The Movie That Sparked Violence in Egypt and Libya May Be A Fraud

The "anti-Muslim" movie which touched off riots in Egypt and resulted in the death of the US Ambassador to Libya may not be an actual movie. The YouTube trailer for the film (below), with a production value on par with many amateur web series, certainly dispels the notion that it is a 5 million dollar film.

According to Buzzfeed though, it may be worse than just a bad film, the entire thing could be a fraud:
As the video above — cut from the YouTube video tied to a global controversy — shows, nearly all of the names in the movie's "trailer" are overdubbed. The video is a compilation of the most clumsily overdubbed moments from what is in reality an incoherent, haphazardly-edited set of scenes. Among the overdubbed words is "Mohammed," suggesting that the footage was taken from a film about something else entirely. The footage also suggests multiple video sources — there are obvious and jarring discrepancies among actors and locations.

However, CNN has reported that the cast and crew disavowed the movie, and the overdubbing could also have been to conceal the content from the cast itself.

As The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg reported today, the supposed filmmaker, "Sam Bacile," appears not to be a real person — or at least not the director of the movie. A consultant to the movie, Steve Klein, told Goldberg that he didn't know Bacile's real name and that he wasn't Israeli as reported.

Whether this was a heartfelt effort at filmmaking that simply went horribly, horribly wrong (in a creative sense) or a deliberately misleading effort to grab publicity or spark violence, it seems that the "director" of the film has some explaining to do.

Bad film making certainly doesn't justify murder, if it did the U.S. would be in ruins already, but if your publicity grab results in violence and death, then you certainly can't claim to have zero responsibility.

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