Mel Gibson dropped as co-grand marshal of Mardi Gras parade

Mel Gibson has been dropped from a Mardi Gras parade’s lineup in New Orleans after organizers stated they’d acquired “threats” and cited security considerations.

The announcement was a fast reversal, coming simply hours after the Krewe of Endymion, the group behind the biggest Mardis Gras parade in New Orleans, had named him the co-grand marshal.

“The Krewe of Endymion has received significant feedback about our grand marshal announcement yesterday evening. Some of this commentary included threats that cause us great concern,” stated Dan Kelly, the krewe’s president, in a press release supplied to CBS affiliate WWL-TV in New Orleans. “In the best interest of the safety of our riders, special guests and everyone that welcomes us on the streets, Mel Gibson will not ride as a Co-Grand Marshal for our 2023 parade.”

Gibson, recognized for “Braveheart,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Passion of the Christ,” stays a controversial determine out and in of Hollywood after he verbally assaulted Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies with antisemitic and sexist insults in 2006. Then, in 2010, he threatened his then-girlfriend, singer-songwriter Oksana Grigorieva, with rape, utilizing the N-word. Later that 12 months, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery cost after assaulting Grigorieva.

The actor and director was largely shunned by Hollywood for a decade however was once more embraced for his 2016 conflict drama, “Hacksaw Ridge,” which garnered two Oscar wins and 4 different nominations.

Since then, Gibson has continued to star in films, most of them motion movies which were panned by critics and have rapidly left theaters.

Following Gibson’s elimination from the parade, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federation of Better New Orleans, the Better New Orleans Clergy and the Jewish Group Relations Council issued a joint assertion, saying they had been “appalled” that parade organizers had chosen Gibson as co-grand marshal to start with.

“Mel Gibson has a long history of making antisemitic, racist and misogynistic slurs,” the assertion learn. “While the actor has made half-hearted attempts to apologize for his remarks over the years, there is still a great deal of pain associated with his name and deep wounds in the Jewish community from those controversies, which may never heal.”

Endymion, named after the Greek mythological determine, is the biggest of the three Mardi Gras super-krewes in New Orleans. Scheduled for Feb. 18, the Endymion parade will proceed with Tulane College soccer head coach Willie Fritz as its grand marshal. Tulane, a personal college in New Orleans, upset higher-ranked USC at this 12 months’s Cotton Bowl, ousting the Trojans in a historic comeback.