Can the Mel Gibson reputation ever recover?

Mel Gibson is once again in the news, well this time again not for his celebrity image, but the ‘Brave Heart’ actor seems to have lost it all. Gibson has been accused of slapping his ex-girl friend, Oksana Grigorieva twice on her face. If this was not enough, then the recorded racial slurs made by Gibson has put him in probably the worst backlash ever.

The list of charges don’t end here, a former mistress, Violet Kowal also came out with revelation to a magazine that, due to the threats made by Gibson she was forced to leave town and go into hiding for a month. With his super-celebrity status, Gibson has got many controversies to his name; he even made anti-Semitic statements during an arrest, where he hurled racist obscenities at police officers.
The Oscar winning actor is facing a hard time battling it out with all the allegations and charges which has already tarnished his reputation, with plenty of bad press and anger. Though these charges may be a few months old, its damage is still hitting the star’s reputation badly.
Top 21 google search results for Mel Gibson

A glance at the chart and its plain that there are more negative contents and news about the star, with nothing much positive to report on Gibson these days.

At Reputation Management For.com, we feel this could be the end of the road for Mel in reputation terms. While people associated with him are probably re-thinking their ideas about him, Gibson needs to judge the situation well, before doing any further damage to his reputation. His legal and PR team has to settle all the allegations, before it ruins the celebrity status of the actor. If by any chance he comes out clean from all the charges, then he needs to go in for a well-structured reputation management plan to repair the lost reputation and rebuild a positive image among the masses. As Robert Einstein said “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value”.
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  • ProfessorJ

    I really think there is a certain politics to the attacks on Mel Gibson.

    First the claims that he has committed an act of domestic assault have yet to be investigated. The tabloid media which rendered an instant verdict may well have egg on its face in light of the statements of the Dentist. There are two competing interpretations: one Mel is a monster or his girlfriend is after money. Given the surrepititious way the tape was made there is more than a reasonable doubt that it is the girlfriend not Mel who is the villain of the peace. But it is certainly too early to render a verdict.

    Your statements about racism I strongly feel are misplaced. I have have spent most of my life representing people dealing with issues of race, writing about those issues , and teaching about those issues. I think to elevate Mel’s remark to national issue trivializes the true issues of racial injustice that get no attention. The tabloid seems to be after the N word remarks not out of any social or moral concern but out of a desire for sensationalism.

    They are playing a game of “gothca” with comments that were not made or intended for the public space. I would contrast that with remarks of the Governor of Arizona about mexican immigrants, with the remarks of Governor Barbour of West Virginia about slavery, of the politician who referred to Michelle Obama as a tar ball. Those comments deserve media attention. What Mel needs and what his girlfriend needs is pyschological intervention not legal proceedings.

  • ProfessorJ

    I really think there is a certain politics to the attacks on Mel Gibson.

    First the claims that he has committed an act of domestic assault have yet to be investigated. The tabloid media which rendered an instant verdict may well have egg on its face in light of the statements of the Dentist. There are two competing interpretations: one Mel is a monster or his girlfriend is after money. Given the surrepititious way the tape was made there is more than a reasonable doubt that it is the girlfriend not Mel who is the villain of the peace. But it is certainly too early to render a verdict.

    Your statements about racism I strongly feel are misplaced. I have have spent most of my life representing people dealing with issues of race, writing about those issues , and teaching about those issues. I think to elevate Mel’s remark to national issue trivializes the true issues of racial injustice that get no attention. The tabloid seems to be after the N word remarks not out of any social or moral concern but out of a desire for sensationalism.

    They are playing a game of “gothca” with comments that were not made or intended for the public space. I would contrast that with remarks of the Governor of Arizona about mexican immigrants, with the remarks of Governor Barbour of West Virginia about slavery, of the politician who referred to Michelle Obama as a tar ball. Those comments deserve media attention. What Mel needs and what his girlfriend needs is pyschological intervention not legal proceedings.