Actress Winona Ryder famously known for her roles in ‘Beetlejuice’ and the Netflix hit series ‘Stranger Things’ said she was passed over for a movie role because the studio head thought she looked “too Jewish” and Mel Gibson once asked her if she was an “oven dodger.”
Ryder talked about her experiences with anti-Semitism in Hollywood as part of a wide-ranging interview published in the London-based Sunday Times.
“There was a movie that I was up for a long time ago, it was a period piece, and the studio head, who was Jewish, said I looked ‘too Jewish’ to be in a blue-blooded family,” Ryder told newspaper.
“There are times when people have said, ‘Wait, you’re Jewish? But you’re so pretty!’”Winona Ryder
Mel Gibson Incident with Winona
The incident with Gibson, at a party in 1995, was first reported in an interview in GQ in 2010. Ryder said that when something came up in the conversation about Jews, the actor-director said, “You’re not an oven dodger, are you?” – a reference to the ovens that cremated the bodies of inmates in Nazi extermination camps. She added that Gibson later tried to apologize for the remark.
When questioned about her Jewish heritage Ryder said she is “not religious, but I do identify. It’s a hard thing for me to talk about because I had family who died in the camps, so I’ve always been fascinated with that time.”
There have been numerous occasions where Mel Gibson has stepped into some really deep shit. He’s said the word n****** when speaking about his ex possibly being raped for what she was wearing. I believe there was also tape regarding some type of abuse between the two.
Then you have the incident when he was arrested saying, “the jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” However, people forget that footage was actually sold by the cop who got paid off handsomely and was surprisingly never charged for a crime when that illegal in California if I’m not mistaken.
He was blacklisted for like nearly 10 years apparently, but he’s made a comeback and America loves a comeback, Mel has not made a fuck up since he’s been back and that’s a good thing. If he has made progress in his life and stopped or toned down the drinking those are steps forward for someone who has/had a severe drinking problem.
I am still a fan of Gibson and likely will be, and canceling Gibson now is stupid especially because it’s over and the incident took place 25 years ago. Also, the comparison between him and R. Kelley is idiotic. Kelley raped, abused, urinated on them, and continuously lured young women as sex slaves for his own personal enlightenment just up until recently. These are two different situations.
Should people get passed this since it’s old and he’s gotten better?