Ben Radford has an interesting alternative explanation to one of this week’s biggest stories:
A 13-minute amateur trailer for the film “Innocence of Muslims” depicts the prophet Muhammad as a womanizer, child molester and criminal. Though the clip had been available for at least several weeks on the Internet, protests over the film last week erupted in nearly two dozen countries, and several American embassies were attacked. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, were killed.
Much remains unknown about the anti-Muslim film and those behind it, leaving many to wonder if “Innocence of Muslims” is really a deadly hoax
So far, it certainly seems that way. It was clearly intended to fool and mislead people. Several of the actors have come forward to say that they were deceived about their participation in the film. They were told the movie they were making was a low-budget film called “Desert Warriors,” whose original script had no references to either Islam or its prophet. In a statement to CNN, the cast and crew involved said that they “are extremely upset and feel taken advantage of by the producer. We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose. We are shocked by the drastic rewrites of the script and lies that were told to all involved.”
Source: Benjamin Radford
There is little to no evidence that the film actually exists! It had not been distributed, marketed, nor promoted anywhere except as this trailer. It certainly was made with “deception and malice”. While it raised the very contentious issue of freedom of speech and the right to blaspheme internationally, if the whole thing is a sham, this makes project even more despicable. It’s a disgrace it has received the reaction that it has. In that way, perhaps they achieved their goal with many nasty consequences.
CNN piece that reports the staff and crew were misled http://articles.cnn.com/2012-