The Film Industry's Selective Bravery

In Brooke Goldstein's and Aaron Meyer's book Lawfare: the war against free speech, there is a reference concerning perceived Islamist pressure on the motion picture industry that has led to a significant case of self-censorship. Goldstein and Meyer quoted The Guardian, which stated in 2009 that: He blew up the Empire State Building and the White House in Independence Day, sent a giant monster careering through the heart of Manhattan in Godzilla and destroyed the famous Hollywood sign in The Day After Tomorrow. But it seems there are places even Roland Emmerich will not go - the German film-maker has revealed he abandoned plans to obliterate Islam's holiest site on the big screen for fear of attracting a fatwa. For his latest disaster movie, 2012, the 53-year-old director had wanted to demolish the Kaaba, the iconic cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque in Mecca that Muslims the world over turn towards every day when they pray and which they circle seven times during the hajj...(Read Full Post)