Watching the news today I learned for the first time that the movie causing violent protest and deaths throughout the Muslim world is available to view on youtube. Always preferring to decide for myself what I think rather than let a slanted press try to tell me what I should be thinking; almost immediately I went to find it. It took a couple of searches but there is an edited version of «highlights» that has 305K views but only 517 likes.
I have to admit, I started off thinking if christians had reacted similarly to the Life of Brian I would not be here today. I like that I live in an open-minded society where my choices and opinions are respected. People may dispute that but lets face it, in the western world ever since Lenny Bruce picked up a mic we can pretty much say what we want so long as we aren’t threatening national security or inciting a crime. It does seem to me the pendulum has been swinging the wrong way since Europeans were forced to bail out a bunch of gambling addict bankers that don’t care they may have set societal evolution back a century; but basically if we have the guts we can express ourselves and this is a good thing. It is a protected right because only through intelligent dialogue and exchange of ideas can a society advance.
However, this movie is not in any way a satire or educated look at church or religion. It is in fact a pointed, close minded and mean spirited effort to ridicule a religious figure. If it were Christ I would not give a toss because I had roman catholicism forced down my throat growing up in private religious schools as well as via the Opus Dei. Thus I feel perfectly within my right to satirise, ridicule or light heartedly pick at beliefs that come from within my culture as a member of that society. Sam Bacile is wrong; in my opinion, to try and do that to a story that belongs to a different society and that he cannot in any way claim to be part of his own culture. For him to make this film is akin to white people using the «N» word > you just can’t and if you don’t get why you can’t you aren’t intelligent enough to make a movie for global distribution unless you are limiting yourself to something within your intellectual reach (try a reality or game show).
I just hope a twat who was probably only trying to make a name for himself is able to learn the difference between satire and humour on the one side, and simply insulting or offensive behaviour on the other. Maybe he should give Russel Brand and Jonathan Ross a call to learn how not to make an apology before he shows his face in public again.