In case you haven’t noticed, the White House approached YouTube about removing a trailer for the dorky film “Innocence of Muslims” from its site. The White House asked YouTube, which is owned by Google, to “review whether it violates their terms of service.”
Both YouTube and Google replied that it does not violate their terms of service. However, access to the trailer is being limited in Libya, Egypt and some other Muslim countries. The White House insists, against much evidence to the contrary, that the film touched off the deadly riots not only in Libya and Egypt, but also, as I write, some 19 other nations. YouTube pointed out that even if the trailer were removed from its site, it would make little difference, because it has become available on countless other Internet sites.
I took a peek at the trailer, as a service to you, my gentle readers, so that you wouldn’t have to sully yourselves. Just between us, I would rather have spent the time looking at topless photos of Kate Middleton that were recently published in a French (of course) magazine, but duty trumps decadence.
The trailer is off-the-wall ridiculous, about as bad as filmmaking ever gets – with the possible exception of Ed Wood’s 1959 masterpiece, “Plan 9 from Outer Space.”
To be honest, I couldn’t stomach the whole trailer, not even a significant portion of it, so you, gentle readers, will have to fend for yourselves after all. Meanwhile, I am scouring the foreign-magazine section of the public library.
In addition to muscling YouTube, the White House has launched an investigation of the alleged mastermind/genius behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a Coptic Christian and ex-white-collar criminal named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. They are hoping that he may have violated his probation in making the film.
Somehow this seems unsporting. If making a lousy film can land you in jail, the Beverly Hills hoosegow would be jam full by now.
Come on, Obama, Hillary and the rest of you, let’s keep our eyes on the ball. This film isn’t the reason for the riots. Rioters who were interviewed by brave, intrepid reporters didn’t know bupkes about “Innocence of Muslims.”
“That’s a load of mishegass,” said one rioter. (OK, just kidding.)
The riots give every sign of being an Al-Qaeda hit, timed to the U.S. commemoration of 9/11. The rioters have raised black, Al-Qaeda-style banners to replace the American flags they have torn down and burned. They have shouted: “We are all Osamas, Obama!” This is not the sort of thing that film critics say.
Obama, Hillary and the rest of them just can’t admit that their touchy-feely Arab Spring/Muslim Outreach approach to world affairs has failed. They have bleeped up.
Let’s celebrate freedom of speech in America, but let’s also strong-arm Internet sites and throw the dumbass filmmaker back in the can (pun intended).
Take that trailer off the Internet and all the rioters will cheerfully disperse and return to their tents. Yeah, right!
You may not be seeing or hearing the following words in the future, especially if Barack is re-elected, so let me set them down for posterity:
“Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
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