Monthly Archives: September 2005

Funny choices

Los Angeles Times By Patrick Goldstein

Something’s wrong when a studio balks at a comedy this inspired.

Albert Brooks performs a stand-up comedy concert in "Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World." (Lacey Terrell)

In the days after the calamitous 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, there was a brief flurry of soul-searching in Hollywood, focusing in part on how much of a role our movies played in stirring Muslim rage against America. As innumerable cultural historians have discovered, many devout Muslims are horrified by the sexual innuendo and crass materialism in Hollywood films and music videos, not to mention Vanity Fair, whose salacious cover spread this month of Paris Hilton pretty much says it all when it comes to celebrating even the tawdriest members of our celebrity culture.
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