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Innocence of Muslims

Over the weekend, there were protests in Sydney at the US embassy over the film Innocence of Muslims.

There were a lot of things said, afterward. Mostly, it was a condemnation for the violence that happened, and for the images of children holding posters claiming that heads ought to be chopped off, and various other violent ideas. In addition to this, there's been a suggestion after that the protests were helped along by extremist groups, which if it's true, isn't so surprising. Extremists have bussed it to Sydney to riot before. But through all of this, one thing has not been said, and I keep waiting for it. People talk about the film, about the responses, about the anger and the violence, and some times they talk sense and sometimes they do not. Some very valid points have been made by others that the catalyst for the violence is not really the film, but that the deep resentment from years of violent US foreign policy, coupled with a rising frustration in the young due to the lack of opportunities, employment, and the growing cost of living, have led to the attacks abroad. And, to be sure, these are all part of it: any violent protest or riot is years in the making, and built out of a variety of issues.

But no one has said, "Innocence of Muslims is a piece of shit. You ought to be ashamed of your reaction to this film."

And seriously, if you protested or raised a hand or did anything other than turn off this piece of shit, you ought to be ashamed.


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Sep. 17th, 2012 06:34 am (UTC)
I would argue that even linking to it is counterproductive. This is trolling on a global scale and everyone seems to be playing into the troll's hands.
Sep. 17th, 2012 07:53 am (UTC)
i disagree with that. i think if people are going to talk about this film, link it, put it out there. it's so lacking of any actual film making ability that, after everything that has happened in its name, the quality of it needs to be shown loudly and clearly.
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:01 am (UTC)
As most of the people protesting the film freely admit they haven't seen it, I wouldn't imagine that quality is that much of an issue.

My concern is that every hit that video receives on YouTube gives it more legitimacy in the attention economy. If people must link to it, than surely a pirate version which limits the profitability of the makers would be a more... ethical link.
Sep. 17th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
All that's available - at least last time I looked - was the 15 minute 'trailer'. Are the makers making any 'profit' from the above YouTube link?
Sep. 17th, 2012 11:22 am (UTC)
Profit in terms of the attention economy. Each and every hit they get moves them closer to Youtube's front page, if they're not there already.

The unasked question I'd like an answer to is - how did the Egyptian Islamists know of the trailer's existence? Google alerts?

And was a feature film ever really intended in the first place?
Sep. 17th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
Amen. It's a terrible piece of shit. I tried watching 60 seconds and couldn't.
Sep. 17th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
It's good to know I'm not the only one.
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