Winona Ryder, who is of Jewish decent and was born Winona Laura Horowitz, is speaking out on the anti semitism she has experienced in Hollywood.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, the iconic 90s actress, who starred in such films as Beetle Juice, Heathers and Edward Scissorhands, recalled her experiences with hateful rhetoric throughout her career.
“I have [experienced anti-Semitism] … in interesting ways,” she explained. “There are times when people have said, ‘Wait, you’re Jewish? But you’re so pretty!’ There was a movie that I was up for a long time ago, it was a period piece, and the studio head, who was Jewish, said I looked ‘too Jewish’ to be in a blue-blooded family.”
She then shared a story of a time when actor Mel Gibson, known for Lethal Weapon and Braveheart movies, used an anti-semitic comment toward her and a homophobic comment toward her gay friend.
“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?'” she alleges. “And then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?'”
Winona added that Mel did try to apologize to her years later.
Mel’s career began to fade in 2006 after Mel was arrested for driving under the influence and the arrest report was leaked, showing Mel’s a angry tirade against Jews. “…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. Are you a Jew?,” he asked the officer. He issued two apologies following the leak and appeared in a Diane Sawyer interview about his comments.
Mel made his return to film in 2016, with the film Hacksaw Ridge, which received Academy Award nominations,
Since the Winona’s story has come out, Twitter users are voicing their opinion about Mel’s anti-semitic and racist past.
“don’t want to rush to judgment after only 30 years of virulent anti-semitism, homophobia, and domestic abuse (yahtzee!), but i’m starting to think that Mel Gibson actually *isn’t* What Women Want.,” David Ehrlich wrote.
“Mel Gibson, despite being a racist, anti-Semitic domestic abuser (all on tape), still gets mainstream work in Hollywood,” added Yashir Ali.
Aside from starring in the successful Sci-Fii series Stranger Things on Netflix, Winona is currently starring in the television miniseries, The Plot Against America, airing on HBO.
don’t want to rush to judgment after only 30 years of virulent anti-semitism, homophobia, and domestic abuse (yahtzee!), but i’m starting to think that Mel Gibson actually *isn’t* What Women Want.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 23, 2020
Mel Gibson, despite being a racist, anti-Semitic domestic abuser (all on tape), still gets mainstream work in Hollywood https://t.co/LWb2oM7J3Q
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) June 23, 2020