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What We Know About Sam Bacile, the Mysterious Filmmaker Who Set the Muslim World on Fire

He knew the film would lead to violence. To state the obvious, a film did not kill four U.S. officials in Libya today, that blame can only be placed on the religious extremists (allegedly Islamic) who fired gunshots and rocket-propelled grenades into the U.S. Embassy. But according to one of Bacile’s consultants on the film, Steve Klein, the two knew full well that their incendiary movie would provoke violent reprisals. Klein told the Associated Press this morning that he warned Bacile “you’re going to be the next Theo van Gogh,” referring to the Dutch filmmaker murdered by a Muslim extremist in 2004. Klein said Bacile acknowledged that. “We went into this knowing this was probably going to happen,” he told the AP. Well gentlemen, congratulations, you got your violent reprisal.

He hates Islam with a passion In a telephone interview from his home, Bacile told The Wall Street Journal’s Matt Bradley and Dion Nissenbaum that “Islam is a cancer” adding that “The movie is a political movie. It’s not a religious movie.”

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I watched the trailer(s) for “Innocence of Muslims” and…I just…I have a hard time understanding if it’s blatantly offensive because I have a hard time understanding what the hell is supposed to be happening. It’s just so. poorly. done. Like elementary-school-play dialogue and props shot on a green screen so that a desert could be inserted into the background. And this cost $5 million? Did you spend it all on booze?

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