Good For Pat Sajak

Pat Sajak has a question:

Somewhere in the world, a filmmaker creates a short documentary that chronicles what he perceives as the excesses of anti-abortion activists. An anti-abortion zealot reacts to the film by killing the filmmaker in broad daylight and stabbing anti-abortion tracts onto his body. How does the Hollywood community react to this atrocity? Would there be angry protests? Candlelight vigils? Outraged letters and columns and articles? Awards named in honor of their fallen comrade? Demands for justice? Calls for protection of artistic freedom? Its a pretty safe bet that there would be all of the above and much more. And all of the anger would be absolutely justified.

So Im trying to understand the nearly universal lack of outrage coming from Hollywood over the brutal murder of Dutch director, Theo van Gogh, who was shot on the morning of November 2, while bicycling through the streets of Amsterdam. The killer then stabbed his chest with one knife and slit his throat with another.

The presumed murderer, a Dutch-born dual Moroccan-Dutch citizen, attached a 5-page note to van Gogh’s body with a knife. In it, he threatened jihad against the West in general, and specifically against five prominent Dutch political figures. Van Goghs crime? He created a short film highly critical of the treatment of women in Islamic societies. So, again I ask, where is the outrage from Hollywoods creative community? I mean, talk about a violation of the right of free speech!

Perhaps they are afraid that their protests would put them in danger. That, at least, is a defensible position. If I were Michael Moore, I would much rather rail against George W. Bush, who is much less likely to have me killed, than van Goghs murderer and the threat to creative freedom he brings. Besides, a man of Moores size would provide a great deal of bulletin board space.

Anyone have an answer?

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12 replies
  1. 1
    Mikey says:

    Now that was one acidic statement.
    Hollywood’s silence is more eloquent than any of it’s statements.

  2. 2
    Kimmitt says:

    One issue is that the Republican Party has so politicized the US security situation that merely noting that Islamic terror exists can be seen as endorsing US policy toward it.

    I don’t think it’s fear for one’s self — it’s fear for ones politics, among many other things (the distance, the “dog bites man” aspect, et cetera).

  3. 3

    One issue is that the Republican Party has so politicized the US security situation that merely noting that Islamic terror exists can be seen as endorsing US policy toward it.

    Whereas making statements like the above can be seen as sniveling. So much for the value of can be seen as, as an excuse for not noting the obvious.

  4. 4
    Josh Martin says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to blame Hollywood’s silence on the GOP, but Kimmitt, you pulled it off. It was a pretty lame result, but at least you tried.

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    2dave says:

    The ritual pointing of the finger at the Republicans aside, I think Kimmitt is on to something. The Hollywood crowd is being quiet because they feel speaking up would help George W. Bush, and not helping George W. Bush is more important than anything else in the world to them.

  6. 6
    M. Scott Eiland says:

    *blinks*

    Pat Sajak is still alive?

    Whoever his agent is should be put in charge of designing the next generation of stealth aircraft. . .]:-)

  7. 7
    Justin O. says:

    Team America FUCK YEAH!

  8. 8
    Ralph Gizzip says:

    Pat Sajak is still alive?

    Would you want to die when your workday consists of ogling Vanna White?

  9. 9
    Marc says:

    This filmmaker was not known in Hollywood, so why would anyone there get upset?

  10. 10
    platosearwax says:

    Sajak has a point, but I sure hope I am not being held accountable for failing to denounce whatever the latest outrage du jur is.

  11. 11
    Bloggerhead says:

    You guys might want to check out alicublog.com for Adroso’s research into past racist & sexist remarks made by Mr. Van Gogh. Sure, few deserve to die the way he did, but not everyone who makes film deserves a Hollywood sendoff.

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