We know from the Mohammad cartoon story and the ire it's produced from the Muslim community -that the followers of Islam do not wish to be profiled, singled out, poked fun at or portrayed poorly. Organizations like the UN and CAIR are constantly quipping about the stereotyping of Muslim men and the bad rap they are getting in the press. (There is more fury as France, Germany, Italy and Spain have reprinted the Danish cartoons).
Yet, it seems that stereo-typing and portraying Americans poorly is perfectly OK. God (or Allah) only knows what we'd hear if we wiretapped the Madrassas...
In a new Turkish movie, with the largest budget in Turk history, Americans kill randomly for fun and a Jewish doctor runs and organ farm... Those crazy infidels!
"Valley of the Wolves Iraq set to open in Turkey on Friday feeds off the increasingly negative feelings many Turks harbor toward their longtime NATO allies: Americans.
The movie, which reportedly cost some $10 million, is the latest in a new genre of popular culture that demonizes the United States. It comes on the heels of a novel called "Metal Storm" about a war between Turkey and the U.S., which has been a best seller for months.
One recent opinion poll revealed the depth of the hostility in Turkey toward Americans: 53 percent of Turks who responded to the 2005 Pew Global Attitudes survey associated Americans with the word "rude"; 70 percent with "violent"; 68 percent with "greedy"; and 57 percent with "immoral."
Advance tickets are already selling out across Turkey for the film, which has dialogue in Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish and English. In addition to Turkey, the film is set to be shown in more than a dozen other countries including the United States, Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, Britain, Denmark, Russia, Egypt, Syria and Australia." (source)
Two American actors actually appear in the film...Billy Zane and Gary Busey.
In the interest of full disclosure I must express a pre-9/11 prejudice against Turks. I have Cypriot friends and it comes with the territory. Anyone that doesn't realize how inane it is for any Turk to be moaning about an American Iraqi invasion --when we went to liberate and they have been (really) OCCUPYING Cyprus for over 20 years. Imposing Muslim rule on Greek Orthodox followers/Christians. (See "Turkish Crimes Against Humanity")
If Turkey can release this movie after all the outcry over 12 cartoons.... Can you imagine of America released a movie that portrayed all the stereotypes of Muslim men? Americans may be killing in their movie, but they'd be having sex with young boys and animals in ours --how would that go over?