One of my all-time favorite topics is religious hatred and intolerance. So when I read about the apparently anti-islamic film released in the US, I just sit back and watch the trolls come.
First of all, acquaint yourselves with the history and background of this film at the source of all that is trustworthy in this world... Wikipedia. "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innocence_of_Muslims"
So, you now know that the video was originally titled 'Desert Warrior' and contained no religious messages, connotations, or references. It was then over-dubbed, and ended up apparently being offensive. I haven't watched it, and can't be bothered sitting through 14 minutes of reputedly appallingly bad acting.
The New Republic said that the film "includes not a single artistically redeemable aspect" with "atrocious" directing, "terrible" sets and acting consisting of "blank eyes and strained line readings". The New York Daily News called it an "obscenely inept vanity project" that is "far beneath any reasonable standard of movie-making." Muslim filmmaker Kamran Pasha stated, "I am of the opinion that it is a film of questionable artistic merit, backed by a group of bitter bigots whose only agenda was to incite hatred and violence by smearing the character of Prophet Muhammad." Salman Rushdie called the filmmaker "outrageous and unpleasant and disgusting", and characterized the production as "clearly a malevolent piece of garbage."
Well, that makes me feel better about the whole thing. But what exactly makes this film so offensive?
Sky News said the video was "anti-Muslim" and "designed to enrage". According to Reuters, the video portrays Muhammad as a "fool, a philanderer and a religious fake"; NBC News said the trailer depicted Muhammad "as a womanizer, a homosexual and a child abuser." Timemagazine described the dialogue during the scene with a donkey as "homoerotic". According to the BBC, Muhammad's followers are portrayed as "savage killers hungry for wealth and bent on killing women and children."Ok, there we go. I would be offended too. Hell, I might even protest.
More on this later, but for now, here are some shots from the film!