Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Kaaba Survives 2012

2012, the soon-to-be released disaster flick, depicts the destruction of the world as supposedly predicted for the year 2012 by the Mayan calendar. (That calendar does end in 2012, but I understand it actually just starts over again, like an odometer reaching 100,000 miles.) For the umpteenth time in cinema, Los Angeles is gleefully destroyed. A tidal wave takes out Washington, D.C., crushing the White House with the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John F. Kennedy.

Christian religious symbols are not spared. Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican crashes down on worshipers. In Rio de Janeiro the giant statue Christ of the Andes collapses over the city below.

However, one religious site is spared. Jonathan Crow at Yahoo! Movies reports that while director Roland Emmerich wanted to destroy the Kaaba in Mecca, Islam's most sacred site, on screen, he was talked out of it by his co-writer, Harald Kloser, who told Emmerich, "I will not have a fatwa on my head because of a movie." Emmerich continued:
"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. So it's just something which I kind of didn't [think] was [an] important element, anyway, in the film, so I kind of left it out."

In Hollywood, courage of conviction is shown by unfavorable depictions of George W. Bush, capitalism, the United States, the Roman Catholic Church, Protestant evangelicals and fundamentalists (which are not the same, although Hollywood does not know it), Mormons, Christianity in general, and Orthodox Jews. These are all fairly safe targets, because they have not been known to violently retaliate.

I do not know the entire story line of 2012, but presumably, if the whole planet earth goes, the Kaaba goes with it, even if its destruction is not portrayed on screen. It would go too far for the film to end with the Kaaba floating in outer space like the monolith from 2001, A Space Odyssey. Still, if the Muslim world demands it, perhaps Mr. Emmerich will change the film's ending.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what this is unbelievable this showss how muslims don't like destruction jai ganesh

Monday, November 23, 2009 5:03:00 PM  
Blogger UAE Mom said...

Please keep in mind that the Muslim world is a very diverse one. It is offensive to assume that all Muslims are narrow-minded or will issue a fatwa for the author's head. Furthermore, it is important to note that 2012 is refering to the end of the world yet the world does not end (a contradiction within in of itself). Of course, as with every movie, America is conveniently the heroe of the day. In any case, as Muslims we do belive in Judgement Day where all humans will be judged regardless of their pocket value.
I believe it was a smart decision by the author not to include that scene because as mentioned the harm that could be done (by those who feel offended by it) will be larger than any "dramatic" value added to the movie.
What i find very interesting is that although directors have enough time to learn about these fatwas, they have YET to master the art of how to dress a sheikh and his family in a movie. It is hilarious for us Arabs when we watch these movies which have been studied to perfection and see how Americans are still unable to put the headcover on a "sheikh" properly or pick the right style and colors for his wife's clothes.
Word of advice to American blockbuster directors: go hire someone from the gulf and let them teach you about the Arab dress style. Maybe then you will gain more respect from your Arab audiences.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was just a fictional movie.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:26:00 AM  
Blogger vahid said...

In the name of unique Allah(swt)

Don't predict the future with mindless guesses or even with gained knowledge, these are the night dreams of USA, UK, French, Isreal, WEST and EAST movie makers which are a few but with power of media injection into our mind, be aware DON'T be captive in such cases.

Even don't believe these predictions whereas the human being can replace the mountains.

Allah(swt) knows everything and who is believer of Allah(swt) can not accept such fakes.

Friday, January 01, 2010 1:34:00 AM  

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