Turkey shoot at the Oscars?

Must be time for Turkey bashing in the media. (Really now. Couldn't I have picked a better time for that last post?)

But if "the most expensive film ever made in Turkey" is any indication, the United States would use a PR boost in Turkey right now. And the image of our country isn't getting much help from American actors, least of all Gary Busey. (He plays an evil Jewish doctor who makes money harvesting organs from murdered Iraqi prisoners, but Michelle Malkin says I shouldn't question his patriotism. I should waste my time that way?)

(The BBC has more on what I guess isn't light comedy.)

Director Bahadir Ozdener defends the film, admitting it's only partially true:

"Our film's a sort of political action, Maybe 60 or 70% of what happens on screen is factually true. Turkey and America are allies, but Turkey wants to say something to its friend. We want to say the bitter truth. We want to say that this is wrong."
A relatively new director (at least I'd never heard of him before), Ozdener previously made a Turkish TV series involving some of the same characters.

So far, there don't appear to have been any riots in the Turkish street, although I don't know how accurate this remark is, I do hope it reflects the general trend:

"There isn't going to be a war over this," said Nefise Karatay, a Turkish model lounging on a sofa after the premiere. "Everyone knows that Americans have a good side. That's not what this is about."
I'm glad everyone knows we have a good side.

So, in the interest of peace and harmony, I should reflect my good side!

I hereby refrain from calling the film "racist" and "Christophobic." (It'll have to earn Oscars without my help.)

posted by Eric on 02.14.06 at 07:51 AM


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成人用品   ·  February 19, 2006 4:37 AM

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