January 23, 2008, - 3:39 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
As readers will recall, when I met and interviewed Sylvester Stallone at the late 2006 Detroit premiere of “Rocky Balboa,” I asked him about the plot of “Rambo“–the final installment of the “Rambo” series. (It debuts Friday). He told me it was about Rambo rescuing missionaries from terrorism. I asked him if they were Islamic terrorists. No, he told me, they are Burmese terrorists.
Well, I just got back from a screening of “Rambo.” And while I’m prohibited from reviewing it until it comes out, this weekend, I do have this to say:
While I was watching over an hour of Asian men committing all kinds of bloody, graphic torture, rape of males and females, and murder against their own people and Americans, I thought to myself, can you imagine if the terrorists were Muslims?
I’m not saying the terrorists of Myanmar/Burma–the setting of this movie–don’t do these things to their people. They definitely do. But so do Muslim governments and Islamic terrorists, who set the bar. Yet, no-one in Hollywood will dare make such a movie depicting this, post-9/11. After all, we must respect the “real victims” of 9/11–the religion of the perpetrators.
As I mentioned this to a critic from one of Detroit’s major newspapers, he agreed, saying, “Yeah, they’d never make a movie like that. It would be very controversial.”
I guess the Council on American-Myanmar Relations hasn’t yet set up shop in America to whine, cajole, PC-ify, and sue the heck out of Hollywood.
I paraphrase George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” often on this site. But it is so true:
All of the animals in the barnyard are equal. But some are more equal than others.
Asians are acceptable terrorists on the silver screen. Muslims and Arabs? Whitewash City.
Stay tuned for my complete “Rambo” review on Friday. (Also, don’t forget my weekly Friday Morning movie reviews at approximately 10:35 a.m. on Sirius Patriot Channel 144 on “The Mike Church Show.”) Believe me, I have plenty more to say about this film.
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