Debbie Schlussel, a conservative movie critic, is disappointed in Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest The Dictator because the movie doesn’t insult Islam or Muslims. Excerpt from Schlussel review below:
Cohen’s The Dictator in theaters today–carefully avoids insulting Islam or Muslims. In fact, neither word is ever mentioned in the 83-minute movie, even though the movie is clearly about a North African dictator who is–what else?–an Arab Muslim. Arabs aren’t mentioned, either. On the other hand, Jews and Blacks are repeatedly attacked. Most disgusting: Cohen uses the veneer of his “dictator” character to mock the massacre of Israeli athletes by Islamic terrorists at the Munich Olympics, in a very vivid video game he plays, trying to kill them, as the athletes famously try to keep the door to their dormitory closed. This is funny? Also, not funny: the dictator–obviously modeled on late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi–puts his hand up a woman’s vagina and drops his cellphone in it. Haha, funny.