Sunny Days in Heaven
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Monday, February 16, 2004  

Diane Sawyer

I just finished watching ABC TV's Primetime show with Mel Gibson on his movie. You wonder how someone who mentions that 82% of this country is Christian can be as obtuse as Diane.

She interviewed Gibson as if he was a man from Mars with exceptionally bizarre beliefs.

She seemed to lead with the notion that Christianity's central tenet is that Jews are the enemy whom Christians wish to punish; and that any telling of the Gospel story will lead to persecution of Jews.

Gibson deftly countered that he watched Schindler's List but didn't end up with an abiding and undying hatred of Germans. And that any movie which might illustrate one group's inhumanity to another group inevitably leads to endless animosity was absurd.

I was rather amazed at Gibson's willingness to expose his feelings about God, and his salvation from abject despair and sin before such a cold and cynical skeptic as Sawyer.

It was on behalf of his film, of course, and Mel's a big boy, as they say, yet his vulnerability and humility was moving. I can't say the same for ABC.

Still, at the very end Sawyer claimed that all the crew and she herself had learned much from doing this story. The nod to humility rang false as it was parsed in the language of self-service -- aren't we sensitive after all?

Mel was simply promoting his movie and defending it, yet it were a little bit like appearing before Pilate himself. The rancid nihilism of ABC and its talking head was all too apparent throughout.

It is one thing to be doubtful, but another to be hostile. Fortunately, the message that Gibson had to express tends to overcome even the arrogance of fools.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:18 PM |