A film begins to find its audience

Sweetness & Light notices that Al Jazeera publicizes the politically pornographic film Death of a President with the headline "Death Becomes Bush." Not precisely incitement, but perhaps close enough for partial credit. S&L dryly asks,

"Have you noticed the howls of protest and the demands the film be pulled from Bill Clinton and the rest of the America—hating left?

"I haven't either."

Incidentally, following my article on the film, I made a couple of appearances on Canadian television, and received some of the most deranged and scatalogical emails I've ever had, from north of the border or from anywhere. When I worried that the film could prompt deranged viewers into a homicidal frenzy, I had no idea I would learn so quickly that some poeple are literally insane with hatred for Bush.

Thomas Lifson   9 12 06

Update: Clarice Feldman writes:

Kevin Costner is a brave and decent person. He spoke out against the revolting Bush assassination film, Death of a President, which certainly appeals to the President's deranged opponents and may well serve as an invitation to the most psychotic of them to try it:

Kevin Costner has waded into the debate about controversial new movie DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, insisting British director GABRIEL RANGE failed to consider how GEORGE W BUSH's family would react to scenes of the US President being assassinated. The DANCES WITH WOLVES star was caught up in the controversy at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada at the weekend (09—10SEP06), where he premiered his new film, THE GUARDIAN, alongside the screening of Death of A President. Movie fans reportedly sat in stunned silence at the end of Range's screening, which featured doctored images of Bush getting shot, and Costner, who wasn't in the audience, isn't happy with what he's heard about the film. He says, "It's awfully hard if you're his children, his wife, his mother, his dad; there's a certain thing we can't lose as human beings, which is empathy for maybe the hardest job in the world. "Whether we think it's being performed right or not we can't, like, wish... or think that's even cute."

Sweetness & Light notices that Al Jazeera publicizes the politically pornographic film Death of a President with the headline "Death Becomes Bush." Not precisely incitement, but perhaps close enough for partial credit. S&L dryly asks,

"Have you noticed the howls of protest and the demands the film be pulled from Bill Clinton and the rest of the America—hating left?

"I haven't either."

Incidentally, following my article on the film, I made a couple of appearances on Canadian television, and received some of the most deranged and scatalogical emails I've ever had, from north of the border or from anywhere. When I worried that the film could prompt deranged viewers into a homicidal frenzy, I had no idea I would learn so quickly that some poeple are literally insane with hatred for Bush.

Thomas Lifson   9 12 06

Update: Clarice Feldman writes:

Kevin Costner is a brave and decent person. He spoke out against the revolting Bush assassination film, Death of a President, which certainly appeals to the President's deranged opponents and may well serve as an invitation to the most psychotic of them to try it:

Kevin Costner has waded into the debate about controversial new movie DEATH OF A PRESIDENT, insisting British director GABRIEL RANGE failed to consider how GEORGE W BUSH's family would react to scenes of the US President being assassinated. The DANCES WITH WOLVES star was caught up in the controversy at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada at the weekend (09—10SEP06), where he premiered his new film, THE GUARDIAN, alongside the screening of Death of A President. Movie fans reportedly sat in stunned silence at the end of Range's screening, which featured doctored images of Bush getting shot, and Costner, who wasn't in the audience, isn't happy with what he's heard about the film. He says, "It's awfully hard if you're his children, his wife, his mother, his dad; there's a certain thing we can't lose as human beings, which is empathy for maybe the hardest job in the world. "Whether we think it's being performed right or not we can't, like, wish... or think that's even cute."