In an interview with The Sunday Times, Stranger Things star Winona Ryder was asked by the reporter asked if she has experienced any anti-semitism while working in the industry. Ryder, whose acting career has spanned over 30 years, had multiple stories to share.
Ryder shared an experience of anti-semitism was at a party where Mel Gibson was also in attendance. Although Ryder has shared this particular story previously, it’s made more of an impact in recent days.
Ryder said, “We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends… And Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get AIDS?’ And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?’”
Ryder said that Gibson ‘attempted’ to apologize later on. However, this is not the first instance of anti-semitism from Gibson.
In 2006, Gibson reportedly said “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!” during a DUI arrest.
He has since apologized for his remarks. “It was an unfortunate incident. I was loaded and angry and arrested. I was recorded illegally by an unscrupulous police officer who was never prosecuted for that crime. And then it was made public by him for profit, and by members of — we’ll call it the press. So, not fair. I guess as who I am, I’m not allowed to have a nervous breakdown, ever.”
However, in 2010, an audio recording surfaced of Gibson shouting racial slurs (including the n-word) at his then girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. While Gibson’s reputation has not fully recovered from this incident, his 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge was nominated for six Oscars.
Gibson has yet to respond to Ryder’s accusation.
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