The title may be misleading, but the message is clear. The film, “Innocence of Muslims,” is the personal statement of one individual’s hatred for Islam, and it has created a backlash of violence in Libya and Egypt.
Late Tuesday, protesters stormed the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing the U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans. Earlier in the day, several thousand protesters broke into the grounds of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.
In both incidents, protesters were angry over the depiction of Muhammad in the film. It is against Islamic beliefs to show any depiction of the prophet. The movie in question depicted Muhammad as a fraud and womanizer, and his followers as nothing more than street thugs.
According to Reuters, the movie, ‘‘Innocence of Muslims,’’ was produced by Sam Bacile, a 56-year-old California real estate developer who has said he’s both Israeli and American. The film depicts Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and madman.
The Vancouver sun reports that the film, which cost nearly $5-million to produce, has only been shown once, to a mostly empty theatre in Hollywood earlier this year.
Some webstties are speculating whether-or-not the movie even exists.
Tim of Reason.com writes:
Apparently I’m not the only one who finds the film Innocence of Muslims a little too bad to be true. It’s unclear that the film — which was the cover for apparently coordinated attacks on the U.S. embassies in Egypt and Libya that left four peope dead, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — even exists. The film’s alleged maker may also be an invention.
At ReligionsDispatches.org, Sarah Posner points out some discrepancies in Bacile’s background.
But before the July 2012 upload of the film trailer to YouTube, under the user name Sam Bacile, you’d be hard pressed to find evidence of the existence a California real estate developer online. What’s more, if whoever made the film actually spent $5 million on it, the expenditure hardly shows in the content, acting, or production values. Amateurish doesn’t even begin to describe the 13-minute trailer on YouTube.