Saw this story this morning, and thought it was interesting - and it made me a little sad. Not because I have any interest at all in seeing the movie "2012". I'm not a big fan of "disaster flicks", such as they are. They seem to always try to wow the audience with special effects in lieu of anything like an interesting, believable story.
No... my interest in the story centered around a facet of modern life that we generally aren't allowed to comment on these days - lest we be declared racist.
In the movie, 2012, there are a multitude of scenes featuring the destruction of cities, landmarks, and religious sites. All this mayhem is, undoubtedly, meant to instill a feeling that all our works and beliefs as human beings can be laid to waste easily in the face of disastrous forces. They show the destruction of Christian churches, as well as the Vatican.
The writer/director and his co-writer both made a conscious decision, however, to not show the destruction of the Kaaba.
The Kaaba is the square structure in the center of Mecca, around which thousands of Islamic Pilgrims throng during Haj.
Their reason for the omission?
"Well, I wanted to do that, I have to admit," the filmmaker told scifiwire.com. "But my co-writer Harald [Kloser] said, 'I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie.' And he was right."
Emmerich went on: "We have to all, in the western world, think about this. You can actually let Christian symbols fall apart, but if you would do this with [an] Arab symbol, you would have ... a fatwa, and that sounds a little bit like what the state of this world is.
It makes me angry and it makes me sad, but I don't blame them for their choice one little bit.
Am I any worse off because there isn't going to be a scene in a movie that I probably won't even bother to see?
Am I any worse off because there are evil, extremist bastards who will gleefully kill me if I "offend" them, in some way?