May 12, 2009, - 4:40 pm

LA Times: You Know Who’d Make a Better Movie Terrorist Than Muslims? . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
. . .Debbie Schlussel, that’s who.
Yup, Los Angeles Times movie writer, Patrick Goldstein–who’d have nothing to do or read about if he was cured of his one-sided obsession with me (including here and here among others)–thinks I, not Bin Laden or Nasrallah, or Islamic Jihad, am the real terrorist. And it’s because he can’t stand the post I made about “Angels & Demons” and its Muslim-to-Dane-infidel assassin script change and the incredible attention it’s getting.
An excerpt:

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L.A. Times’ Patrick Goldstein: Cast Schlussel, Not Muslims, as Terrorist

How did the Howard-directed thriller go from being anti-Catholic to pro-Muslim? According to early press reports, Howard apparently changed the identity of an assassin, who is Muslim in the Dan Brown bestseller, to someone who is now Danish. For the rest of us, this is — how should I put it — not such a big deal. But for Schlussel? . . . .
I don’t exactly have a direct line to Ron Howard to talk to him about his casting process. But here’s my suggestion: The next time Howard does a Dan Brown thriller, if there’s a good part for a terrorist, I think he oughta make sure Debbie Schlussel gets first crack at the job.

So let’s see, in the last two days, I’ve had tens of thousands of people read my entry on “Angels & Demons” and director Ron Howard’s decision to recast a specifically Muslim assassin as a Dane. But Goldstein says that for everyone aside from me–“the rest of us”–it’s “not such a big deal.”
Says who? The Patrick Goldstein licked finger in the air instant poll? Apparently.

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19 Responses

Hi Debbie,
When I read your original post on this, the switch to someone Danish reminded me of the Danish cartoon controversy. So, I was thinking how scary it is to be the target of violent angry Muslims. And I wondered if the switch was done to protect the film from angry Muslims who might become violent over the film having the Muslim villain. (Hmmm, maybe making the villain a Dane was a subtle way of pointing to the true villain.)
And I thought of Christopher Hitchens great post reflecting on two decades after reception of The Satanic Verses, Assassins of the Mind.

Perpetua on May 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Here’s the link to the Hitchen’s article in Vanity Fair:
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/02/hitchens200902
[P: HITCHENS IS NEITHER WORTHY OF OUR ATTENTION NOR OF OUR RESPECT. HE HAS A HISTORY OF ANTI-ISRAEL VITRIOL AND PAN-ISLAMIC STATEMENTS AND AND OPPOSED VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY MEASURES AGAINST MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM TERRORISTS ON OUR SOIL. BUT YOU WON’T LEARN STUFF LIKE THAT FROM YOUR CLUELESS FRIEND HANAN TUDOR A/K/A “BRIGITTE GABRIEL.” DS]

Perpetua on May 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

They become violent at the drop of a hat. Anything appears to set Muslims off if they take offense. Hollywood’s reaction is to practice cowardice to avoid endangering their audiences and hurt their profits. This from the people who claim to be fearless in their exploration of the human condition. Of course that’s not in evidence when its Islam. Just ask Ron Howard and Patrick Goldstein why censoring Islam is in their words, “its not such a big deal.”

NormanF on May 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm

How long will it be until a movie about 9/11 will have Puerto Rico separatists flying the planes into the Twin Towers?
[IAM: I’VE SAID BEFORE THAT THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, BUT REGARDLESS, IF PATRICK GOLDSTEIN IS THE CATING DIRECTOR, I’M SET, BECAUSE I GET TO PLAY BIN LADEN, ER . . . BIN GUTIERREZ. DS]

i_am_me on May 12, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Hi Debbie,
Sorry, I didn’t know Hitchens was persona non grata here. I linked that article because he talked about how the media was self-censoring after the Rushdie fatwa and I thought that was what Ron Howard was doing.
I also don’t know who Hanan Tudor AKA Brigitte Gabriel is. Not my friend. Why do you think I am in any way affiliated with that person?

Perpetua on May 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

This must irritate Patrick no end because most people donít know how Hollywood tampers with art in the name of politics. Good piece. Debbie isnít causing problems, she is exposing them Patrick. There is a difference.

BPT on May 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Good grief these libs are a detestable bunch. It goes to show how arrogant people can truly get with just a little bit of power(newspaper). What a truly UGLY BASTARD.
On another note, whats up with Bridgette Gabriels aka? First I’ve heard of something negative connected to her. I read a book she wrote years ago but other than that I just see her on Fox once in a while.
[S: HER REAL NAME IS HANAN TUDOR AND SHE IS AN EGOMANIAC FRAUD. SHE RAISED MONEY FOR AN ORGANIZATION THAT DEFENDED ANTI-SEMITIC, HOLOCAUST-DENIAL, MUSLIM DEATH THREATS ON MY LIFE. AND SHE’S CLUELESS. THE BOOK “SHE WROTE” WAS WRITTEN BY JERRY GORDON, THE JEWISH GUY SHE PAID $500 A MONTH AND THEN FIRED. SHE’S A COMPLETE PHONY AND DIVA INTERESTED IN PADDING HER BANK ACCOUNT AND EGO, AND THAT’S IT. I WILL BE WRITING MORE ABOUT THIS COMPLETELY DISGUSTING CON ARTIST. DS]

samurai on May 12, 2009 at 8:33 pm

how immature-can’t he agree to disagree

mindy1 on May 12, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Wow, things are obviously not what they appear, A LOT.
On a brighter(sort of) note, I just got done watching the movie TAKEN for the second time. A lot of very good quotes in that great movie as well as superb hand to hand action. It’s categorized in many web sites as a French movie. It took in $214,449,654 worldwide gross. For a movie costing about 27 mil it shows that people will go watch a GOOD movie. DVD sales should do well.

samurai on May 12, 2009 at 11:16 pm

BTW it just came to me. This Patrick Goldstein is a ringer for the guy in the SAW movies. C’mon, seriously!!! Thing is the actor was done up to look like he had a very advanced terminal illness, aka looking like s–t.

samurai on May 12, 2009 at 11:21 pm

Who cares about the LA times? This is the same paper yesterday that slammed Miss California. While she was being vindicated everywhere else the Times reported that she “Hijacked” the Pageant in order to spread her message as if she had prior information that degenerate sodomite Perez Hilton was going to ask her about queer marriage. The times along with most other mainstream media sources will not stop being pro idiocy until they are forced to do so either through the courts or via alternative means. The best part though Debbie is it gave you free publicity

Marty Fee on May 13, 2009 at 8:04 am

In the ever increasingly Topsy turvy wacky world of the fascist left, every day becomes “opposite day” : Good=Bad, Self Control=Oppression, Up=Down, and now Principled Conservatives=T@rr@rists. These are the same people who will raise h@ly h@ll regarding “interrogation techniques” but who, for the life of me, I cannot figure why, do not see anything wrong with puncturing a Pre-Born Baby’s skull just prior to birth (while the child is viable and ready to be born) to snuff out the Baby’s life, but object to water boarding terrorists? Double and Triple standards. The left feeds on, and breeds, fear and ignorance. If most Americans had a well researched and comprehensive working knowledge of the devolution of America, they would be ticked off. And since there is no Principled opposition from either party, the fascist left continues to get away with murder…

Roads Skolar on May 13, 2009 at 8:32 am

I know this is off topic, but please write your piece on Brigette. This is also the first time I heard of anything negative about her. I’ve read “Because They Hate” and “They Must Be Stopped.” Got way freaked out in the process. (Jerry did a good job, by the way.)
Then again, I didn’t know about the Arab connections to the Heritage Foundation either.

cirrus1701 on May 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

My prediction is that Angels and Demons won’t do well, in part because of the Muslim switheroo. Sorry, Pat, Americans aren’t stupid. PC heavy movies will be punished at the BO. Debbie’s just helping us to understand Hollywood parlour tricks.

sonomaca on May 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

Patrick Goldstein, you are a great big jerk.

mplumb on May 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Gee Sounds just like what happened with that other motion picture where the author had a Muslim killing people….they change the nationality of that one too….Oh, did you forget the Tom Clancy Novel?…..I didn’t.
I will continue to boycott the Dan Brown and Clancy films where directors change the villan from moslem to anything other than the portayal presented by the authors.
Am I worried about offending them? Not really, my Remmington works just fine thank you.
BTW Attorney “?” General Holden and Clinton were great friends to the terrorists from the seventies….I was on my way to a reserve center the FALN bombed…..five minutes earlier and I wouldn’t be writing this note to you folks…..Great choice Obaminator, or is that shiek Hussein Obamination. Show us, where were you really born…..Remember you are supposed to be the President of the United States…..shame on you for bowing in subjugation to that foreign potentate….or is it shiek, Kaliff? or to you and your kind……master (Democrats to subjugated actions)

Jim G on May 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Early reports indicate Angels and Demons will be a big fat BUST. I sort of suspected this might be the case when the producers tried to play the anti-Catholic “controversy” angle. Guess what: no one cares, and no one is scared of Danish terrorists (unless they are Danish Muslims).

sonomaca on May 13, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I wont be going or renting. Believe it or not, I saw the DaVinny Code on TV. Could have been the second airing too.
Recently, I was shocked to see Howard AND Hanks talking about the religious aspects of the movie on the History channel. They were trying to justify their distortions of religious history beyond the book telling a yarn. Weird. Are they now Imams?
“Taken” was mentioned above and I just finished watching my DVD but it was not the extended cut I waited for. Argh. Must go back to the store tomorrow and buy another so this one will get passed along. Excellent movie! Liam is so hawt and a fine actor. Sorry for his trouble.
P.S. The LA Times is such an afterthought to me they end up in the post script as I see them circling the drain with Califailure.

FeFe on May 14, 2009 at 4:08 am

Dan Brown is a terrible writer. The DaVinci Code was a terrible movie. I will not be lining up to see this excrement. I’m not Catholic. I’m not offended. The only thing that is offended is my intelligence.

fleiter on May 14, 2009 at 11:41 am

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