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November 24, 2004

Look Who Isn't Talking: Hollywood's Conspicuous Silence on the Van Gogh Slaughter

It's a good point, after all. I haven't heard Tim Robbins expounding on the "chill wind" of oppression as regards this filmmaker's butchery at the hands of Muslim extremists:

One would think that in the name of artistic freedom, the creative community would take a stand against filmmakers being sent into hiding à la Salman Rushdie, or left bleeding in the street. Yet we've heard nary a peep from Hollywood about the van Gogh slaying. Indeed Hollywood has long walked on eggshells regarding the topic of Islamic fundamentalism. The film version of Tom Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears" changed Palestinian terrorists to neo-Nazis out a desire to avoid offending Arabs or Muslims. The war on terror is a Tinsel Town taboo, even though a Hollywood Reporter poll showed that roughly two-thirds of filmgoers surveyed would pay to see a film on the topic.

Not as important, but more interesting-fun is this:

The producer [of an anti-Kerry Club for Growth commercial] was David Zucker, a self-described "Sept. 12 Republican," who made such classics as "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun."

Like I say: conservatives in Hollywood are like closeted gays in Hollywood. You just never can tell.

David Zucker? Get out!

Seriously, man, call me. I've got a great script for you.

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