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Song Parodies -> "Mr. Mel Gibson"

Original Song Title:

"Mrs. Robinson"

Original Performer:

Simon & Garfunkel

Parody Song Title:

"Mr. Mel Gibson"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

Most movie critics have crucified Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." A typical comment was made by A.O. Scott of the New York Times, who claims that ""The Passion of the Christ" never provides a clear sense of what all of this bloodshed was for, an inconclusiveness that is Mr. Gibson's most serious artistic failure."
And here's to you, Director Gibson.
Jesus is a tough role to portray,
Don't dismay.
Just read the script, Director Gibson,
Matthew wrote a screenplay that's just fine.
It's divine, it's divine.

We'd like to know why you combined religion and art
With more violence than we saw in "Braveheart"?
Show us Pilate, show us Herod, trying to decide
Whether Jesus should be whipped or crucified.

And here's to you, Producer Gibson,
Jesus is a great movie subject,
He's perfect!
You took a risk, producer Gibson,
We hope that your movie tickets sell,
Good luck Mel, Good luck Mel.

You made Jesus' killer a topic for current news:
Was it Santa, not the Romans or the Jews?
The "Passion" is a movie we are glad that we partook.
But you know that we will still prefer the book.

Stand up tall, Mr. Mel Gibson,
Do not let your critics frustrate you.
Just stay true.
Keep the faith, Mr. Mel Gibson,
Faithless living can be lethal, Mel,
It is Hell, it is Hell.

Suffering His passion on a Friday afternoon,
Knowing that His glory would come soon.
In the Bible, in the movie, Jesus Christ forgives,
Every way you look at it, He lives.

So what do the movie critics know?
They don't think that Jesus lives today.
He's passé.
What's that you say, Brother Mel Gibson?
Jesus Christ will never go away,
He will stay, He will stay.

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Pacing: 3.7
How Funny: 3.5
Overall Rating: 3.7

Total Votes: 6

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Johnny D - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
A good parody for Good Friday. 5's
Adagio - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Very good!! 5's - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
I have dibs on "Whip Me Baby One More Time."
Paul Robinson - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
John J - Wow! I could have sworn I made a fairly brief, positive remark here this morning. I'm pretty sure I voted although I will try it again now...5's. I don't THINK I said anything out of line(??). I recall mentioning I didn't know it was Good Friday. I don't have a reason to know it's Good Friday, I'm Jewish. But I have no problem with the parody and have not seen the movie so I've nothing negative to say.
Robert J. Pagliaro - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
4-5-5 from the agnostic. Well-written. Clever. The message was clearly conveyed. (My definition of "How Funny" when voting on a parody is always subjective). I have just one problem in the pacing - and maybe I'm wrong. I took the point off because I guess I would have used "Mis-ter Mel Gib-son" in place of "Di-rec-tor Gib-son" and "Pro-du-cer Gib-son" throughout (as you did later on). I point this out because I'm sure this was intentional on your part and I'm interested in the reason. (Enlighten me) bob
John Jenkins - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks to all who voted and commented. Positive feedback is always appreciated, and, on a parody like this, it is particularly appreciated from a Jew and an agnostic. Paul, I can't imagine that you wrote something out of line; but, if you did, I did not see it.

Robert, I appreciate the suggestion and the question, and I definitely think that these comments should be used more for constructive criticism such as yours. I think you are correct as far as pacing is concerned, but I wanted to get a little variety and address Mr. Gibson in 4 different roles - as a director who provided the artistic vision for the movie, as producer who took the financial risk, and as a human being who is subject to frustrations and doubts. And finally as a fellow Christian who, I believe, has made a significant contribution in spreading the Gospel.
Robert J. Pagliaro - April 09, 2004 - Report this comment
Thanks for the answer. I figured the purpose was to portray Gibson in different roles but wanted to hear the reasoning (as I got the sense that you felt it was important to do so). Well look man, and I got in trouble for saying something like this before, but I apologize for penalizing you there because the usage was intentional. You're a really good writer and I was interested in the philosophy behind it; and I agree with your reasoning to write it this way. Now, I got one more for you. "Claims" in your pre-comments - also intentional? Certainly, because Scott's review is an opinion, the use of the word is correct. However, I was wrestling with whether or not "says" or "writes" bolsters your message.
Paul Robinson - April 10, 2004 - Report this comment
John J - I think I must have just forgot to click the "submit" button after typing in my comment. It was fairly innocuous as I recall. Robert, good point on the "Director" usage throwing the pacing off just a tick. I missed that when I read it in the morning. Hey, I probably saw "Mister" there...the same way I thought I submitted my comment...
Meriadoc - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
John, excellent parody, very thoughtful and a lot of good lines! :-)
John Jenkins - April 11, 2004 - Report this comment
Robert - Thanks for another good question. For some reason, I didn't see it yesterday. You certainly don't need to apologize for assessing a 4 for pacing.

I don't have a good answer to your question, but originally I wanted to put one more sentence into the pre-comments about Gibson making it clear what the bloodshed was for in the Old Testament scripture from the Book of Isaiah that was shown at the start of the movie. The verse was a prophesy that was fulfilled by Christ's crucifixion. I wanted to write that, apparently Mr. Scott did not understand this verse, but I was unable to remember or verify which verse it was. But, what I was trying to communicate in the parody is that Gibson comes a lot closer to what I believe is the truth than his critics. I thought that "claims" was the appropriate word, but I don't really think that "says" or "writes" would have been less appropriate.
Michael Pacholek - April 12, 2004 - Report this comment
Jesus may be the only one who forgives this song. And Spaff, don't be too sure you have dibs. Malcolm's still around.
Royce Miller - November 11, 2004 - Report this comment
"every way you look at it he lives"; what a great line

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