By People Staff
September 04, 2006 12:00 PM


“Mel stumbled and fell, but we’ve all made mistakes and need forgiveness. Why should he be different?”

Lori Netherton

Houston, Texas

So Mel Gibson made a mistake and said some things he shouldn’t have said and did not mean. Come on, who hasn’t? The devoted father and husband has an illness. He made some poor judgments while under the influence of alcohol, but he immediately apologized. He is ashamed for what he did. Isn’t that enough punishment? Doesn’t he deserve a second chance? No one is perfect. I, for one, will always stand behind Mel Gibson. I’ve learned to forgive. Why can’t everyone else?

Susanne Ruden

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

He drank, he got drunk, and he got stupid. If stupidity in Hollywood were a crime, jails would be full and there would be no entertainment industry. Let the legal system do its job. Accept his apology and get on with it. There are worse things happening in the world than this.

Pat Wilson

West Chicago, Ill.

Is it just me or does it seem that people are not getting the bigger picture? Is Gibson saying offending words under the influence more important than him driving 87 mph in a 45 mph zone under the influence? Those words he said while drunk may have hurt feelings, but they could not have actually killed somebody. Let’s get over the fact that he might not like everybody when he is drunk and focus on the fact that he needs help. While I don’t share Mr. Gibson’s opinion, he sure is entitled to one.

Claudia Jones

Sanford, N.C.

It’s amazing how the truth comes out when you throw a little alcohol into the mix, isn’t it? Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic statements were deplorable and disgusting. As a Christian and as a consumer, I will no longer support Gibson. I can forgive his words, but I will not forget. When it comes time to open my wallet to buy a movie ticket or purchase a DVD, if Mel Gibson’s name is anywhere on the production, my wallet will stay firmly closed.

Lori H. McKinnon

Plano, Texas

Drunk, vindictive, bigoted and foul-mouthed…. Looks like you’ve found your first Un-Sexiest Man Alive cover boy.

Mary Reiff

Fair Oaks, Calif.


Let me get this straight: Kid Rock’s ex-girlfriend caught the bouquet and Pamela Anderson‘s sons were not present at their mother’s “unofficial” wedding. She then ripped off her dress to flaunt a “Just Married” sign on the back of her bikini and joined her husband in a karaoke version of “Sympathy for the Devil.” And the guests raved about what a spectacular wedding it was. Are we being punk’d?

Donna Cordello

Penfield, N.Y.


I was appalled at movie exec James G. Robinson’s letter to Lindsay Lohan regarding her frequent absences from work. Heaven forbid someone tell her to act in a professional manner while working on her movie. What’s next, enforcing the legal drinking age?

John McDonald

Scarborough, Maine


Readers were touched by the story of Nicole Morales, the New Orleans high school senior who temporarily lost her home to Hurricane Katrina, moved in with a friend’s family in Manlius, N.Y., and was named prom queen at her new school. “I appreciate Nicole’s heartfelt journal entries that are so similar to my own,” writes Jarmay Z. of St. Bernard, La. “I know if a girl living thousands of miles from everything she’s known can accomplish her dreams, then I can too.” Many readers were also hopeful for Morales’s future at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Writes Melissa Sullivan of Suffield, Conn.: “Best of luck at GWU. I am sure that you will once again do yourself and your mother proud.”