Saturday, March 17, 2007

Persian Protests

Well it looks like a new "Danish Cartoon" controversy could be brewing.

This time some Iranians are upset with the depiction of ancient Persians in the blockbuster movie, 300.

An anti-300 website has even been set up which declares: "Driven by an admiration for arts, and united by a common concern about the barbaric and demonic portrayal of Persians in Frank Miller's graphic novel and the movie 300, we have come together to voice our objection in a uniquely artistic fashion".

Well before they get their "uniquely artistic" anger too far down the road, the anti-300 protesters should consider that most movie-goers probably have no clue that Iran was once called Persia.

Still I wonder if the Canadian and American establishment elites will soon be calling for this movie to be banned to show our cultural sensitivity.

Or maybe it's the fault of the movie's producers.

They should have followed the traditional Hollywood route and made a movie in which the Spartans were portrayed as imperialistic, war-mongers who slaughtered the innocent, peace-loving Persians simply to get their oil.

And if they could have blamed George Bush somehow that would have cinched at least a few academy award nominations.

Of course the movie is making buckets of money, which should offset any "uniquely artistic" objections.

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