

That's the press conference equivalent of "sucks to be you!!"

Danny Glover

Mel alienated much of Hollywood when the shocking tapes with his racist and violent threats leaked to the Internet. However, his former Homicide partner proved he would stil drive up alongside Mel as he fights an evil ninja on a in-transit pre-fab home. Danny Glover spoke out to say, "I love Mel. That's my friend. He's had tough times. We've all had tough times."

"He also saved me from an exploding toilet. Does that sound like something a racist would do?"

Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips didn't seem too insulted by Mel when he cast him in a cameo role as a Tattoo Artist the guys must track down in The Hangover 2. But after opposition from the cast and crew, Phillips bowed to pressure and ousted Gibson from the role.

"He's one of our finest actors and, quite honestly, one of our finest directors. But The Hangover 2is a family and as much as I loved the idea, a lot of people didn't... I didn't want anything to come in between that family," Phillips said. The tattoo artist is described as "crazy" and "intense," "someone you're afraid to talk to."

Too bad. He sounds perfect for the part.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has only wished the best for Mel. Hoping that people treat him fairly and noting that he's only seen good sides of the actor. Then again, he's Sylvester Stallone. He's Rocky and Rambo. He's the last guy I'd want to piss off.

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze refused to let critics put Mel in the corner after his 2006 drunk-driving arrest. Having battled his own issues with alcohol, Swayze said, ""Mel is a wonderful human being. He is not anti-Semitic. People say stupid things when they happen to have a few (drinks), and especially if you don't drink anymore, or have limited your drinking for a long time and all of a sudden you decide to have one too many with the boys--you are stupid."

"Talent deserves to be honored. Hands deserve to be slapped if you do something stupid as well, but don't take it too far." This from the guy who rips out wrongdoer throats.

Those Chicks He Partied With

OK, these two aren't really celebrities, but it's not just a few Hollywood types who have banded behind Mel. Kimberly Lesak and Julie Smith, two women he partied with just hours before his 2006 arrest, stepped in to praise Gibson's character. "He was in a very good mood, very outgoing and very friendly, and to hear the accounts of the arrest, it just doesn't seem right," Lesak said.

Apparently the subject of her tits did not come up.

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