Dear Mr. Gibson,

I am one Jew who doesn’t accept your apology today. I don’t accept it, because you have spit on the graves of the Goldwyns, the Warners, the Mayers, the Cohns, the Foxes, the Thalbergs, the Selznicks, the Zukors and the thousands of other Jews both living and dead who have made your questionable career possible.

And so begins the latest internet forward that I’m sure you can count on seeing in your inbox any minute now. This one is a letter “from Steven Spielberg” to Mel Gibson, noting his disappointment with the Bird on a Wire and challenging him to do the right thing and make a donation to the Jewish community.

The truth is, you are an unreformed, unrepentant anti semite of the worst kind, and your hollow outreach is worth less than the price of your next drink, which will surely find itself in your hands before long. I’m buying. Of course, if I am wrong, you could start by donating $1,000,000 today to the State of Israel in her time of need. Surely that is a small public relations price to pay for a man of your stature who “honors all of God’s children”. has classified this email letter as of undetermined status. But for grammatical reasons, I’m certain it’s not from Spielberg…”anti-semite” spelled with a lowercase S? I mean, please. There’s also something off about the tone, with the snipe about the alcohol…

But then the final detail that strikes Snopes and me with suspicion…that the letter is signed “Steven Spielberg, New Rochelle, NY.” Um, New Rochelle? Try “Pacific Palisades, CA.”

And apparently, some of the versions of the letter are circulating from a “Steven Silberberg.” It’s like the old joke…Spielberg, iceberg, what’s the difference?

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