posted on Sep, 12 2012 @ 02:04 PM
I refuse to even link to this movie trailer on youtube, much less embed it...so if you are interested in watching, you can search "Muhammad Movie
Trailer" on youtube or google.
Right now it has 11,440 dislikes and 4212 likes.
The man responsible for this movie and the trailer...which set off rioters in Libya and resulted in the death of 4 Americans including our Ambassador
there, Chris Stevens...is named Sam Bacile.
He went into hiding as soon as he heard of the reaction in Libya and the deaths that resulted...and there is scant information available about the man
up to that point.
A filmmaker based in California went into hiding after a YouTube trailer of his movie attacking Islam's prophet Muhammad sparked angry
assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American members of his staff were
The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was in flames during a protest by an armed group angry over a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking by phone Tuesday from an undisclosed location, writer and director Sam Bacile remained defiant, saying Islam is a cancer and that the
56-year-old intended his film to be a provocative political statement condemning the religion.
NPR gives the following:
Daily News reiterates:
The bottom line is that we know very little about Sam Bacile, the man who says he produced the film and who says "Sam Bacile" is his name.
The Wall Street Journal caught up with Bacile before he went into hiding.
According to the Journal, Bacile raised "$5 million from 100 Jewish donors" and he produced the film using 60 actors and 45 crew members.
Bacile told the Journal that he made the film to expose "Islam as a hateful religion."
"Islam is a cancer," he told the paper. "The movie is a political movie. It's not a religious movie."
In another interview, Bacile told the Associated Press that he was a real estate developer and an Israeli Jew, but Israeli authorities told the wire
service they have no records of him being a citizen.
Our library did not turn up any footprint for Bacile. They found no property, phone, licenses nor court records. And Bacile had not made news until
Bacile repeated what he told the Journal to the AP.
"The U.S. lost a lot of money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we're fighting with ideas," he said. The AP story also
points out that Bacile may have been warned this film would be controversial and perhaps even incite violence.
"You're going to be the next Theo van Gogh," Steve Klein, a consultant on the film told the AP he told Bacile. Van Gogh, the AP explains, was the
Dutch filmmaker who was killed after making a movie perceived as insulting to Islam.
Sam Bacile, whose crude depiction of the Prophet Muhammad led to the deaths of four Americans at the hands of Libyan mob, is not a citizen of
the Jewish state, the Associated Press reported.
Bacile has identified himself as an Israeli Jew in interviews, but Israeli diplomats said they have no record of anybody with that name being a
That revelation raised more questions about the identity of Bacile, who also claims to be a real estate developer in California.
Records show no evidence of a 50-something Sam Bacile residing in the Golden State or having a real estate license. He is now in hiding.
Before Bacile went underground, he tossed more verbal bombs at already angry Muslims and defended his film, “Innocence of Muslims,” as a
“Islam is a cancer, period,” Bacile told the AP. “The U.S. lost a lof money and a lot of people in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re
fighting with ideas.”
Among the “ideas” Bacile promotes in his movie is that Muhammad is a philandering fraud who talks to donkeys and sanctions rape and child sexual
Bacile said he was outraged by the deaths of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, but insisted he had no blood on his hands.
“I feel the security system (at the embassies) is no good,” he said. “America should do something to change it.”
Bacile said he wrote and directed the $5 million movie, which he said was financed with the help of more than 100 Jewish donors. He did not identify
any of them.
Steve Klein, a consultant on the film, said they fully expected the movie would make Muslims mad.
“We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen,” he said.
So...not only is Sam Bacile not a dual citizen...he might not even be an American citizen...no one knows at this point. The last article seemed to be
saying that Bacile might have family of his own in Egypt.
He probably knew what was going to happen? But he did it anyway. And now says there is no blood on his hands?
And yet...he also states that it is NOT a religious film but a political one...that attacks the religion of Islam for being a 'cancer'...and that
his intentions were, as he himself stated, according to reports...to make a provocative political film condemning the religion of Islam.
I watched the trailer. It is appalling...on the level of Blackface portrayals of the late 18th and early 19th century in America.
To condemn all who practice Islam...because of what the Taliban believes and does in the name of that religion...is just like someone condemning all
of traditional Christianity in American because of what the KKK believes in and does.