17 September 2012

Innocence of Muslims: A Tasteless, Irresponsible YouTube Movie

The stupidity that people can be capable of can be really regrettable. Those who have been following the world news will know that unrest has been spreading across the Middle East on account of a disrespectful little film called “Innocence of Muslims” which had been uploaded into YouTube.

I have seen the film, which has been viral for a while. The copy that I watched alone had more than 5.7 million hits. There are more copies at the same site; and each has been accumulating hits as well.

I watched the film out of curiosity and what can I say? To say that the movie is stupid will be to make a gross understatement. It is mindless, vindictive, irresponsible and so filled with bigotry. It is symptomatic of the right to freedom of speech and expression failing and exercised in a way that it should not be.


In other words, I do not think that Christians will be at all amused if Jesus Christ was the object of such derision instead of the prophet Mohammed. I do not think either that any decent thinking Christian will at all be amused by this movie that pokes fun at Mohammad.
The film makes fun of the prophet Mohammed in ways that only the deranged can think of. By doing so, it attempts to reduce into satire the entirety of Islam. That is not acceptable.

While I do not condone the violence and protests that are spreading across the Middle East and other Muslim nations – including, it is believed, the death of the United States Ambassador to Libya – I can understand the underlying emotion that is fuelling the rage.

In other words, I do not think that Christians will be at all amused if Jesus Christ was the object of such derision instead of the prophet Mohammed. I do not think either that any decent thinking Christian will at all be amused by this movie that pokes fun at Mohammad.

The movie was reportedly produced and directed by a Sam Becile. The name itself sounds a lot like a pseudonym using the word imbecile as pronounced in French.

American authorities have brought in a Nakoula Basseley Nakoula for questioning. Nakoula is believed to be the very same Becile who produced the film. He had served time in jail for bank fraud before; and among the terms of his release under probation is that he should not upload anything into the Internet without informing his probation officer.

Actors hired for the film have reportedly said that they were deceived about the movie that they were making. It has also been reported that some of the lines that were spoken by some actors while filming were dubbed over in the finished film. If these are all true, then the movie was made with malice from the very beginning.

A news item on Russia Today reported that the film would have gone unnoticed even though it had been uploaded into YouTube were it not for an American pastor known for his anti-Islam views promoting it.

I think that the movie’s greatest irresponsibility is in not recognising the possible repercussions of its insensitivity towards Islam. Thus, to my mind, the film should be condemned not only for its tasteless theme but also for its utter lack of merit.

The movie has been described by those who have viewed it as anything from funny to disgusting. I do not think the movie is funny at all; just plain and simple disgusting.

The movie has already been blocked in many countries around the world but is still viewable in the Philippines. A viewer, however, is warned about its possibly offensive content before it is played.

While it is not up to me to tell Muslims how to react to it, I am afraid all the protests are only giving the movie all the attention it does NOT deserve.

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