I got this in my email today:
Subject: Breaking News: Gibson Converts to Judaism
Gibson Converts to Judaism
Changes Name to Mel Gibstein
In his boldest bid yet to apologize to the Jewish community, actor Mel Gibson today announced that he had converted to Judaism.
The news took many Jews aback, since conversion to Judaism is a demanding process that can take months or even years of study, and Mr. Gibson accomplished the feat in a record time of forty-five minutes.
But a spokesman for the “Lethal Weapon” star explained how Mr. Gibson pulled off his lightning-fast conversion: “This is Hollywood. A lot of things can be done by special effects.”
Moments after his conversion to Judaism, Mr. Gibson paid a visit to the registrar’s office in Los Angeles County and had his name legally changed to “Mel Gibstein” in a show of commitment to his new chosen faith.
Then it was off to Malibu, where the 50-year old actor was Bar Mitzvahed on the beach in a small, private ceremony.
“Today, I am a man,” Mr. Gibstein said before a gathering of friends and well-wishers from the local watering hole Moonshadows. “A Jew man!”
Mr. Gibstein, whose Lexus LS sedan now sports a license plate reading “LCHAIM,” said that he was “thoroughly enjoying being a Jew” and vowed to only shop wholesale from now on.
The actor added he would begin production of a new film, “Mad Matzoh Beyond Thundershalom,” as soon as he kicks his drinking problem.
“I am really committed to reheeb,” he said. “I mean rehab.”