As if the news for Mel Gibson couldn't get any worse

Mel Gibson sure as fallen hard the past few days. And somewhere, he's got to be thinking that he's surely hit rock bottom. He's become tabloid cannon fodder and is in rehab, after all. But then comes this little bit of news from La-La Land that spell certain doom for the continuation of any fruitful career for the once-Mad Max:

Rob Schneider won't work with Mel Gibson. Ever. Never. Schneider doesn't like bigots.

Here's the story, pulled off of the Internet Movie Database:

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo star Rob Schneider is the first actor to publicly announce he will never work with Mel Gibson due to the anti-Semitic remarks he made when he was arrested last Friday. Schneider took out an ad in Hollywood trade paper Variety slamming the star for his behavior in "An Open Letter to the Hollywood Community." The ad appeared yesterday and said, "I, Rob Schneider, a 1/2 Jew, pledge from this day forth to never work with Mel Gibson-actor-director-producer-and anti-Semite." Schneider then went on to say even if he were offered the lead role in Passion Of The Christ 2 or a "juicy voice-over role in his new flick Apocalypto and spoke ancient Mayan" he would still turn them down. He also repeatedly praised Hollywood talent manager Bernie Brillstein for publicly saying he would refuse to work with Gibson because "I just don't like bigots." The actor continued by saying he had recently directed a film called Big Stan in which there was a part for a Nazi gang leader "which apparently Mel would be perfect for." Schneider said he would still not cast Gibson in that role and ended the letter by saying, "Of course that would only be after I talked with my financial backers. Some of whom share Mr. Gibson's hankering for a good bottle of tequila. Because, after all...I don't get to call all the shots."

What kind of cache does Rob "The Hot Chick" Schneider have in Hollywood where he can wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and have the audacity to say, "I will never work with Mel Gibson."

Because you've worked with him before, Rob. And because that hilarious sidekick role you had in "Judge Dredd" really elevated you to the rank of power player.

Schneider's letter probably wasn't legit -- if it was, God help us all -- but it doesn't matter. It wasn't funny. It was a crass participation in something that has spiraled out of control. And if nothing else, this latest salvo in the Mel Gibson hit parade reveals just how quickly this whole thing has devolved into pathetic nonsense.

Gibson got drunk and drove. OK. He said some bad stuff. OK. But why does any of this matter more than the drunken hillbilly that gets pulled over and threatens racially-motivated violence against blacks, Jews, Arabs -- anyone that doesn't look like him?

Is it simply because he's Mel Gibson, an actor and director who, "Passion of the Christ" notwithstanding, has had to battle for A-list relevancy since "Braveheart"? Or is it because of all the hullabaloo that erupted out of "Passion"? Or is it just that there are way too many people in the United States way too concerned with people way too popular?

I look at things like "Access Hollywood," "Entertainment Tonight," "Extra," "Celebrity Justice," "The Best Week Ever," talk shows, bloggers, chat rooms, tabloids -- all that stuff -- as proof that there are too many fringe talents working at hack levels to create schlock product for a populous too willing to avoid images of war and death on TV. And Rob Schneider's perhaps-tongue-in-cheek attack on Mel Gibson as the of everything that's wrong with popular culture in America in the beginning of the 21st century.

Really, people. Get over it. If you were in a DUI situation and said something stupid, you wouldn't want everyone in the US dragging you and your family through the mud. But, I guess because it's Mel Gibson, that makes it OK to take cheap shots.

Isn't there some real problem you could be getting up in arms over? Like, I don't know, high gas prices?