If you go to a university, and show a movie, and open the floor to questions from academics who specialize in the subject, you should not be surprised if they ask tough questions. Mel Gibson, however, could only cuss out one such professor, who was then escorted out by campus police.
Alicia Estrada is an assistant professor of Central American Studies at Cal State Northridge. She asked questions about his depiction of the Maya, then handed the microphone to a Maya community leader, Felipe Perez, translating his Spanish. At that point the crowd started getting restless and uncivil. According to the campus newspaper,
While Estrada and Perez spoke, CTVA [Cinema and Television Arts] students and others in the audience booed, yelled, “This is America, speak English!” and shouted for them to sit down and shut up.
At that point Gibson, apparently playing to the crowd, reportedly shouted, “F— off lady, get a history book and read.”
Estrada is demanding an apology to herself and the university.
“I asked about his sources, which is a common question in academia. It’s a question you would expect in a university setting, especially in a Q&A portion of a screening.