Per usual, Mel Gibson was drowning in controversy last month when he scored his first post-recordings cameo on 'The Hangover 2,' only to have the offer whisked away after cast members complained. If it boiled down to nothing more than continual Gibson backlash, that would've been the end of the story -- a bad break for Mel and victory for those hoping he'd leave the 'biz. However, as with most things in life, it's not that simple.
Since the first film boasted a cameo by Mike Tyson, the anti-Gibson sentiment immediately set up a ranking system of what criminal offenses can be tolerated, a virtual road map of what you can get away with in Hollywood. Though both men have DUIs, anger issues and cases of domestic violence littering their pasts, Tyson is also a convicted rapist. Immediately, the story became not about another professional pothole for Gibson to jump over, but rather a matter of Hollywood hypocrisy and what little importance is placed on instances of violence against women.