Rapper Willie D Takes Off On Mel Gibson For Maccabee Role & Tea Party For Laughing At The Poor

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Ex-front man Willie D of the legendary rap group the Geto Boys had a lot to say about Mel Gibson’s planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee and morals of the controversial Republican group the Tea Party.

The biggest problem with some in America is we don't care about each other and we look down on those who have less.

Willie D, formerly of the Geto Boys, the groundbreaking rap group known for their socially conscious and abrasive lyrics, didn’t appreciate members of the Tea Party laughing at uninsured Americans dying because they can’t afford health-care nor does he accede to Mel Gibson becoming director and/ or star of a new movie intended to capture the life of Judah Maccabee, a Jewish hero who led the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire.

The internationally, respected rapper recently took to his twitter account @WillieDLive saying:

“This to me – Gibson's insensitivity to the Jewish community- is indicative of Mel's sense of entitlement like members of the Tea Party who believe that if a 30 year old in the U.S. rolls into the emergency room in need of medical help and they're uninsured they should be left to die!”

Prominent Jewish leaders are also speaking out against Mel Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned release. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti Defamation League, who criticized Gibson’s controversial 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in response to the news.

“Judah Maccabee deserves better. He is a hero of the Jewish people and a universal hero in the struggle for religious liberty. It would be a travesty to have his story told by one who has no respect and sensitivity for other people’s religious views,” Foxman tells THR of the project, which is being co-developed by Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas.

Willie D was even more direct. “I'm the first one to fight for freedom of speech but Mel Gibson is a trip! He has declared cinematic war on the Jews. Whether he was right or wrong, it's not what you do it's how you do it. Not saying he needs permission to earn a living but it's a little thing called common sense. If you're going to shoot a multi-million dollar movie about Jews and Jews aren't supporting it then who are you shooting it for? What's the big deal with just getting an understanding? That makes me think something more sinister is going on. If someone has a problem with me, let's address. Respect the code. He doesn’t even have enough respect to just sit and talk to the Jewish community and explain his position. That ain't cool.”

During the Tea Party debate last Tuesday, hosted by CNN, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked Ron Paul if we should just let a hypothetical 30 year old without health insurance die, and someone shouted “Yes!” to much applause from those in attendance. Willie D responded by calling the Tea Party a group totally out of touch with everyday people. He then stated that the biggest problem with some in America is we don't care about each other and we look down on those who have less:

“We hate anyone that doesn't look like us or think like us. We neglect our elderly - the ones who built this country - and we neglect our children. That's why kids are going into schools with a shoot'em up bang, bang mentality! THEY ARE IN PAIN. That's why when someone loses their job they go postal and shoot everybody... because no one cares anymore. It's every man for himself. That's why every major reality TV show's ratings are driven by conflict & hatred. These shows are #1 because we made them #1. We enjoy them because deep down inside no matter how much we laugh WE ARE IN PAIN," the rapper said.

The lambasting concluded with Willie D praising Gibson and the Tea Party… well sort of. He tweeted: Thanks for the pain!


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