How dare a filmmaker shed light on an atrocity commited in an Islamic country?
Don’t they understand how the system works? You can make the U.S. military the bad guy, or a redneck, or a Bible thumper, but you simply do not cast blame on people of Muslim faith.
Even if it’s all based on a true story.
What other message can be found from some reviews of the new film “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” which tells the true story of an Iranian woman stoned to death by her fellow villagers for committing adultery.
Let’s let Jan Stuart of The Washington Post hurl the first stone:
” … the worst kind of exploitive Hollywood melodrama, presented under the virtuous guise of moral outrage.”
The New York Times, a bastion of fair and balanced reportage, allows Stephen Holden to let his ideological blinders guide the way:
“Mr. Negahban’s Ali, who resembles a younger, bearded Philip Roth, suggests an Islamic fundamentalist equivalent of a Nazi anti-Semitic caricature.”
You’d think Holden would give the filmmakers courage points after pointing out this hard truth:
“… filmed in an unidentified location to avoid possible reprisals,”
Nope. “Courageous” remains a label exclusively for actors who repeat exactly what their fellow actors think, but do so loudly.
Let’s wrap things up with The Onion, the satirical paper which can’t summon the stomach to mock the new president – talk about cowardly behavior from alleged humorists – but allows its film reporters to wax ideological whenever they feel like it. (hat tip: Threedonia)
“It takes zero political courage to speak out against the obvious barbarism of public stonings or the oppressive patriarchy of sharia law, but the film whips out the megaphone anyway, eager to extrapolate the martyrdom of an innocent woman into a broader condemnation of the Muslim world.”
If it takes no political courage to speak out … then why is this arguably the first film to do so?
Good thing Oscar winner Michael Moore doesn’t “whip out the megaphone” with his nuanced documentaries.
It’s exhausting swatting away such phony criticisms, but it’s instructive all the same.
UPDATE: To read a fair – and critical – assessment of the film that doesn’t devolve into ideology, check out The Denver Post’s take on the film.
(Photo: Shohreh Aghdashloo plays an Iranian woman out to stop a barbaric execution in “The Stoning of Soraya M.”)