Since violence erupted at the US embassies in Libya and Egypt yesterday and this morning in Yemen, the film “Innocence of Muslims” has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should watch the 13 minute clip above. Or at least bits of it—there’s no chance you’ll make it through all thirteen minutes. Because it is perhaps the crappiest live action dialogue ever set to film.
It’s not even at at the student film level. When I was in high school my friends and I used to make home videos with a camcorder, before the advent of easy editing software, and those came out better than some of the scenes in this turd.
Which is part of the irony at the root of the protests abroad: sure, there’s never any excuse for this kind of violence and killing, no matter how offended you are. But to get offended in the first place, there should really be some kind of minimum quality threshold required to get under your skin.
The other irony is that protests have drawn much more attention to this third-runner-up-at-the-high-school-talent-show level film than it would have ever received otherwise. By rioting over it, those who took such offense to it have propagated its message a hundredfold rather than snuffing it out.
BuzzFeed has an interesting article compiling evidence that the film might not even be a real film—it might have been cobbled together from scraps shot for other things. And its supposed director Sam Bacile, whose name is on the YouTube account that uploaded the video above, may not even be a real person.
The creator of this film has become mythic, a Kaiser Soze of religious propaganda. And for what? If everyone had just ignored it, he’d just be some unknown jackass with the worst movie ever made. Worse than “The Room.” And that’s saying something.