Carry On Muhammad!
- Controversial YouTube video sparks International Riots!
- Muslims call for “beheadings!”
- It’ll all end in tears!
The world is on the brink of an international crisis as a shoddy American comedy movie fuels violent protests around the globe.
Last week, US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when Islamic militants fired rocket-propelled grenades on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
This sparked days of protests around the world with Muslims condemning “the west.”
The protests are in response to a controversial low-budget video called “Innocence of Muslims.”
According to Reuters news service, the film trailer portrays Muhammad as a “fool, a philanderer and a religious fake.”
NBC News said the film depicted Muhammad “as a womanizer, a homosexual and a child abuser.”
That’s all very well, but more importantly, what do the critics think? For a professional opinion, we asked Margaret and David.
“At first glance this seems like some sort of satirical send up, in the style of the bawdy British “Carry On” movies from the early 1960s and 1970s” said David.
“However, it’s not long before the plot unravels and the whole thing just lumbers along without any sense of rhyme or reason. It might’ve worked as a romantic comedy but even then it lacks even a smidgeon of humour apart from the terrible acting of course. Margaret?”
“Look David, I’m with you on this one. Innocence of Muslims doesn’t have a single artistically redeemable aspect at all. The directing is atrocious, the sets are terrible, and the acting consists of just blank stares and people basically reading straight from the script.”
“It’s an extremely vain project and even if you believe that art can be blasphemous, you’d have to interpret this thing as art first. And that is impossible to imagine. One and half stars from me.”
Much about the film remains a mystery, including who financed it. Several actors have come forward and claimed they were duped about their roles, and that incendiary language was dubbed over their lines.
The filmmaker has identified himself as Sam Bacile however he is believed to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian immigrant from Egypt now living in Los Angeles.
In 2010, Nakoula, who had served prison time on a 1990s conviction for manufacturing methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to bank fraud and served 21 months in prison.
He was released on probation in June 2011. Nakoula told police that he had written the movie’s script while in prison.
Apparently Muslims are upset because the movie portrays Islam as a religion of violence. It is ironic then to react to it with violent protests.
Personally I think it’s an affront to the sensibilities of your average movie going public. But then that’s just me.