Back during the old days when Iran put out their fatwa on Salmon Rushdie over his book the Satanic Verses I was angry.
Where did those no good so and so’s get off telling me what books I can read or threatening death to those who write.
I noticed people were buying the book to show solidarity with the author and it was suggested by some that not buying the book made you a supporter of those who wanted to shut him up.
I declined. I figured I had no interest in the book and I would be damned if I was going to be made to spend money on something I didn’t want because of some barbarian telling me I couldn’t.
Which brings us to the “Innocence of Muslims”.
Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m an implacable foe of radical Islam on the side of the Coptic Christians radical Islamists have slaughtered them, burned their churches. (Details at Voice of the Copts here)
So as you might imagine my reaction when I heard about our barbaric Islamic friends, acting barbaric.
My first thought was to put Pam Geller’s “It’s time to quit Islam” ad back on my front page (which I’ve done) and then my second thought was to imbed the video on the site as an In Your Face thing to those who would slaughter us. I usually don’t hold to insulting other people’s religions so
Then I actually watched the video and my jaw dropped.
Not because it was offensive to Islam (it was), not because it portrays Muhammad in a lousy light (it does) but because it was just so BAD..
This 15 minute preview has bad acting, bad script, bad production values, bad dubbing, bad sets bad everything. It’s the type of thing you would use in Gitmo as torture if film critics were kept there. If I ran hell I’d make damned film directors put their name on the credits. Vogon poetry is more rewarding. Compared to this movie Aqua Team Hunger Force is Academy Award material. If you gave Roger Ebert the choice between watching this preview twice or a twelve-hour marathon of the original cut of the Brown Bunny he’d take the Brown Bunny Marathon back to back.
I’d watch the Dr. Who episode Fear Her before I’d watch this video again, it’s THAT BAD.
And remember this is a PREVIEW. Normally the best parts of movies are put in previews, can you imagine how lousy the whole thing is?
Now granted this fuss isn’t really about this movie and we are dealing with people acting like barbarians. If we weren’t dealing with people acting like barbarians I’d suggest the best way to permanently discredit the people involved in this movie is to let people see it.
I suspect there are a million Nigerian e-mail spammer desperate to find the pigeons who actually paid for this.
These people have the first amendment right to make this movie, the producer has the right to pay for it, the actors looking for work certainly have the right to take any work they can, and I fully defend their right to make this and push it to anyone they want. Free speech for all.
But if they want this absolutely horrible bit of filmmaker on my site, it’s going to cost them. Free speech isn’t free here, If you want to pay for the space, I’ll put the move here and link to its site but without payment I wouldn’t link this movie on a bet.
Final thought to radical Islamists, your fear of this joke of a film discredits your faith more than anything these filmmakers have done.