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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/ 7/2006

Comment Box: Mel, Mix Tapes and Love Between the Lines

By Liz Kelly

"For me, the key is whether I can continue to believe in them as a character in a movie. If I'm spending too much mental effort being skeezed out by Mel's anti-semitism or Tom's mental breakdown, I can't separate the actor from the character. I think I'm over it for both those guys." -- MKC on Mel Gibson, Past Rehabilitation?

Last week's Mel Gibson news inspired much heated debate in the comment threads, but MKC's terse explainer pretty much sums up the collective opinion about Gibson's future, at least with fans. Wednesday's poll results echoed this sentiment with 58 percent of respondents saying they would not pay to see future Gibson films.

"Man, this list is worse than getting one of these earworms stuck in your head. Gotta share a few more..." -- Sean on The Uncoolest Cuts

Believe it or not, the above is a compliment. More than 200 commenters overcame years of denial to share the songs buried deep within iPods and stashed away on brittle mix tapes, the songs that previously were confined to solo roadtrips and mirror dancing. Ray Stevens, Luther Vandross, Barry Manilow, Falco, Sean Cassidy, Wang Chung, the Carpenters -- just a handful of the artists who surfaced in the incredible listing of songs we now claim as must-have listening.

There was some debate over what constitutes uncool. A matter of opinion, surely, but it is scientifically proven that Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, David Bowie and the Kinks are not cheese.

An oft-repeated refrain from Washington-metro area readers was a lament for the changed format of oldies 100.3, which recently jettisoned most of it's '60s and '70s catalog. Hope someone out there in terrestrial radioland is paying attention because I'm not saying anything at all about how my satellite radio has 24/7 stations devoted solely to each decade from 1950 - 2000.

"My wife has been making up these knock-knock jokes all day using the word "urine" -- here's a good one that's relevant to the conversation. Knock knock? Who's there? Urine. Urine who? "You're in my heart, you're in my soul!" -- Sean comments on The Uncoolest Cuts

Perhaps for this Friday a list of uncool jokes?

"Liz, I think people are using these lists like a personals ad. I love it! You've done everyone a great service. Did anyone get a date out of this converstaion?" -- KateKat on The Uncoolest Cuts

Surely not.

"If the person posting under the name 'buried secretly in the ipod' is a 40-something man, I may be in love and consider proposing based on that song list." -- Terry in Maryland on The Uncoolest Cuts

On second thought, if anyone out there wants to cop to meeting a prospective paramour here in the Celebritology blog comments, e-mail me at We need to tawk.

"Who cares what we think? What does Paris Hilton think ab[o]ut all of this?" -- Only in America comments on Morning Mix: Jacko's Lawyers Quit

Channeling Paris: "That's hot."

By Liz Kelly  | August 7, 2006; 10:45 AM ET
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I can't wait to see Apocalypto. The truth is only anti-semitic to those with something to hide. Mel Gibson is an American so he can say whatever he wants. It's called 'Freedom of Speech', hate speech is just nonsense. Words can't hurt
Get a backbone, get some self confidence.

Posted by: Sugar Bits | August 7, 2006 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I guess people have forgotten about Jane Fonda and what she did during Vietnam... to me that was much worse and she still does movies. Years later she even apologizes to the Vets for her actions, some forgave, some didn't.

Posted by: Remember Jane Fonda! | August 7, 2006 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I still remember what Jane Fonda said, and it was before I was born. As a result, the only Jane Fonda movie I've ever seen was On Golden Pond, and my mom took me to see it with my sister and I'm not even sure if she's in it.

I hope Mel managed to get some anti-Semitism even into his Apocalypto movie.

Posted by: OD | August 7, 2006 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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