Monday, 24 September 2012

Movie review: Innocence of Muslims

If you want to see a truly awful movie - here is one: Innocence of Muslims.  

Of course if you're in Egypt, Libya or Afghanistan it's blocked, so here is a still to look at instead.

Mohammed chased by angry wives slapping him with sandals.
The film is 14 minutes long, made by an Egyptian convicted drug-dealer and bankrupt called Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, although for the purpose of making the film he called himself Sam Bacile and claimed to be Jewish.

The cast themselves did not know what they were making. The significant words were dubbed in post-production.
The film itself is confused, in fact incomprehensible, and certainly not a trenchant criticism of Islam. It does have a donkey which becomes the first muslim animal when Mohammed converts it. And there is some suggestion that the donkey may be gay!

Supposedly there is a longer version of the film, and the 14-minute version is just a trailer. At most ten people have seen the full version (if it exists) at a private viewing.

Reactions in the muslim world have resulted in numerous deaths including that of the US ambassador to Libya (although it seems likely that that attack was pre-planned and the film merely came along at a fortunate juncture.)

The Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Balor has offered to pay $100,000 to anyone who kills Nakoula. The Pakistani Foreign Minister has said that America should reconsider its committment to free speech!

Meanwhile satirical website The Onion has published this picture showing Jesus, Jehovah, Budda and the Hindu elephant god Ganesha enjoying a four-way orgy on a cloud.

Gods behaving badly
The original picture is uncensored and features creative use of a trunk. They think they are being very clever down at The Onion, but if you zoom in to the top-left I think you can just make out Mohammed peeking from behind a cloud!

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