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Sunday, February 22, 2009


SHAME on Liam Neeson and the Academy

Presenting the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars tonight, Liam Neeson (presumably reading words written by someone else, but still reading them) described the film Waltz with Bashir (which was widely expected to win, but didn't) as a film about a "controversial military action." Military action? The film is about a fucking massacre, the massacre of hundreds (possibly thousands) of Palestinian civlians in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Lebanon by Phalangist thugs with the passive, if not active, participation of the misnamed Israeli "Defense" [sic] Forces.

Controversial? An Israeli government commission found Ariel Sharon personally responsible for the massacre.

"Controversial military action?" Are you fucking kidding me?

Update: And kudos to Sean Penn for using the word "shame" in his acceptance speech to describe how people who voted to eliminate the right of same-sex marriage in voting for Proposition 8 in California should feel about themselves, and how their children and grandchildren will feel about them in the future.

Second update: Some interesting reviews and discussion of Waltz with Bashir (which I haven't seen, so I'll refrain from any comments myself aside from what I said about the Oscars comment above).

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