Mel Gibson: I feel sorry for Tiger Woods
Hollywood leading man and tabloid lightning rod Mel Gibson told Britian's The Daily Mail that the Tiger Woods scandal has been overblown and has diverted attention from more important news events.
'I feel sorry for Tiger Woods,' he says. 'Why are we talking about this when we're sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan? You've got this history-changing event going on and we're talking about Tiger's private life and golf injuries. He's being used as a diversion and it just drives me crazy. You come out savaged. I just think, 'Who cares?'
Gibson speaks from experience. The Australian actor is a gossip-column mainstay and became the first of TMZ's celebrity scalps when the upstart entertainment news organization reported that Gibson made anti-Semetic remarks after being arrested for suspected drunk driving in California in 2006. Gibson later apologized for his comments, and he has some advice for weathering difficult times which might apply to Woods as well.
"Nobody is without sin. You have to try to make amends if you can. You have to shut up and move on and not whine about it. And you have to deal with it like a man."
"And that's it," Mel Gibson says. "Whatever fallout comes from it, be it fair or unfair, you've just got to accept your own culpability. The minute you start whining, it's ridiculous."