To associate vindictive, deranged killers with Islam, a religion of compassion and reverence, is about as morally reprehensible as equating greed and stinginess with financially successful Jews. It is a stereotype: a vile, reductive, inaccurate, immature stereotype…
I am personally offended by this ad, and I am not even Muslim. I am offended by the misuse of the word “apartheid” — a form of racial segregation, not religiously fueled assassination. I am offended by the tradition of racism that this ad continues. I would like to remind the DP that the very same propaganda tactics were used in the slave-era south, where the faces of black men accused of seducing or raping white women were published in widely read newspapers and continued through the garish caricatures of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Nick DeFina, University of Pennsylvania Student, in response to a full page ad published in the school’s newspaper (scroll to page 6). The ad was created by David Horowitz’ Islamophobic group called Freedom Center. In the past few weeks, full page ads have been purchased to advertise “Islamic Apartheid Week” in several university newspapers around the nation.
“Clueless looks at teenage life through a lens of fantastical privilege, and it starts with Cher browsing her wardrobe on a touch-screen. Now it looks dated, but at the time, it was absurdly unreal … Imagine something too fabulous to exist, and Bowie’s the only possible soundtrack. ‘Fashion’ sounded like the coolest of the cool songs in a really cool movie when I was 11. It would never have occurred to me that it pre-dated the film, that the song was the same age as Cher.” – 10 David Bowie Songs That Made Films Better (Consequence of Sound)
Josh Horowitz:Did it help to kinda have him there, too? As a kind of like; “Are you getting this, too?” “Are you going through this, too?” “Is this weird?”
Gillian Anderson: No. Not really. We talk about the fact that it’s crazy that we didn’t. That we didn’t take advantage of the fact that we had each other. But it was complicated.These were long hours that we were working and we spent more time in each other’s presence than we did in… with our spouses, and children, etc.etc. So it was…But also, you know, I think we pissed each other off, quite frankly. And I have no doubt that after their waiting, you know, we are gonna roll, and somebody else has to come in and redo my lips and all that kind of stuff and everything that happens…there is a difference between the maintenance for gals and guys. Especially you shooting in all weather. You know, we never shut down except for one day for weather in the entire show.Shooting up in Vancouver through rain, and ? and everything. And my hair would freeze up to here so in-between takes literally have to get the blow dryer out and, you know, under the tent and everybody is waiting for Gillian’s hair, so we can do another take and it wouldn’t look like I’ve already done that one. That’s….it adds up. And I’m sure there were plenty of things that he did that pissed me off. It just wasn’t, you know..But! On the other hand. Now, we get to talk about that and we are probably closer than we ever have been.
QUESTION: Was there a sense of almost a bunker mentality where you were at least going through this process with David? You mentioned he had more experience, he had done some bigger films but still the phenomenon that emerged within the first couple years was pretty remarkable. Did it help to have him there too and kind of like “Are you getting this too? Are you going through this too? Is this weird?”
GILLIAN: No. No, not really. We talk about the fact that it’s crazy that we didn’t. And that we didn’t take advantage of the fact that we had each other but it was complicated. These were long hours that we were working. We spent more time in each other’s presence than we did with our, you know, spouses and children, etc.
But also, you know, I think we pissed each other off, quite frankly. And I have no doubt that after they’re waiting — we’re gonna roll and somebody has to come in and redo my lips and the difference between the maintenance for guys and gals and we’re shooting in all weather — you know, we never shut down except for one day for weather in the entire show. We were shooting up in Vancouver through rain, sleet, everything. And my hair would frizz up to here in between takes and they’d have to get the blow dryer out under the tent and we’d be waiting for Gillian’s hair to do another take. You know, that pisses you right off. It adds up. So I, you know, I’m sure there were plenty of things he did that pissed me off too. It just wasn’t, you know, but on the other hand.. NOW, we get to talk about that and we’re probably closer than we’ve ever been.
David Horowitz, author of The Black Book of the American Left and the founder and president of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, has spoken at length about how he was raised by “card-carrying communists” who always “described themselves as progressives.” He followed in their footsteps, becoming one of the founders of the New Left in 1960′s, which he described as an organization “formed by children of communists who wanted to get away from the taint that Stalin had put on (communism), and revive the vision.”
So what made the born-and-raised communist become the staunch conservative and defender of American liberties that he is today? Among other things, he explained on the Glenn Beck Program Tuesday, it was a deadly encounter with the Black Panthers.
It began in the early 1970s, Horowitz explained, when he was introduced to the leader of the Black Panther Party by “a Hollywood producer.” In short order, he helped raise the money to buy a white Baptist church that had been “overtaken by the inner city” in Oakland, and gave it to the Panthers for a school.
“I was editing the largest magazine of the left, and I recruited my bookkeeper to do the books of the school,” he said slowly. “In December, 1974, Betty Van Patter disappeared, and by the time police fished her body out of San Francisco Bay five weeks later, I knew the Panthers had killed her.”
Horowitz has written at length about the topic, explaining how “the press made nothing of it” and how “the existence of a Murder Incorporated in the heart of the American Left is something the Left really doesn’t want to know or think about. Such knowledge would refute its most cherished self-understandings and beliefs. It would undermine the sense of righteous indignation that is the crucial starting point of a progressive attitude. It would explode the myths on which the attitude depends.”
Horowitz proceeded to explain on the Glenn Beck Program how, in the wake of Van Patter’s murder, he realized that “all my friends were a menace to me and my family, because I knew if I said I thought they killed her they would’ve called me a racist and a CIA agent, and the Panthers were capable of killing me.”
“It took me about ten years to recover somewhat from this and to become a conservative,” he continued. “I voted for Ronald Reagan in 1984, and when I came out of the closet as a conservative, of course I knew that the left would be gunning for me, so the rest of my life has been spent fighting the left and defending this great country of ours which we are rapidly losing.”
Horowitz warned that while there are horrifically violent elements to the left, like the Black Panther Party, “you should not think that the bad forces are going to appear with black hats and it’ll be obvious who they are.”
Many, like his parents, he said, are “well-meaninged people” who will “speak with humanitarian tones,” but just believe “the ends justify the means.”
“When Lenin set out to transform, fundamentally transform Russia, he didn’t say he was going to kill 40 million people, create famines and concentration camps called gulags,” Horowitz remarked. “He said he was going to give them bread, land, and peace.”
Horowitz also warned that “you can’t understand what’s going on” in American politics today without realizing the history behind it – the world he was raised in.
“It’s the same people and the same vision. Barack Obama, Valerie Jarret, who’s his key advisor, and David Axelrod, who’s his political strategist — all of them were born into the same communist left that I was. They grew up in it; they were trained in it; they were trained to what I call the neo-communist new left, and they’ve never left it.”
Horowitz said he knows they still maintain such a worldview because “if you understand that you belong to a movement that has agendas which are evil and destructive … the first thing you want to do if you’re still political is to repudiate it and to warn others against it. And of course, Obama, Jarrett, and David Axelrod are comfortable parts of this left … They’ve carried on the agendas. That’s why the country is suffering the way it is.”
We are writing to say that we were deeply frustrated by the full-page ad posted on page six of Monday’s copy of The Daily Pennsylvanian. We found it to be offensive, disgusting and hateful towards Muslims.
This is not a situation that calls for mincing words — the views espoused by the proponents of “Islamic Apartheid Week” are appalling and frightening. The advertisement replaces intellectual honesty with unsubstantiated generalizations and exchanges honest conversation for close-minded xenophobia. It was unique in its ability to transcend even politics and simply spew hatred, seemingly for its own sake.
Our campus community cannot be one that pushes people away from their cherished identities. Discrimination based on nationality, orientation, race or religion makes Penn an unsafe place for us all.
Our own people’s history is a constant reminder that ideas akin to those perpetuated by the David Horowitz Freedom Center are utterly intolerable. If it is not safe to be a Muslim at Penn, it raises a question about the safety of all minorities on this campus. This is not the first time Islamophobia (or the David Horowitz Freedom Center for that matter) has reared its ugly head on our campus, but we pray that it will be the last.
As members of the Jewish community, we feel it is our duty to make it abundantly clear that we are sickened by Monday’s hateful advertisement and stand in full solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Muslim Students Association.
The ad was created by David Horowitz’ Islamophobic group called Freedom Center. In the past few weeks, full page ads have been purchased to advertise “Islamic Apartheid Week” in several university newspapers around the nation.
And well, how is ‘Islamophobia’ defined? If you say that women are mistreated in Islam, you’re an Islamophobe. If you say that Muslims, uh you know, invoke the Koran to kill innocent people, you’re an Islamophobe. If you say Islam is a political religion you’re an islamophobe, and if they have their way you’ll be a criminal. To me its very frightening, the very idea of hate-crimes, its a thought crime.
“‘Daniel Craig is a terrific Bond. Casino Royale
is probably my favourite. Of the films after Connery, it is easily the best.
Fantastic. A total return to the gritty seriousness of it.’
However, he is spectacularly rude about the
‘Quantum of Solace just went wrong. Skyfall is
my least favourite. I know it is heresy to say so, but it is the one Bond film
I have never liked.’
Why? ‘How much time do you have? Bond is weak in
it. He has doubts. That’s not Bond.
‘Secondly, the villain wins. The villain sets
out to kill M – the film finishes with the villain killing M. So why have I
‘And if you have to protect the Head of MI6 from
a madman, do you take her to a Scottish farmhouse with no weapons? And tell
your bad guy where you are, so he will arrive with six people to kill her? And
then M escapes and stands on top of a hill waving a torch to tell them where
she is! It’s that sort of thing that made me angry.’
And he is just as unimpressed with the trailer
for the new film, Spectre.
‘I’m looking at the trailer and I am seeing a
photograph of Bond’s family. The mum and the dad are in there and their faces
are missing because the picture has been burned in a fire.
‘This is going to be to do with his family
background, and I know the fans are all terribly excited to know more, but I’m
saying, ‘Don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.’
'I don’t want to know about his doubts, his
insecurities or weaknesses. I just want to see him act, kill, win.’
Neither is Horowitz impressed with the favourite
to take over from Daniel Craig.
‘Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think
of other black actors who would do it better.’