Mel Gibson got caught last week driving drunk. When arrested he made a number of antisemitic slurs. Now many who defended his movie The Passion of the Christ against criticisms of antisemitism feel betrayed. He has since apologized and described the things he said as despicable, but now a debate goes on about whether a drunk really does mean what he says or not. This story interests me because it raises some serious questions about how important the character of the artist is in relation to their art. Especially in the Christian publishing and music world, revelations of serious character flaws or moral breaches can sink a career in no time. How many of the Christians who touted The Passion of the Christ as a work of art are going to look at it differently now?