The Anti-Defamation League on Friday welcomed a decision by the Cannes Film Market to drop from the screening lineup a film from controversial French comic Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, whom the group called anti-semitic.And that leads us to the bad news: the man telling this clearly has no distinction between criticism of religion and attacks on race. If criticism of religion is not allowed, then by that logic, neither is criticism of ideologies like what M'Bala adheres to. How does Paillard explain that?
The film, entitled The Anti-Semite or Yahod Setiz, was produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center. The ADL said it "reportedly pokes fun at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.5 million Jews perished during the Holocaust, and features Dieudonne as a violent and alcoholic character dressed as a Nazi officer for a fancy dress party...."
"Our general conditions ban the presence of all films threatening public order or religious convictions, as well as pornographic films or those inciting violence," Jerome Paillard, the market's executive director, told the AFP.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
GOOD AND BAD NEWS FROM CANNES
First the good news: a movie by an anti-semitic comic won't be screened there (Hat tip: Big Hollywood):
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