The attacks on Lars Vilks took place on May 11, 2010, after a video depicting the 'Prophet' Muhammad in various 'pornographic' scenes.You can judge for yours...
The filmmaker knew what they were making would not be well received, and I think that the whole point of it was merely to gain attention and cause unrest. There is a line where Art is no longer really Art, and what little of the film that was included in this clearly shows that it was not what I could call Art. Freedom of speech is a double bladed sword, and usually cuts both ways. There is a time to address grievances, but I think one should be careful on how you express your opinions. Raising your voice in anger will rarely make your point count for more, and I see that both sides were to blame for this incident. The Muslim viewers showed up expecting a fight, and created the problem just as the filmmaker intended. Inciting a riot is never Art in my view, and these Muslims fell right into that trap. I have no sympathy for either side of this, and I wish that the venue had viewed the film prior to the screening and never promoted the showing of this film. I won't go into my views on porn at this time, other than there a time and place for such and this theater was definitely not the right place for such.
I refuse to tolerate ignorance, nor pay it any respect, because such has nothing to do with stupidity or intelligence but because of the insensitivity. Most of the time I can respect other people's opinions and beliefs, unless they are being ignorant. The whole point of that gathering was to incite a riot, and for that the venue and filmmaker should be legally and financially responsible for the consequences. The fact that the police were already present before the film started is a clear indication that this film was only shown to cause problems. the Venue should be fined, and the filmmaker should be jailed for their hate crime. I see very little difference between Lars Vilks and the KKK for their actions.
Andrew Bergstrom wrote: "I see very little difference between Lars Vilks and the KKK for their actions."
That's a bit of a stretch, Andrew. Vilks didn't lynch anyone, blow up their churches, or cost them their jobs. This was clearly meant to offend, but it was also clearly a response to the ridiculous objections of Muslims to Mohammed being depicted in mild cartoons or a Christian teacher allowing one of her Muslim students to name her teddy bear Mohammed. Vilks was saying to them: "Those things would not be offensive to any sane person. Here, I will show you something offensive!"
OK, so let me get this straight Andrew.
What if I attended a presentation in which a film was shown, and in the film, there was a scene depicting a restaurant owner allowing japanese people to eat in the same room as north americans. So I jump out of my seat and try to attack the filmmaker. Is the filmmaker as much to blame for that too? Or am I not just an intolerant idiot who deserve to be thrown out on my ass?
Who cares if Muslims are sensitive? That is THEIR problem. They can't continue to be allowed to act like little babies in the Western World.
Freedom of Speech also means Freedom to offend. Now we can't feel too sorry for the artist either, because he is doing this knowing full well is going to piss Muslims off. But at the same time, it needs to be done. If everyone came out and made fun of Islam, then the Muslims wouldn't be able to cry foul every time a rare instance occurred.
More power to the artist, I say. It's interesting to note as well the large police force ... I think this was expected to happen.
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