Girls Write Out
Friday, August 04, 2006
Colleen and Diann are in St. Louis signing at the Women of Faith conference, Denise is probably actually working, and me? I should be packing, but instead I'm thinking about how the Middle East is falling apart, and our world is concerned with Mel Gibson's drunken ramblings. Now, doesn't tell you why chick lit sells? BTW, check out his mugshot if you haven't. Drunk or not, this man is still hot.

But I digress. Isn't it interesting how no matter how old we get, we're still basically in high school? "Oooh Mel said this about the team captain, and we are SO not going to his show. Pass it on."

I don't care what you think about Mel Gibson's situation, why are we so extremely catty? Why do we enjoy seeing people destroyed publicly? Isn't that shameful for us as a nation? I'm not excusing Mel for what he did. He could have killed someone! But I guess I don't really see the point of destroying people because they made a mistake either -- especially when they own up to it. Clinton owned up to it, the world forgave him. If we are going to be forgiving, maybe we should think about being forgiving regardless of that person's politics and show some real forgiveness.

But it feels so good to take someone down in our righteousness -- which I do believe God said was like filthy rags. I want to believe the world is more mature than the snarkiest cheerleader on campus, but I'm thinking, nope, that's pretty much what you get.

God says to dwell on the good things. So go check out the mugshot. : ) Bad Kristin!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 5:20 PM  
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At 5:44 PM, Blogger Jennifer B. Jones said...

What gets me is that THIS is what makes Hollywood draw the line? Are you KIDDING me? The current trend of actresses having babies before marriage? Who cares. Hugh Grant (side note: also hot) gets caught with a prostitute? No big deal. Frequent flier miles in Betty Ford? Commonplace. But THIS is what makes Barbara Walters say "I'll never watch another Mel movie." And the media is debating whether or not he deserves a career? When is it Paris Hilton's turn? : )

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

You're right Kristin, drunk or not he still looks hot. I checked out the mugshot. :)

I've been reading a lot about the middle east but have to admit I've been following two Hollywood stories lately. It just gives some relief from all the heaviness in the news. That may be why I like chick-lit. It's a good escape.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

LOL - my husband wrote nearly the same email to Bill O'Riley! We agree with you, Kris. It's an unside down world.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

I was always going to marry Mel ... what happened???

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Jaime, you got a sober husband, that's what happened! I think Mel's a little nutzoid (cute though he may be). He built a church that does mass all in Latin because he believed that was the right way. The more I learn about Hollywood leading men, the more I like my dog.

Oh and sorry for my bad Bible verse quotation, I was thinking it was whatever is pure and noble, etc., and I got to thinking in the car, okay, lusting after Mel's mugshot, really not any of those things. LOL

At 11:07 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Yes, Kristin, you're absolutely right, but then I was a messed up kid ... I was going to marry Han Solo too, and Paul Moliter of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Superman, and - ok - so glad God picked out my husband and didn't leave it up to me!!

At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel is wrong in his actions but I find Hollywood's reaction just as disgusting. Michael Moore says horrible things about people and is help up as a creative genius. Tom Cruise says mental illness doesn't need medication and he's named one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. All of this while they are sober.
I'm sure that if Mel wouldn't have made Passion of the Christ then he wouldn't be a target right now. It would have been old news in 2 days.
This is all about Hollywood's intolerance of anything remotely resembling Christianity. I'm speaking of Mel's work with the movie, not his drunken stupor.

And, tequilla(?) alters people's personality - so much so that many songs have been written about tequilla drinking nights.

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Alison Strobel Morrow said...

"The more I learn about Hollywood's leading men, the more I like my dog." Amen sister! I used to love reading biographies and Us Magazine to find out more about my favorite celebrities, but now I try to avoid finding out anything about them at all, because 9 times out of 10 I find out they're idiots. :) Okay, maybe that's a little harsh (although accurate in some cases) but you know what I mean. And you're right, I think this whole Gibson debacle is more evidence to the fact that hating/bashing/withdrawing support from Christians is THE Thing to do these days. It's ridiculous.


At 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristin, you’re absolutely right that we should be paying more attention to what’s happening in the Middle East (and other places throughout the world) and praying for peace.

But I have to disagree with you about Mel Gibson. I think it’s a HUGE deal when someone who publicly calls himself a Christian makes slurs about another religion (or race). Not only does that associate the name of Christ with hatred, it makes Christians, with our talk of love and grace, hard to take seriously. And I can’t quite see how Christians are actually defending anti-Semitic comments as just “drunken ramblings.”

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't agree with what he said - I just think that Hollywood and the general media always have a double standard where anything or anyone affiliated with Christianity is involved. I also think it's hurtful to the Church at large when someone professing to be a believer does something like this. My prayer for Mel Gibson is that if there is any trace of prejudice in his heart, he will surrender it to God. I'm hoping that it's not that way, that possibly thoughts that were ingrained in his mind as a child surfaced when he drank. Only God and Mel really know the truth.
My point was never to defend his actions, only to point out the obvious double standard in Hollywood.
And also, while we are all (myself included) pointing out how horrible it is for him to say such things about another race/religion, we should look at our own speech and thoughts.
I think that God may be just as sad when any of us say something about a neighbor, co-worker, etc. as he is about someone bashing a people group at large. Everyone of us is guilty of saying something about another human being, it's just a matter of how deep the roots go in our heart.
Shouldn't we all be praying that God will take this and make something really awesome of this mess?

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Audra said...

I agree. People really need to quit being so judgemental especially Christians since we KNOW we are saved by grace only and not by our own righteousness (thank you, Jesus!).
Oh and I totally agree on the hotness factor. By the way, Patrick Swayze was defending him...another hottie. Off to go snuggle with the hottest hottie of them all, my honey. ;)

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I really believe that God does take these messes and do something with them. Christians are always messing up, it's in our nature, we're sinners, just like the rest. The difference is an act of contrition and the seeking of forgiveness. I'm not defending Mel by any means, but I honestly think God can uses our screw-ups to witness. I mean, maybe there's a person out there, wrestling with the demon of alcohol and Mel's arrest and apology spurs him into getting some help. We do not know the way God works, and I don't think any of us would defend Mel's actions, but he did screw up and yet the world shows him no grace.

I just think Mel is like any other Christian. You see his heart, wanting to please God in the making of the Passion, and yet you see, his demons as well, fighting the battle against alcohol and perhaps, semitism. I pray it's not the case, but for right now, I do believe he's serious in his apology and desire to make things right, and God can use that as well.

At 2:11 PM, Anonymous Audra said...

I agree, Kristin. His church is a bit out there and what's truly sad is the legalism. There is so much freedom in Christ and 'man' adds all these rules and regulations and places themselves in bondage. It's all about 'relationship' not religion.
I don't condone Mel's actions at all and we should hold people accountable for their actions, but we should also extend grace and forgiveness and remember that we are flawed, too.
I definitely agree with you.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Great post. We all make mistakes, but humility in our response is what sets the mature apart from the immature.

Good for Mel for owning up to his mistakes.


At 1:19 AM, Anonymous Jennifer Mykytiuk said...

Are you two going to be at the Women of Faith Conference in Aneheim,CA, Sept. 8-9??? That would be so great to finally meet the two women who make me laugh daily.

At 1:40 AM, Blogger GeorgianaD said...

I know I'm jumping in late on this, but it infuriates me when the media bashes anything that has to do with Christians. Why is it that Christians are the last group of people that it's OK to openly bash? I pray that God works this situation out for His glory.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

I didn't watch TV last week. Was out of town and EXTREMELY busy with my daughter and two grandsons and the first week of school and helping my daughter set up her in-the-new-wing-third-grade classroom, yada, yada, yada.

Saw a paragraph in today's paper of Swayze defending Gibson. That's it. So I'm not in the complete know about the incident and Hollywood's reaction.

But in my opinion, the reason Hollywood lambasted Gibson was because he produced a movie about Jesus.

They still think anyone with a connection with Jesus is supposed to live differently.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

I'm sorry, but did you say, "Clinton owned up to it"?! I must have missed that!!

(I know everyone is focusing on the Mel Gibson part of this post, but that phrase really jumped out at me!)

At 1:23 PM, Blogger franki durbin said...

Kristin, sorry I missed you in St. Louis. Sadly I just discovered your blog today, and apparently you were here Friday. touche!

I agree - this type of real life drama is precisely why chick lit sells: we need a diversion. years of reading non-fiction finally led me to find some 'fun' in my reading. I just finished reading "With This Ring..." last night. My very first chick lit book and I loved the break from reality it gave me. I didn't think about the Middle East, Gibson or any world events.

Also - thank you for bravely writing Christian books!

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I wrote you a fairly personal note on myspace, and I think you should go read it! :) It was one of those Oh! You Have Inspired Me! letters that everyone loves to receive


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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