Interesting Point..."Why films make us the bad quys"....Andrew Bolt...'Sunday Mail' 28th May 2006
Bolt's column, as usual, strikes at the crux. Why does Hollywood shy away from making movies trashing Islam? They show no such fear when making movies such as 'The Da Vinci Code'...adapted from the fictional bestselling book by Dan Brown, which makes the Catholic Church the villian, in turn attacking Christianity. The moviemakers tippy-toe around in fear of offending Muslims. Poor old Salman Rushdie still lives under the cloud of a 'fatwa' from ayatollahs upset by his 1988 novel, 'The Satanic Verses', a book which is similar to Brown's novel, but instead of questioning the Bible, Rushdie had the audacity to question the Koran! A couple of years ago a Dutch film director was murdered because he made a 10 minute film which upset the Muslims. I doubt that Ron Howard, the director of 'The Da Vinci Code' or Tom Hanks, the lead actor, will have to worry about suffering similar fates at the hands of Christian extremists! Mike Moore got applauded for his traitorous documentary, 'Fahrenheit 9/11', George Clooney, plaudits for his 'Syriana' that makes US oilmen villians and Hussein-controlled Iraq, the innocents.
Yes, Andrew Bolt's column is worth reading. He makes a very interesting point...'the enemy is within us'...we are treating the Muslim extremists/terrorists with kid gloves, altering our lives and ideology to pander to their radical extremism. Maybe it is time for Hollywood to stand up and be counted! Show some guts and make movies showing the world what really is going on. When 140 people are slaughtered and two embassies burned to the ground over a Danish cartoon lampooning the Islamic prophet, something is drastically wrong! It was damn satirical cartoon, for goodness sake, similar to those that appear each and every day in our newspapers...the sensitivity of these people astounds me! I just wonder how 'true' this sensitivity really is!
We're going to have to shake our heads to clear away the cobwebs clouding our thinking and views. Complacency has no place. Apathy is pathetic.