The next outrage: Muslims offended by new Harvey Keitel film

posted at 6:27 pm on September 27, 2006 by Allahpundit

Remember when the only thing you had to worry about in a Harvey Keitel movie was whether he’d take out his schwanz?

An Italian film has sparked a debate in the Muslim community for its representation of Islam. ‘Il mercante di pietre’ (The Stone Merchant) by Italian filmmaker Renzo Martinelli “brings back to mind Nazi propaganda against the Jews,” accuses Dacia Valent, the spokesperson of the Islamic Anti-Defamation League, an Italian group. Her view is shared by the association of Young Muslims of Italy whose forum is full of messages comparing the movie to Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda…

The movie is controversial as all the Muslims it portrays are terrorists.

At a recent press conference, Martinelli said his film was meant to “sound the alarm against multiculturalists who justify everything and are in favour of opening up Europe – all signs the Muslim world perceives as a weakness, taking advantage of us.” The filmmaker – who told reporters he goes around armed just in case some militant attacked him – added tha he “didn’t attack Muslims but tried to understand them.”

Keitel plays a Muslim convert and secret Al Qaeda operative who’s given the agonizing choice of exploding a dirty bomb in the English Channel(?) for the glory of Allah or spending the rest of his life having soul-replenishing sex with Jane “The Lover”/”Color of Night” March.

The real story is director Martinelli, who’s got a rod for anti-jihad:

Martinelli told the media: “Politically collaborative Europe will pay for its mistakes. Our civilisation mustn’t show signs of weakness”.

More:

Introducing his new film, Il Mercante di Pietre (The Stone Merchant), to the press in Rome (Repubblica, September 14) he went right to the point: “The terrorists are among us. I go everywhere armed.” Then, detouring back to the year 1453, he said Constantinople had been lost because somebody left a gate open. “Just so has Europe left a door open through which Muslims now infiltrate.”

And more still:

“I criticize us; the Europeans, for letting Islam spread all across Europe. Optimist and multicultural Europe will defray the cost of its preferences.”

You can watch the trailer here. Be forewarned that there’s a brief scene of Keitel choosing the non-radioactive option. Vigorously.

Update: This post is as close as I’m going to get to a peg, so here you go.


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as Michelle would say “Boo-freakin’-Hoo” if the Muslims in Italy don’t like this movie.

Starblazer on September 27, 2006 at 6:42 PM

Be forewarned that there’s a brief scene of Keitel choosing the non-radioactive option. Vigorously.

My virgin eyes!

Valiant on September 27, 2006 at 6:54 PM

Remember when the only thing you had to worry about in a Harvey Keitel movie was whether he’d take out his schwanz?

Just ask Tom Cruise and ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

Nowadays, Harvey appears not to have a problem with starring in movies that politically stir the pot in the other direction – Path to 9/11 and now this. Hollywood must really be getting a bit agitated with Mr. White

Rick on September 27, 2006 at 7:00 PM

Remember when the only thing you had to worry about in a Harvey Keitel movie was whether he’d take out his schwanz?

Yeah. As we used to say: “Oh man – Harvey’s showing his Keitel. Oh, Holly’s showing her Hunter.”

It just sounded right.

Editor on September 27, 2006 at 7:10 PM

I’ve been pissed at Harvey since The Piano, so I can see where they’re coming from. As long as he keeps his pants on, I’ll watch it. If he’s the Islamic Winston Wolfe, we’re in trouble.

Bravo to Mr. Martinelli. Europe needs strong voices.

Pablo on September 27, 2006 at 7:23 PM

Gross Rick!

This thread is deteriorating into potty talk.

Well, the whole Muslim outrage thing is such old news now. We can’t do anything without pissing them off. No one has the right to not get offended. I’m sure Jenny McCartney is commiting some terrible sin with her book (which actually sounds kind of interesting…)

I’m offended by too few coming out against the violence of a “few extremists.”

It’s time for some Muslim apologies.

NTWR on September 27, 2006 at 7:28 PM

oopps, Jenny McCarthy-please don’t get offended.

NTWR on September 27, 2006 at 7:32 PM

Oh, Heaven (or whatever it is in this multicultural universe) forbid! Europe should be “warned” of what they have invited in? This sounds like, like, “Islamophobia”!

Somebody call CAIR! Somebody call the ACLU! There are certainly people there without any SENSE of normalcy, who are ready to listen to shilled cries of “racism” or “Islamophobia.”

How much does anybody want to bet that we’ll never see this film in America?

Not a Dhimmicrat on September 27, 2006 at 7:56 PM

You probably could have stopped writing this post as ‘Muslims offended’.

Let’s face it. They always are.

Kevin M on September 27, 2006 at 8:03 PM

Between the rightwing ABC hit piece and this xenophobic propaganda, Keitel’s really fighting the good fight. Yay, Keitel.

Alex K on September 27, 2006 at 8:10 PM

Anybody know when this is coming out in the US?

CP on September 27, 2006 at 8:43 PM

It’s about time someone stood for the West.

Multiculturalists beware, Keitel is in the house.

Theworldisnotenough on September 27, 2006 at 9:01 PM

I question the timing of the outrage. And Kevin M was correct in that you could have stopped typing after saying “Muslims are outraged”, simply because everything seems to piss them off to no end.

Now, if they were to be outraged by “The Color of Night” I’d join them. One of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Shame on you Bruce Willis!

Bellicose Muse on September 27, 2006 at 9:40 PM

Remember that movie about the sub that was on a mission to intercept some Nazi boat that had the secret codes in it that Keitel was in? Well I remember him saying though that one of the things in his life he’s the most proud of was his service in the USMC. I believe those who acted in that film were all on Larry King and my mother said something like that kind of made up for his “performance” in The Piano.

Catie96706 on September 27, 2006 at 9:57 PM

Would it be rude of me to mention that I nailed Jane March’s “body double” from this film? I’m just askin…

HerrMorgenholz on September 27, 2006 at 10:00 PM

Too bad George Bush doesn’t feel the way this director does! He thinks Islam is a “Religion of Peace”.

Soothsayer on September 28, 2006 at 12:24 AM

I’m sure the Islamic Anti-Defamation League was perfectly cool with “The Merchant of Venice”.

Niko on September 28, 2006 at 2:39 AM

Between the rightwing ABC hit piece and this xenophobic propaganda, Keitel’s really fighting the good fight.

Xenophobic propaganda, Alex K? Tell me, what did you think of Syriana?

And how is this story of a white guy xenophobic?

Pablo on September 28, 2006 at 8:31 AM

Let’s face it. They always are.

Is there anything that Muslims are NOT offended by?

pullingmyhairout on September 28, 2006 at 9:12 AM

I wonder if the Muslim men will watch this before Friday prayers or after?

moonsbreath on September 28, 2006 at 12:13 PM

I liked Harvey Kitel and Keith Carradine in “The Duelist”, the story of two french officers (Napoleonic) and their fights over the years. I also liked his performance in the 9/11 series on ABC. Something that shows how tough the battle is and doesn’t sugarcoat it.

tormod on September 28, 2006 at 12:24 PM