Posts Tagged ‘controversy’

Muhammad Controversy 2.0

April 23, 2010

Man, here we are again. A new muhammad depiction controversy.

This time it’s south park (or rather; the creators of south park) who are being threatened to silence.

The great thing about this is that noone can acuse the south park creators of exclusively targeting muslims or muhammad for ridicule – judaism and christianity has certainly been mocked good and well – as has Scientology in an episode not aired (if you google it, you’ll see…) due to the controversy.

Of course it is only Islam that has a problem with depiction – but really, it is so obvious that by the very nature of South Park they MUST be disrespectful to any group that claim to know the truth, and want to set up boudaries for free speech – you cannot in any way acuse the creators of south park for being racist, islamophobic because they have this episode. They really would be racist if they did not have an episode like this – then they would treat muslims as if they were expecting them to behave like psycotic savages, rather than as civilized as the most extreme among Christians and Jews…

By the way, I think they were going too easy on the muslims and Muhammad…

But I respect that the creators did it, even though their broadcasting company has now constrained their freedom of speech on this issue – as long as it is not self-imposed self-censorship by the creators, I respect it. I once heard a journalist say that he tried hard not to censor himself – that’s what he had an editor for….

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Political correctness is for intolerant assholes.

September 28, 2008

Man, political correctness is just another word for political control. It’s just another word for censorship. It’s just another word for bullying those who are different. It’s just another word for name-calling and shaming out those with whom we disagree. It’s just another word for dictatorship by majority rule. It’s just another word for a crypto-fascist need to control what other people say and think. It’s another word for thought-police. It’s just another way to say “You are NOT allowed to say that, since questions the basic assumptions I call my reality”.

Political correctness is a tool used for political oppression and witch-hunting. I hate political correctness.

Political correctness is just way of saying THE TRUTH? – WE CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

Political correctness is political suppression.

... nope... you can't handle it...

Europe surrenders – Fitna the movie removed

March 29, 2008

Amazingly liveleak has decided to remove Fitna the movie, apparently due to death threats against their employees.

See the official statement HERE

NOTE – the movie is still available through p2p sites such as piratebay.org or similar – and since these sites are not in themselves legal and the movie has been made public, I would consider it completely legal to use one of these sites to get hold of the movie.

This is the most ridiculous thing ever – not only have the European governments shown themselves to be spineless or without any understanding of the fact that appeasement does not necessarily lead to a fair, equal compromise, but will often lead to continued aggression – sometimes it really is best to take a confrontation of ideas up front, and stand up for what you believe yourself.

So many ridiculous reactions have been made to this film – like its especially rude or extreme? Se various extreme reactions by the UN and various Middle Eastern governments HERE.

Comparisons with for instance the German anti-semitic propaganda movies are totally missing the point.

This is a movie simply displaying facts and letting Muslims themselves express how they think the quran should be interpreted. No clips in the movie are more than seven years old, nothing is really done to dishonor or insult muslims – the reason for the huge impact of the movie is simply watching stuff like homosexuals being hanged in Middle Eastern countries etc., and this is not something made up by Geert Wilders.

I wonder how come the new muhammed cartoons  has caused so little stir internationally? It seems nobody outside Denmark are really aware that new cartoons have been made by one of the cartoonists – and actually many Danes aren’t even aware.

Fitna the movie

March 28, 2008

If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it HERE.

I must say I’m very surprised – the movie really isn’t very shocking or anything? – I had imagined that Geert Wilders (the guy who looks incredibly dutch almost like a pastiche of what people from the Netherlands look like, and has a totally laughable haircut) had made some sort of Michael Moore style movie, and that it actually contained some desecration of the Quran… it’s really something that could have easily been a youtube movie…

And NO – tearing out pages in the Quran is hinted at, but is not shown – you hear the sound of a page tearing off-screen, while some on-screen text explains its a page from a phone book, and that Muslims should have their own confrontation with their own religion…

And YES – the muhammed cartoons are part of the movie.

But all the fuss, the threats and everything shows that Wilders has an important point – if this movie were to be forbidden it would be totally ridiculous.

And if you don’t want to spend 15 minutes understanding something thats subject to intense political debate, heres a short description of the movie: the whole movie consists of cross-cutting between verses (Surahs) from the Quran, footage from various terrorist act and various Muslims exclaiming that wish for world domination or “Death to the Infidels!”. In the end there are some facts about muslims in Europe and some speculation about what the future might bring.

Pretty basic actually – I did not feel the least bit provoked. The movie is totally acceptable and within the bounds of even the most politically correct definition of freedom of speech.

I Salute Geert Wilders!

Not for the movie in itself, but for making the movie, even at huge personal costs – he will have to fear for his life the rest of his years…

It is hardcore to put your life on the line for your beliefs, both if you’re a muslim extremist or Geert Wilders – but I salute people who live an extreme life, not ordinary people who value their own safety and comfort over any ideals they might hold.

For a much more interesting and enlightened comment than I am able to provide, visit the blog of Flemming Rose, the newspaper editor that decided to print the Muhammed Cartoons – NORTHERN LIGHT

Update on the Muhammad Crisis…

March 12, 2008

Just a quick update, from the sewers of the Danish news-media.

1. Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist behind the world-famous muhammad-with-a-bomb-in-his-turban cartoon, is trying to get the court to prevent an organisation called “stop the islamisation of Denmark” to use it on posters an in a rally to be held this saturday. The cartoonist explains that he did not make his cartoon with a specific political purpose, and does not want any political group to hi-jack his cartoon advancing their own agenda. The group plans to march in a Danish city (Aalborg – 3rd biggest city) with posters of the cartoon saying “if you don’t like this picture – GET OUT” (approximation of the Danish slogan). In my opinion – fair enough. The cartoonist should have the copyright/intellectual property rights of his own drawing.

2. According to Danish state television, a new “crisis” is underway. In several middle-eastern countries huge demonstrations against Denmark are being held, and the Danish farming (actually dairy – milk, cheese & butter) industry is starting to feel the effect of a boycot. It seems fashionable to dislike Denmark and not buy Danish products.

3. An exhibition of the Danish “art group” (their kind of art makes me throw up mentally) surrend (surrend.org) have been closed down in Berlin due to threats – the exhibition contained an image of the kabalah with the words “dummer stein” (stupid stone” printed on it. The exhibition also contained among other things a picture of a traditional Jewish hat with the words “dummer hut” (stupid hat) printed. In my eyes this is in no way fit to be called art – some people are apparently provoked – personally I find the whole set-up totally disturbingly stupid, and the fact that the exhibition was shown, clearly shows that the modern concept of art has run it’s course.

New Muhammed Cartoons

March 8, 2008

The cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who made the famous muhammad-with-a-bomb-in-his-turban cartoon, and has been the target of a foiled assassination plan has made a couple of new cartoons with great potential for sparking debate and protest.

The first one is a cartoon illustrating his own feelings (the hare represents the urge to hide and run away) during the whole muhammad cartoon affair. The cartoonist has labeled this drawing his “official comment” to the whole affair.

This one speaks for itself.

Enjoy!