AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 12/01/2004 09:30:00 AM ----- BODY: Sajak on Hollywood - Pat Sajak has written a short but wonderfully outraged piece about the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by Muslim extremists. Yes, that Pat Sajak. The deference Hollywood shows to Muslims of late is rather curious, considering how antithetical the beliefs of the Middle East are to the liberal norms of most entertainers. There has not been a movie since September 11 (with the exception of "Team America") that has portrayed Muslims as terrorists or in a bad light. The makers of "The Sum of All Fears" even went so far as to change the Muslim villians of Tom Clancy's book upon which the movie is based to neo-Nazi white supremacist types. I'm not suggesting that moviemakers suddenly start making movies about September 11 or the war on terror. I would just like to see an end to the selective outrage Hollywood liberals excel at displaying. If that's too much to ask, I would like to see a good movie once in awhile. This movie season has been rather disappointing. The best movie I've seen lately was "The Incredibles." Last evening, I watched "Spider-Man 2," which just came out on DVD and found myself wondering why a comic book movie is better than most of the new releases we've seen lately. "Spider-Man 2" is a tale for our times. It's a story of responsibility, of doing the right thing even if it means making sacrifice. The movie shows the limits of personal indulgence and the nobility of service. I don't want to politicize the movie too much, because it's just a great story, so let me just say that I knew there was a reason I liked Sam Raimi:
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If you need another reason to like Raimi, go rent "Army of Darkness." Stupid, silly, campy, great film. Seriously, though, it would be nice to see other artists stand up for the principles that liberals claim to believe. Theo van Gogh was killed for speaking the truth about an out-of-control religion. Like Sajak says, if he'd been murdered by a right-winger, we would be seeing wall-to-wall coverage and tributes in film. Unfortunately for Mr. van Gogh, he was killed by someone from a group the left would rather appease than offend. --------