Jim Lippard has some amusing excerpts from a Playboy interview (though I have it on good authority that Jim reads it only for the articles) with Mel Gibson. It’s an interview that leaves you wondering why on earth someone would put such stupidity on display in public. To wit:
PLAYBOY: So you can’t accept that we descended from monkeys and apes?
GIBSON: No, I think it’s bullshit. If it isn’t, why are they still around? How come apes aren’t people yet? It’s a nice theory, but I can’t swallow it. There’s a big credibility gap. The carbon dating thing that tells you how long something’s been around, how accurate is that, really? I’ve got one of Darwin’s books at home and some of that stuff is pretty damn funny. Some of his stuff is true, like that the giraffe has a long neck so it can reach the leaves. But I just don’t think you can swallow the whole piece.
If you run into anyone over the age of 14 who actually wonders why apes are still around if evolution is true, you can be quite sure that you’re dealing with either an idiot or an ignoramus. Those are really the only two choices. The remark about carbon dating, which has precisely nothing to do with evolution, is further evidence of rank ignorance. And when it turns to politics, it gets worse:
GIBSON: I really believe that. He was a Rhodes scholar, right? Just like Bob Hawke. Do you know what a Rhodes scholar is? Cecil Rhodes established the Rhodes scholarship for those young men and women who want to strive for a new world order. Have you heard that before? George Bush? CIA? Really, it’s Marxism, but it just doesn’t want to call itself that. Karl had the right idea, but he was too forward about saying what it was. Get power but don’t admit to it. Do it by stealth. There’s a whole trend of Rhodes scholars who will be politicians around the world.
PLAYBOY: This certainly sounds like a paranoid sense of world history. You must be quite an assassination buff.
GIBSON: Oh, fuck. A lot of those guys pulled a boner. There’s something to do with the Federal Reserve that Lincoln did, Kennedy did and Reagan tried. I can’t remember what it was, my dad told me about it. Everyone who did this particular thing that would have fixed the economy got undone. Anyway, I’ll end up dead if I keep talking shit.
I’ll take paranoid conspiracy theories for $1000, Alex. Mel, I’ve got some advice for you. If your father is a holocaust denier and a nutball, as yours is, it’s probably best not to swallow what he tells you uncritically.