Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Dutch secretary thinks making 'Submission' was 'unwise'

Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad (Dutch) reports that secretary of Economic affairs Brinkhorst compairs making the movie 'Submission' to lighting a cigaret in an ammunitions dump.
'Submission' is a movie that deal with abuse of women under Islam. It was made by Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi-Ali. Van Gogh was shot and nearly decapitated by a Dutch-born Muslim, and Hirsi-Ali had been living in hiding even before that because of her position on Islam in general.

And now this secretary (who is indeed one of the worst prats Holland has ever seen, and we've seen few) feels this is essentially a natural state to be in. He compares making a movie that deals with a very real and serious social issue (misogeny under Islam) to repeatedly calling your neighbour's wife a dirty whore. Seriously. By which he means: What do you expect when you say something someone else doesn't like hearing?

I guess in a way Brinkhorst is correct in his first analogy: Clearly, saying something that offends Muslims is dangerous. Brinkhort's conclusion is about as cowardly and stupid as possible: Don't offend, and you'll be alright.

And I guess Brinkhorst would not be surprised or inconvenienced if he got shot and then had his his head sawed off. After all, what did he expect after saying something so offensive?


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