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in response to reader comment: "Valley of the Wolves Iraq"- the most expensive, rabidly anti-American, anti-Semitic Turkish movie

Submitted by AAA (India), May 20, 2012 at 06:26

Ianus, you say

The American or Israeli embassies or human rights organizations are not reported to have protested nor have riots been staged in major US cities.

Following is the so called "NO PROTESTS" reaction in Germany and US by both Christians and Jews.

I have not concocted this story. It is directly taken from Wikipedia.

Germany

  • In Germany, the home of European Union's largest Turkish community, the film was heavily criticized for its alleged racism and antisemitism by several politicians from both the right and left ends of the spectrum of mainstream German politics and in several leading newspapers. As a reviewer in the mainstream magazine Der Spiegel put it, referring to the film's reliance on a revenge motif, "This wouldn't be so bad if the film didn't portray the opponents of Turks and Muslims so brutally – the bad guys in this black and white world are the Americans, the Kurds, the Christians and the Jews.
  • In an interview with Bild am Sonntag on February 19, 2006, Bavarian premier Edmund Stoiber called upon German theatre owners to stop showing Valley of the Wolves. Shortly afterward, Germany's largest cinema chain, CinemaxX, pulled the film, which had been popular among Germany's large Turkish community, from its theatres in response to the criticism from politicians.
  • The film won a Bogey Award in Germany.
  • "The Central council of Jews", a Jewish-German organization, have expressed their opinion that Valley of the Wolves – Iraq (Kurtlar Vadisi – Irak) holds antisemitic views, and is racist. They requested German cinemas stop showing the film.

United States

  • The film has received only minor exposure in the United States and is not widely known.
  • On Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Jon Stewart lampooned actors Billy Zane and Gary Busey, in an attempt to satirize the mainstream media's reaction to the film. During the same segment, several clips were played from American films portraying unidentified terrorists of Muslim, Arab or Middle Eastern extraction. The segment juxtaposes the stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims in Hollywood to the reactions of mainstream American media pundits regarding the film.
  • The U.S. Army recommended that Army personnel overseas not approach cinemas in which the movie is played.
  • Vicki Roberts, Busey's attorney for the past six years, said "If Gary played a rapist in a movie, would anyone believe him to be an actual rapist? He is an actor, not a politician." When asked about the moral and ethical implications of portraying what could be construed as an antisemitic stereotype in a foreign movie, Roberts declined to comment.
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