The murder of Theo van Gogh
When I first heard that Theo van Gogh, great-great-grandson of the brother of my favorite artist, Vincent van Gogh, was murdered, I was as sad as I would be in hearing about any murder. As more details have drifted across the proverbial pond, I have become more and more outraged at the deafening silence in our media over this hate crime. For those who have not yet heard, van Gogh was murdered because he created a short film titled "Submission", which was about the mistreatment of Muslim women.
Here's what the BBC news website says about van Gogh's film:
Submission may have only been a 10-minute English-language short, but it caused uproar in his home country when it was broadcast at the end of August.The film definitely pushes some buttons. For the full article, click here
The outcry centered on the stories of four Muslim women who were beaten, raped and forced into marriage, and were asking for Allah's help.
It becomes apparent that their chadors and gowns are transparent and their half-naked bodies are visible through their dress.
On their bodies are written Koranic verses describing the permitted physical punishments for women who "misbehave".
You can watch the film here. I'm curious to hear what you think.
According to the BBC, Theo had been described as the Dutch Michael Moore. I suppose that could be a compliment or an insult depending on which side of the fence you sit on. The man was no saint. He was an equal opportunity offender to be sure. From Human events
Van Gogh was a well-known gadfly; he had attacked Jewish and Christians with enough vehemence to elicit formal complaints. But after Submission came death threats. Van Gogh, in the eyes of many Dutch Muslims, had blasphemed Islam -- an offense that brought the death penalty.
Drudge has an article posted today that discusses Hollywood's silence on van Gogh's death. It was written by Pat Sajak (yes, THAT Pat Sajak), and is well worth the read. Here's a snippet, with the link to the full story following...
A Hush Over Hollywoodfor the entire Sajak article, go here
by Pat SajakPosted Nov 30, 2004
Picture this: 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? It's 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 I'm 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 Gogh's 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 Hollywood's creative community? I mean, talk about a violation of the right of free speech!
I'm with Pat, but I'd take it further. Where is the outrage, not just from Hollywood, but across the board. Where are the protests and the wailing and crying and beating of the breasticals? Are we silent because the man offended pretty much everyone? If this had been our Michael Moore and not the Dutch Michael Moore, would the reaction be different?