Cue the cheap political stunt
Petition seeks to revoke â€˜Paradise Nowâ€™ nod
Claim the film glorifies Palestinian suicide bombers
A petition claiming that the movie â€œParadise Nowâ€ glorifies Palestinian suicide bombers and asking for its removal from Oscar consideration was delivered Friday to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences â€” two days before the Academy Awards.
The petition, carrying more than 36,000 signatures garnered online, was presented at the academyâ€™s Beverly Hills headquarters by Arab-American peace activist Nonie Darwish.
Darwish said â€œParadise Nowâ€ â€œdid not show the evils of terrorism enough.â€
â€œAny one of us could be a victim of terror at any time,â€ she said. â€œIslamic terror has become an epidemic. We donâ€™t need to understand it. We donâ€™t need to excuse it…. No more. We need to end it.â€
Academy spokesman John Pavlik declined to comment on the petition and said he was unsure if officials would examine it.
However, he was clear about whether the nomination of â€œParadise Nowâ€ would be withdrawn.
â€œNot gonna happen,â€ Pavlik said. â€œIt would be physically impossible to happen between now and Sunday and, beyond that, weâ€™re not going to disqualify films because some people donâ€™t like the content.â€
â€œParadise Nowâ€ tells the fictional story of two young mechanics from the West Bank town of Nablus sent to carry out a double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The film won a Golden Globe Award in January and is nominated for an Oscar for best foreign film.
I see a little well-timed manufactured outrage at a time when Americans are losing interest in the Clash of Civilizations and who are aren’t exactly Batshit Bonkers about Muslims!Muslims!Muslims!* at the gate. Of course the timing on Friday before the Academy Awards is a story unto itself in that there is no way that anything was ever going to come of their complaint had they done this, say, a month ago and we would have had time to dismiss them for the cranks that they are.
As for 36,000 signatures collected online: big fucking deal. I could get more than that asking the government to crucify Scott Stapp.
*A quick tour around the Malkin Swamp would seem that her use of the term “unhinged” is starting to lose it’s cachet. See: Jimmy Walker/dy-no-mite!