Tyson is a great example of society’s goldfishdom. We stop remembering things after a while and they no longer matter. To be sure, some people will be outspoken critics of Tyson for the rest of his life, but by and large he’s been accepted back into the fold. He was on Ellen, for god’s sake. Ellen is the show mayonnaise and room temperature water would watch if they wanted to live dangerously.
The other side of this is, if Tyson really did change his life around, and he was punished as much as the state felt he needed to be punished, isn’t his slate wiped clean? And why is it so hard to tell one way or the other? Justice has to be something bigger than you or I. I’ve seen people literally call for the death of Nick Spencer, the writer who turned Captain America into a Nazi. Please don’t correct that and say he’s Hydra, not a Nazi because I’m not a 4-year-old who falls for coin-behind-the-ear tricks. Cap’s totally a Nazi, dude. But even so, Nick Spencer probably doesn’t deserve to be executed for that. And maybe that means Tyson deserves to be treated just like anyone else? But if that’s true then …
What the fuck is up with Mel Gibson? I loved Mel Gibson growing up. Lethal Weapon, Mad Max, Braveheart. I can literally sit for the full 78-hour running time of Braveheart any time it’s on TV. But nowadays when I do that, I always stop to wonder if maybe one of his inspirational speeches to get his fellow Scotsmen riled up had, in its first draft, a whole slew of racial epithets mixed in. Because Mel Gibson is super duper racist.
Mel has, on tape, dropped racial slurs against Jews, African Americans, Hispanics, probably anyone who isn’t Mel Gibson, really. And a lot of people tried to steer Gibson’s rampant shittery in one of two directions — he was a drunk so it’s not his fault or how could he be racist, he was in Lethal Weapon with Danny Glover?!? Both of those arguments are so bad that Jesus would throw an actual handful of shit in your face for saying them if he could. You do things when you’re drunk that you know you shouldn’t do, but not that you don’t want to do. Your judgement is impaired and you’re unable to say “No, this is a bad idea.” But it’s still your idea, they’re still your thoughts. Gibson is still racist. And that Lethal Weapon argument is just fucking stupid.