Mel Gibson Was Briefly Scheduled To Be Co-Grand Marshal Of One Of New Orleans’ Biggest Mardi Gras Parades
Historically speaking, there are few better places in the world to see some sweet, sweet, sugar tits than in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. So that is perhaps the reason Mel Gibson agreed to be the co-Grand Marshal of Krewe of Endymion’s 2023 Mardi Gras parade, one of the city’s “largest and most splendid parades,” according to Nola.com. But it doesn’t explain why Krewe of Endymion would want Mel to ride on their float, only to reverse the decision just a few hours later, unless the theme of their parade this year was Beef Jerky and Bile, but they couldn’t source enough of those little silica gel desiccant packets to keep Mel from rotting and turning into a lump of salty, sinewy mush. A huge turnoff, especially if you want the ladies to keep flashing them sugar tits.
But whatever the motives, Mel’s most recent reversal of fortune marks the 358th time Mel has been “canceled” since his initial cancellation in 2006. Mel’s co-Grand Marshal was to be Tulane head football coach Willie Fritz. According to Nola.com:
Just hours after sparking controversy with its decision to have Mel Gibson be the co-grand marshal of its 2023 parade, the Krewe of Endymion reversed course Sunday and said that the actor and director, who is also known for making antisemitic remarks, would not ride.
The organization’s invitation of Gibson, whose well-publicized antisemitic remarks and other scandals cost him much of his popularity over the last two decades, had drawn threats, according to an Endymion president Dan Kelly on Sunday.
“The Krewe of Endymion has received significant feedback about our grand marshal announcement yesterday evening,” Kelly wrote. “Some of this commentary included threats that cause us great concern.”
“In the best interest of the safety of our riders, special guests and everyone that welcomes us on the streets, Mel Gibson will not ride as a co-grand marshal for our 2023 parade,” Kelly concluded.
The theme for the parade this year is “Endymion Salutes the Poets,” with floats “celebrating the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Li Po, Homer and more.” Look, I don’t know whomst is trolling whomst in this situation, but I definitely smell some ungodly, unwashed creature with a colorful way with words lurking about. Thankfully, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, the Greater New Orleans Rabbinic Council and the Anti-Defamation League smelled it too and quickly jumped into action, issuing a joint press release condemning the decision, calling it “completely insulting and shortsighted,” and noting; “there is still a great deal of pain associated with his name and deep wounds in the Jewish community.” Endymion president Dan Kelly, who earns his money selling sugar tit summoners at his store Beads By The Dozen, smells a little off to me too. Nola.com reports:
With whiplash speed, the krewe reversed its decision Sunday to invite Gibson, citing undefined threats that could impact “the safety of our riders, special guests and everyone that welcomes us on the streets.”
But as the city buzzed with reaction, questions remained unanswered. Asked by email how the decision to invite Gibson came about, and if the krewe anticipated any backlash, Endymion president Dan Kelly wrote:
“Our inclusion of Mr. Gibson was meant to be in recognition of his acting career and was in no way meant to give credence to his statements otherwise. We regret this incident and will do better in the future.”
In a subsequent email, Kelly vaguely explained that “Endymion’s process for selection of our Grand Marshals, while internal, will be reviewed going forward, so as to create a more thorough discussion of potential candidates.”
Asked what the nature of the “threats” had been, Kelly was no more specific.
“Endymion regards the safety of parade watchers and our members first and foremost. Given the reaction from elements of the public, we have taken the proactive step of engaging with proper officials concerning these issues.”
“Endymion is proud of our extraordinary and diverse membership,” Kelly wrote, adding that the krewe is “about the celebration of all that is Mardi Gras and our city, without participating in religious or political divisions.”
Here’s a peek at that famous Endymion diversity Dan’s crowing about.
A redhead AND a brunette? Is this a Benetton ad? Last year, Diana Ross and Maroon 5 were booked as the “entertainment” for the parade, the only one whose route includes Mid-City New Orleans, and Nola native Raymond Arroyo, “the lead anchor of the conservative Catholic-themed Eternal Word Television Network and a frequent Fox News contributor” acted as Grand Marshal. This year, Foreigner and Hootie from the infamous 90s band Darius Rucker and His Famous Floating Fish, have been engaged as the entertainment. Kinda makes me wonder if Endymion is pandering to the left by including these “diverse” acts in their show. Well, jokes on them. Just wait until old Dan finds out Foreigner is actually just the name of the band (tee-hee!).