Bollywood as clueless as Hollywood

posted at 10:27 am on December 1, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

One might think that an attack like Mumbai just suffered, in which as many as 300 died, might tend to focus the minds of Indians on the true definition of terrorism.  Not according to Bollywood, India’s film industry, which apparently has more in common with Hollywood than just a clever twist on the name:

On the evening of Nov. 26, the biggest names in Bollywood walked the red carpet at the Bombay premiere of “The President Is Coming,” a comedy about six 20-somethings vying to win the right to shake hands with President Bush.

Among those in attendance at the star-studded premiere Wednesday evening was Bollywood’s “new heartthrob” Imran Khan, who proudly posed for paparazzi donning a T-shirt with Mr. Bush’s face sandwiched between the words “International Terrorist.”

Mr. Khan – a member of India’s Muslim minority – chose not to mock international terrorists who kill in the name of Allah. He and his co-religionists know the deadly results for those who do.

At the precise moment Mr. Khan and hundreds of others making their fortunes in the multibillion-dollar Indian movie business were watching “The President Is Coming,” only a few blocks away, 10 20-something Muslim extremists began a horrific three-day terror spree.

Azam Amir Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist, told his saviors, “I was told to kill to my last breath.” The 21-year-old Pakistani stated that the group’s goal was to kill 5,000 people. Overall, at least 174 people died and more than 300 were injured.

Andrew Breitbart reports that Khan wore this shirt despite the deaths of family members of other members of the Bollywood community.  Khan’s shirt may have been the most obvious evidence of cluelessness — and the most crass — but he was hardly alone.   They’re busy blaming the police for their ineptitude rather than the terrorists themselves (with some justification) while declaring the terrorists insane and demanding that the same authorities chase after them with butterfly nets rather than guns, which seems wildly contradictory to everyone outside of Bollywood … and Hollywood.

Interestingly, George Bush has a much higher approval rating in India than in the US.  Forty-five percent approve of his job performance, while 34% disapprove.  I’d bet that number rises in the wake of Mumbai as the people of India have more sense than their film industry and realize who the real terrorists are — and which leader has managed to keep his own nation safe from them since 9/11.  Part of that success comes from recognizing who the real terrorists are, and ignoring the pop-culture twits who can only take cheap shots at the safe targets from the sidelines.  (via Power Line and Instapundit)


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Actors are actors…why expect anything else from them.

right2bright on December 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

If you’re as dumb as the average film actor, you’re almost dumb enough to believe “this is all Bush’s fault.”

RBMN on December 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

This world is doomed.

blatantblue on December 1, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Freakin idiot.

StephC on December 1, 2008 at 10:32 AM

At the precise moment Mr. Khan and hundreds of others making their fortunes in the multibillion-dollar Indian movie business were watching “The President Is Coming,” only a few blocks away, 10 20-something Muslim extremists began a horrific three-day terror spree.

So, he decided to where this shirt before the attacks?

Count to 10 on December 1, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Ah, the idiot children who act for a living making one line comments on their political knowledge. Actors and actresses fighting against the very people and institutions that keep them in the film industry and their lavish lifestyles. Even the writers at Holly/Bollywood couldn’t make this stuff up.

4shoes on December 1, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Good grief..what a moron.

becki51758 on December 1, 2008 at 10:37 AM

so when does bollywood put out its version of “loose change” blaming bush for mumbai?

brak on December 1, 2008 at 10:37 AM

It’s comforting to know that celebrities overseas are as utterly worthless and vacuous as ours are.

Actors and singers will all be replaced by computer animation soon and good riddance.

NoDonkey on December 1, 2008 at 10:38 AM

It’s not like he made the shirt himself from an original idea… and it’s not like what comes out of his mouth on the screen are his ideas either.

He’s just playing pretend.

Wander on December 1, 2008 at 10:39 AM

When will actors realize that the vast majority of people, that is, everyone outside of the Hollywood and youth coccoon, look upon them as nothing but a bunch of pretty faces. Who cares what they think or say or put on their t-shirts?

CarolynM on December 1, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Yet another data point that one does not need to be smart to be an actor. Sure he can act (I’ll generously assume), but can he think?

rbj on December 1, 2008 at 10:43 AM

That guy is the “new heartthrob?” Gotta wonder if Brad Pitt is worried about losing his status – or maybe Grouco Marx’ relatives are thinking that he is coming after an inheritance.

perroviejo on December 1, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Bollywood? Blaming the police? The police did the best they could. Would probably be same here. Bad guys out number the cops with weapons. The cops don’t have here. Looked like a Sean Penn type dude.

sheebe on December 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM

I’m wantin’ to war-paint up and open a large can of whoop-ass on that little bollywood freakoid.

Jed1899 on December 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM

great….I hope the next stray bullet finds this IDIOT’s temple……

SDarchitect on December 1, 2008 at 10:53 AM

They’re talking about India on Stern this morning. The story is that a massive traffic jam occurred because a Cow wandered into a major intersection and laid down for a break.

They are forbidden to touch or move the cow, because it’s god.

That dork probably doesn’t even read the english printed on the shirt.

Mazztek on December 1, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Khan is a muslim. If we haven’t by now figured out that muslims are going to support the terrorists and hate the people who attempt to stop the terrorists, we haven’t been paying attention or our ideological filters are working very hard.

thuja on December 1, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Well… these are people who get paid to pretend. You know, the same thing your children do. So, I suppose we should just expect this kind of thing.

acrolite on December 1, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Almost makes me wish idiots like this would meet up with some real terrorists, so that they could learn the difference — except that they likely wouldn’t survive the experience, so it probably wouldn’t make much difference in the end.

Morons.

AZCoyote on December 1, 2008 at 10:59 AM

It will be interesting to see how the people of India react to having their film celebs join up with the “root causes” crowd so quickly after this attack. My guess is no better than the U.S. moviegoers who have avoided Hollywood’s anti-war movies over the past four years like the plague.

jon1979 on December 1, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Hose bag.

Akzed on December 1, 2008 at 11:02 AM

The police did the best they could. Would probably be same here. Bad guys out number the cops with weapons. The cops don’t have here.

sheebe on December 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Any and every American police force would have shot back, outgunned or not.

baldilocks on December 1, 2008 at 11:07 AM

He’s American born, from California.
So he’s basically a clueless Hollywood guy in India.

MayBee on December 1, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Meanwhile, American Academics like Martha Nussbaum fret: “if, as now seems likely, last week’s terrible events in Mumbai were the work of Islamic terrorists, that’s more bad news for India’s minority Muslim population.”

Imran Khan doesn’t look nearly so worried.

forest on December 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Typical elitist reaction.The phrase “Usefull idiot” certainly applies..go figure.

NY Conservative on December 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Clueless, just like our Holywood elites…..

DL13 on December 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Deepak Chopra, CNN darling, healer, New Age philosopher and digestion guru along with people lie Martha Nussbaum are all just as guilty of killing these people as the terrorists themselves. Useful idiot is too good a term for this bollyturd. Apparently the Israeli hostages were brutally tortured prior to their death. When this kind of tripe, aided by prostitutes like CNN, start blaming the USA then they will end with the same fate when the USA is no longer around to provide basically the only power structure capable of maintaining any semblence of world stability. With their help and wish that may come sooner than we all know.

wepeople on December 1, 2008 at 11:22 AM

The clown’s a Muslim.

He lives in an upside-down world where his religion is a religion of peace and everybody else is a terrorist.

Kini on December 1, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Idiots. Let’s see, shall we call Bush a terrorist, or should we use the term for the guys down the street shooting civilians and burning down our buildings? Tough call.

Vashta.Nerada on December 1, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Let’s not forget that actors used to be equated with the lowest common denominator in society, right there with pick-pockets and other petty thieves. Historically, actors were considered lazy souls who acted during the day or in the early evening to earn enough money to act in a depraved manner for the rest of the night.

So, is anyone surprised that the acting trade generally attracts the type of people who cannot think critically. There are many serious people who oppose Bush and his policies. You will probably not find any of them in Bollywood or Hollywood.

RedSoxNation on December 1, 2008 at 11:27 AM

If the most powerful man in the world were an “international terrorist,” tools like this one wouldn’t have the stones to wear shirts that label him an international terrorist.

29Victor on December 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Actors are children in adult bodies. They act like children, people treat them like children and most people respect their opinions as they would a child’s. Having said that, this guy is a turd-merchant.

Claypigeon on December 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM

The edgy Olsen twin grew a beard and moved to India? Someone give that poor starving boy a sammich.

Alden Pyle on December 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Those brain dead make believe artists wouldn’t know a terrorist if one jumped up and bit them in the backside. Most of the fools have an IQ that is less than the sum of their digits.

rplat on December 1, 2008 at 11:37 AM

When will celebrities realize they are paid monkeys, no one cares about their asinine political views. Come out of your cage, give a (hopefully) good performance, then its back in the cage for you.

beachgirlusa on December 1, 2008 at 11:38 AM

His idiotic display of being clueless negates his pretty face. Or maybe this is more correct: he looks disgustingly ugly for having reviled President Bush.

mz.josephine on December 1, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Befuddlement is somewhat cute in a child and you feel good in helping them to understand a larger world around them. To see it in grown adults can’t be explained by ignorance, it’s simple stupidity.

itsspideyman on December 1, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Actors are children in adult bodies. They act like children, people treat them like children and most people respect their opinions as they would a child’s.

I find this to be true of most liberals in general. They are like high school kids: they’ve never matured past the age of sixteen mentally, emotionally, intellectually. When we comprehend this basic truth then we treat/deal with them as the mature adults we are, forever assigned the wearisome task of trying to ensure they harm not only themselves but the rest of us as well.

beachgirlusa on December 1, 2008 at 11:46 AM

The edgy Olsen twin grew a beard and moved to India? Someone give that poor starving boy a sammich.

A big, dripping hamburger would do nicely. :-)

SouthernGent on December 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM

So… if Obama happens to go after terrorists (doubtful, but go with it for a sec), will the Left label him an “International terrorist”?

Probably not.

crazy_legs on December 1, 2008 at 11:58 AM

I wont spend a penny on ANY movie this lefty is in! But I will give him some advice, rub a little green on your forehead , grab your goat and have him gnaw off the rest of your uni brow!

christene on December 1, 2008 at 12:04 PM

How dangerous is it that the uninformed and misguided (hollywood/bollywood liberals)have such a large audience and means to push their illogical viewpoints.

Think how much further along we would be in defeating Islamic extremism if these liberals and their friends in the press actually held the jihadist accountable for all their torture and murder of innocent men,women,and children instead of blaming people like Bush who have actually brought liberation and freedom.

Baxter Greene on December 1, 2008 at 12:20 PM

This is another successful Liberal Democrat voter
registration drive!

Hollywood is full of libs,and now,*rolls eyes*,it
appears Bollywood has gone Left,as the evidence of
said actor with BDS!(Sarc.)

canopfor on December 1, 2008 at 12:22 PM

I love watching “Jeopardy” when they have actors from Hollywood on. I think they dumb down the question for most of them. I think most would have trouble passing the test to become American citizens.

ny59giants on December 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Punk

Zorro on December 1, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Representing for twenty-somethings everywhere. I’m so glad I am old.

FireBlogger on December 1, 2008 at 12:47 PM

The little poofter sure has a passing resemblance to Sean Penn doesn’t he?

DanMan on December 1, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Let’s set up a big Bollywood / Hollywood movie star liberal political conference in a good Westernized Pakistan hotel–a Hilton if they have one. Give all the losers free air tickets to the hotel. Publicize the event on CNN and Al Jazeera–with photos of scantily clad starlets. And then sit back and let Jihadi nature take its course.

Rocketman

rocketman on December 1, 2008 at 12:59 PM

I sense an opportunity for a cottage industry here – a bit of a twist courtesy Imran Khan:

T-Shirts to mock B/Hollywood actors/”activists” with classical templating.

Bollywood (or Hollywood)

[insert actor’s visage here]

Idiot

Why should these wastes of air dominate the political winds?

AnonymousDrivel on December 1, 2008 at 1:01 PM

I’m looking at that picture and I’m thinking, “Susan Sarandon is not only aging in a funny way, she needs to have her estrogen prescription looked at.”

trigon on December 1, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Why should these wastes of air dominate the political winds?

AnonymousDrivel on December 1, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Taking domestic or foreign policy advice from a hollywood liberal makes about as much sense as going to Charles Manson
for family counseling.

Baxter Greene on December 1, 2008 at 1:38 PM

This guy is definitely an idiot, but unfortunately par for the course with the morally bankrupt performing arts industry these days.

I’m just dropping in to comment on this user name

ny59giants on December 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

and say: Go GMEN!!!

gippergal1984 on December 1, 2008 at 1:58 PM

I see he’s “brave enough” for Bush-bashing but not quite ballsy enough for “NO ON PROPOSITION EIGHT HATE!!!”. Baby steps, baby steps….Chicken&*^%.

Marcus on December 1, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Combine this with the article from the NYT about the world loving our culture, and I have suddenly figured out why the movies are so anti-American.

They want to sell them overseas.

They don’t care what we might want to see.

Alana on December 1, 2008 at 3:25 PM

“…might tend to focus the minds of Indians…”

Hate to be pc, but you can’t call them Indians anymore. They are ‘native asians’ now.

Kevin M on December 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM

This punk looks like the kid I used to beat up and steal lunch money from a few years back

Irvin88 on December 1, 2008 at 3:58 PM

It should be noted that this is not the Imran Khan many have heard of, the Pakistani politician and retired cricketer who played international cricket for two decades in the late 20th century.

Mojoski on December 1, 2008 at 4:29 PM

What is it with actors? If they’re not drugging and boozing it up around town, sleeping with whoever and whatever, they’re bashing anything contrary to their “beliefs”. It’s funny when multi-millionaires preach about socialism like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, not to mention calling elected officials terrorists or dictators yet loving the real ones. Where have all the good actors gone? You know, the ones who loved this country and would do anything for it, like serving in the military and actually saying something good about this country once in a while.

bryan2369 on December 1, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Actors and singers will all be replaced by computer animation soon and good riddance.

NoDonkey on December 1, 2008

I hope you’re wrong, at least about the singers. I can’t imagine computers creating the subtle sweet sounds of a Nat King Cole or Jim Reeves or Patsy Cline or…choose from your own list. They may create vocalizations in perfect pitch and harmony, but that is not a “voice”. Without the hand of God, it is just noise.

SKYFOX on December 2, 2008 at 6:08 AM

There was a time when funds for Bollywood came from the Mumbai underworld, especially Dawood Ibrahim (now protected by the ISI in Karachi) and co. Those in the know say nothing’s changed. The money still comes from there.

They’re talking about India on Stern this morning. The story is that a massive traffic jam occurred because a Cow wandered into a major intersection and laid down for a break.

They are forbidden to touch or move the cow, because it’s god.

That dork probably doesn’t even read the english printed on the shirt.

Mazztek on December 1, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Bullshit. It’s perfectly fine to touch a cow, even beat one with a stick to get it out of the way. It’s not fine to slaughter one, though. That can lead to severe consequences, like public lynching etc.

Jester on December 2, 2008 at 10:15 AM

It’s on baby! Hindus, Christians, and Jews against these scum sucking Muslims who choose to threaten our way of life and then have the audacity to wear a shirt like that. Bollywood directors are forced to hire no talent Muslim actors because of the life threats they receive from the underground mobsters like Dawood Ibrahim, Chotta Shakeel, Chotta Rajan, Tiger Memon etc. They are the primary force behind Bollywood superstars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and every other no talent hip shaker in Bollywood.

jacobnyc on December 2, 2008 at 11:04 AM

who let him out of the quicky mart?

lavell12 on December 2, 2008 at 11:53 AM

sounds find with me, a Holy War. Muslims that don’t want terrorism are free to join but they don’t kill em.

lavell12 on December 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM