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Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by gwayneco, Sep 24, 2012.
Guess which movie...
Paramount’s fears were borne out by the film’s eventual reception: before it had even been released (or seen by anyone not involved), the film was targeted by Christian fundamentalists, who organized protests at Universal’s headquarters and at early screenings, scaring off theater chains from running it (and, later, Blockbuster stores from carrying it and cable companies from showing it). French Christian fundamentalists even fire-bombed a screening in Paris with Molotov cocktails, injuring 13 people.
Director Phil Alden Robinson changed the villains from Islamic extremists (in the novel) to Neo-Nazis. The group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) did mount a two-year lobbying campaign that ended on January 26, 2001, against using "Muslim villains", as the original book version did. Director Phil Alden Robinson is quoted in a letter to CAIR saying "I hope you will be reassured that I have no intention of promoting negative images of Muslims or Arabs, and I wish you the best in your continuing efforts to combat discrimination".