Bad Movie Sparks Violence

By now, you’ve heard about the attacks on the Libyan embassy, as well as riots at American embassies in Cairo and Yemen. These riots were apparently a reaction to the film “Innocence of Muslims” which received only a single showing but lives on through youtube clips and the backing of Terry “Dude, you have no Koran” Jones.

For those who have been out of the loop, Daily Dish has the best link round-up I’ve seen. For the moment, I suggest we just ignore the political by-play from camp Romney. It’s notable that the rioters seem to come from the Salafi movement, which seems to be the Muslim equivalent of the Tea Party. There has already been a counter protest against the violence, which is where the above image comes from.

You may remember, all those years ago, the anger stirred up by Salman Rushdie’s novel “Satanic Verses.” One of the most frustrating things was that the novel wasn’t actually an attack on Islam, but was frequently misinterpreted. Even President George H.W. Bush criticized Salman Rushdie for insulting Muslims, when he’d done no such thing.

In this case, there’s no such problem: “Innocence of Muslims” is intentionally insulting and provocative. It’s also really, really bad. Gail Collins reports that, “The trailer looks as though it was made by a 13-year-old boy with access to a large supply of fake beards.” The New York Post, not a paper given to soothing troubled waters, screamed “Burn this movie!”

Based on the 13-minute trailer posted on YouTube, the mysterious anti-Islamic hate “movie” that provoked protests should never have been made — it’s not only the most offensive but the most thoroughly inept piece of “filmmaking’’ I’ve had the misfortune to watch in 30 years of reviewing films. [...] Not only is the depiction of Mohammed as a sex-mad killer enough to enrage Muslims, but every aspect of this production is so amateurish that nobody in their right mind would let him within 500 yards of movie equipment.

Mysterious is right. Some of the readers at Joe.My.God recognized one of the actors in the trailer as a sometimes gay porn actor. Joe reached out to him and got a confused response:

i can tell you i auditioned for a movie called Desert Storm that was about Ancient Warriors. My character was called Sampson on the paper with a few lines I got each day upon arriving on set. We never saw a full script or any lines after the day we shot them. Many questions were asked regarding absurdity of lines and situations. Sam the producer who I believed to be, but not certain as Egyptian. His reply would always to work with what we were given as he wrote the script.

Weird. The supposed producer goes by the name Sam Bacile, and no one seems to know anything about him. There’s some hints that he might actually be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian in California with a shadey past, but there’s no way to be certain. According to folks like On The Media, it appears that most of the lines that reference anything specific about Islam are poor quality post production dubs. Since some observers thing that attacks in Libya might have been planned rather than a spontaneous riot, it’s not surprising that some people are considering conspiracy theories.

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  • plutosdad

    I saw a news report the other day with an interview with one of the actors. She said that Mohammed was never in the movie, instead there was a character “George” who was a militant and pedophile, and that he dubbed “Mohammed” over all the times someone said “George”, basically lying to all the actors, who would never have taken part in it. (taking part in a cheap crappy movie is ok, you have to eat :) )

    I found that pretty surprising. As well as the fact that he is a Coptic Christian, and much of the financing came from relatives back in Egypt.

  • Fentwin

    “The supposed producer goes by the name Sam Bacile…”

    He should have his name changed to “Im Bacile”.

  • vasaroti

    The embassy staff died as a result of RPG rounds, not rioters. What I’ve read suggests that there was already a protest in progress when a truck with men armed with the RPGs arrived. It’s also been suggested that the armed men were affiliated with al Qaeda, and chose 9/11- 12 to avenge the death of Abu Yahya al Libi.

  • RickRay1

    As long as mankind refuses to open its mind to secular education, and let religious dogma rule the day, we will always be at each other’s throats! Christopher Hitchens said it best, ” Religion Poisons Everything.”

    • John C

      Yes, so glad ‘religion’ is not the True Offer, not even close. Thankfully.

      But what is it, exactly…any idea’s?

      • Kodie

        When you hide from and willfully deny reality and make decisions based on a fairy tale, that is what we mean by religion, and that’s the only thing you talk about, so you have a religion and a religious belief. It would be extremely destructive to humanity as we know it for everyone to think and behave like you do.

        • Theory_of_I

          John C believes he has no ‘religion’ – he has a close personal relationship with the voices that rattle around in his head.

          Only he knows what others cannot because he is convinced he has experienced the glory of “The Immaculate self-Deception”

          • John C

            Pretty clever, Theory. Nice play on words and you know how much I love that game. :)

        • John C

          You really should try this ‘extremely destructive’ Lifestyle sometime, Kodie. Ya know, the One where you ‘love God and your neighbor as yourself’ while walking in the Light of Truth.

          You just might be pleasantly ‘sure-prized’. :)

          • Kodie

            No, thanks. Fantasies are religions, by the way. You’re religious.

  • McBloggenstein

    John C, you’re still around here confusing people? :D

    • Elemenope

      Hey, long time no see!