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: I had to read it three times, not believing that even a Hollywood executive could say something so awfully insensitive and idiotic and so much of a self-parody of show biz PC. But in a story about the 9/11 movies and miniseries in the making, he said it:
Brian Grazer, co-chairman of Imagine Television, which is producing the NBC mini-series – and which has hired The Times as a consultant – said he hoped it would do for Muslims what Wolfgang Petersen’s film “Das Boot” did for World War II-era Germans.
“Every approach prior to that was, the Germans were horrible,” he said. “He humanized them, because they are human. That’s what I’m hoping we do, that we don’t demonize, that we humanize all the different sides, and so we see the seeds, and we get an understanding from each culture’s point of view as to how they got to such a horrible place.”
He wants to “humanize all the different sides.” How the hell do you humanize the evil bastards who killed 3,000 innocent fellow Americans, Glazer?
What seeds are there that make mass murder understandable or justifiable?
What point of view do you need to see that these men are evil?
And if you try to say that you’re talking about the larger world of Islam, then it’s Muslim bloggers who should be flaming your ass right now for presuming that these murderers are in any way representative of them as a people.
Explain yourself, Mr. Glazer.
: This, by the way, is a classic case for wanting to read or hear the entire interview with Glazer to see whether there is any context in which what he says could possibly make any sense.
: I dread most of these movies. The Times says they are debating whether to show planes hitting the buildings. That is the least of the horror of the day. It’s one matter to give witness and learn lessons, another to exploit. I’m not sure we can find the line yet.
: And there are more reasons to dread these: “The Great New Wonderful,” a film about survivors a year later, comes from Danny Leiner, who made stoner movies “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” And producer Scott Rudin is making a movie from Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” which turns images of a victim falling to his death into a flipbook in reverse.
Yes, “dread” is not too strong a word.