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September 12, 2012

You Know That "Movie" That The Islamists Are Rioting Over? It's F A A A A A K E
Update: Maybe Not; See Update

It's fake... but somewhat accurate. But largely fake. Note Update.

If this is what the riots are about -- well, then, some members of the Religion of Peace seems to have had a hand in the "blasphemy" themselves.

Now, the movie itself is real. Ish. It's a very cheap production. 90% of it is taped against a crude greenscreen, with static photos layered in to be the scenery.

A character named Mohammad does not seem to appear in it.

I think if you watch from 2:31 to 2:55 you can see the clear, crude, amateurish, stupid overdub, changing the name of the character to "Mohammad" from something else entirely.

I can't tell at all that the voice goes from a native speaker of English to a non-native (Arabic) English speaker at all.

They then dub a woman at 3:45 to say "Mohammad," even though she plainly doesn't.

At 9:05-9:06, they dub a woman to say "Is your Mohammad a child molester?," even though she clearly doesn't. The scene does in fact seem to reference Mohammad's marriage to a 9-year-old-- but it's been souped-up with an overdub for those who have difficulty with subtext.

At 10:27, another extremely crude overdub occurs.

Clear overdubs occur when referencing the wife of Mohammad, at 12:45.

A lot of the real dialogue does suggest a parody of the life of Mohammad. Like, at around 10:00, real dialogue asks if "The Master" is "gay." And "dominant."

Here's what I think happened: Someone made a very bad, very cheap "Life of Brian" spoof of Mohammad. Let's say they called the character "Hamad."

This is a guess, but the name appears to have two syllables (note in the second overdub I mentioned above they have to stutter the film to fake a third and fourth syllable).

As in Life of Brian, they had a main character who was not, supposedly, the figure being spoofed.

Which these guys would take to be Blasphemy anyway, of course. But they weren't sure that enough people would understand that "Hamad" is supposed to be a spoof of Mohammad, so they "helped" their flock understand it by crudely overdubbing in the name "Mohammad" and various other provocations.

But that makes the overdubbers here guilty of blasphemy-- they themselves turned this into a forbidden depiction of His Undepictableness.

Check it out, tell me if I'm going wrong.

Hmmm... Although the overdubs are, as is clear to the eye and ear, clearly overdubs, it's possible -- possible -- the someone in the production is responsible for the overdubs.

If you take this...

And it appears he fooled the 80 cast and crew members who worked on the film, Innocence of Muslims, who claimed in a statement that they were misled by the producer.

'The entire cast and crew are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer,' they said. 'We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose.

'We are shocked by the drastic re-writes of the script and lies that were told to all involved. We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred.'

...it's possible a game was played where they were given a script, which didn't mention Mohammad, and then someone dubbed in "Mohammad" in post-production.

It's all so crudely done, though.

In this scenario, the actors would be hired on under the understanding the film is about "Hamad," but, in post-production, overdubs make it clear it's about Mohammad.

Thanks to Lauren for that.

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