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Mel Gibson and Lance Armstrong: Social Outcasts

THESE two.

 

What happens to high profile friendships when careers implode? Two very different celebrities can answer that.

Mel Gibson has had several years to process his spectacular fall from grace.

Shortly after the Mad Max star’s darker side was revealed, Jodi Foster was one of the few entertainers to stand by Gibson. In September of 2010 Foster told More Magazine about Gibson:

“…he is easiest, nicest person I’ve ever worked with  — AND –  I will love this man for the rest of my life — AND — When you love a friend, you don’t abandon them when they are struggling — AND — I hope I can help him get through this dark moment.”

It is interesting to note that Gibson’s abusive tirade came right before the release of  The Beaver, a film directed by Foster. So Jodi’s apology tour was in part an attempt to salvage her own career prospects.

Madeleine Stowe from “Revenge”

So I was surprised to learn during an interview with Katie Couric, Revenge star Madeline Stowe agreed to talk about Gibson. In reference to the DUI arrest, misogynistic and anti Semitic comments and abusive threats to the mother of his child (I’m sure I missed something) Stowe states:

It’s not for me to assess what has been going on in his heart and in his mind…

Stowe, who co starred with Gibson in We Were Soldiers (2002) talks about the charity work that he and his ex-wife do through their foundation and goes on to say:

I can only tell you the Mel that I know, and that Mel is the same one other people [who] have worked with him know. He was probably one of the most wonderful people on the set ever, that you could ever imagine. He has been a very good friend to me. He is very tortured by what’s going on. I do not believe he’s an anti-Semite in my heart of hearts. I think that he’s a very complex, complex, deep individual, and I have remained his friend and I hope the best for him. He’s a real creative force, he’s a special man.”

I’ll just leave that there and move on to Lance Armstrong, whose scandal is fresh out the oven.
Earlier this month, after years of speculation about doping, Armstrong was banned from any sporting event governed by the World Anti Doping Agency and dropped by Nike. The 41-year old cyclist resigned from the chairmanship of his Livestrong charity but vowed to continue his work behind the scenes.
Arriving through a private entrance, Armstrong spoke at the cancer charity’s annual fundraiser last week. Many celebrities also skipped the normally packed red carpet. Long time Armstrong brah and fellow Austin resident Matthew McConaughey was a no-show entirely.
Sean Penn, ever the blowhard, rebel had this to say:
Let’s pause so I can suck my teeth and roll my eyes. I’m all for sticking around through thick and thin but where do you draw the line?
If it doesn’t involve you personally, exactly what kind of bad behavior would make you ditch a friend?