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Old 03-23-07, 04:56 PM   #1
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My campus is in the news, woo hoo!!!

And for the right reasons too:

It happened last night at Cal State University at Northridge in the San Fernando Valley. Gibson was speaking to a film class about his movies, and several members of the Mayan community came to hear the famous director.

After Gibson's presentation, the crowd was allowed to ask questions. Alicia Estrada, an Assistant Professor of Central American Studies at CSUN, challenged Gibson, asking him if he had read about the Mayan culture before shooting the controversial film. Gibson said he had.

Estrada persisted, stating that representations in the movie that the Mayans engaged in sacrificial ceremonies and had bloodthirsty tendencies were both wrong and racist. Estrada and others tell TMZ that Gibson exploded in anger, responding, "Lady, F**k off."

We're told Gibson also became extremely angry when members of the Mayan community protested on how they were portrayed in the film. The emotional Mayan members were escorted out of the room, and we're told Gibson screamed a parting shot -- "Make your own movie!"
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Old 03-23-07, 05:03 PM   #2
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Mel's definitely got some anger issues, but to be fair that professor was just another heckler. I didn't see the movie, I don't know very much about Mayan culture, but I do know that it's a movie, not a documentary - movies would be awfully boring if they were entirely true to life and entirely historically accurate. It's entertainment, the protesters (and Mel) just need to chill out.

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Old 03-24-07, 12:21 AM   #3
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I don't know how much Mel studied it or how it's presented in the movie, and I'm sure many people exaggerate the commonality of it, but it's clear this lady isn't exactly an expert, either:
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