On Tuesday, the anniversary of September 11, about 20 men with machine guns stormed the U.S embassy in Libya — the place we just helped free from the tyrannical regime of Muammar Gaddafi — and killed our U.S Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as several other key government employees.
The supposed reason for the violence? An “American-made” film titled Innocence of the Muslims, which spins the tale of the prophet Muhammad and his quest to erect and solidify the Islamic religion, including the construction of the Koran. Check out some of the film footage above then check out these 10 facts that'll explain this whole mess and what we know about it so far.
1. It’s an Anti-Islamic Hate Film
You probably already guessed a U.S embassy wasn't stormed over the film's flimsy narrative structure in the third act. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, lists two of the three organizations that funded the film as hate groups, which makes this film mere hate propaganda, rather than an attempt at "sliding one in" just in time for award-season deadlines.
2. The Prophet Muhammad Isn't Shown in What You'd Call a 'Positive Light'
Remember when Islamic terrorists threatened to kill Trey Parker and Matt Stone over an episode of South Park that depicted the guru of Islam? Well, that's peanuts compared with how the filmmakers (we'll get to them in a second) portrayed the guy in this film. Here, he's portrayed as a womanizer, homosexual, con-man and all around quixotic idiot. Yeah, those are some serious no-no's to Muslims. But the extremists? They wanted American blood for sure this time. (Or did they?...)
3. "Sam Bacile" is Claiming Responsibility For the Film
AP interviewed the man Tuesday over the phone, following the riots in Libya, and Bacile claimed that "Islam was a cancer." The film, who's trailer was posted on "Sam Bacile's" YouTube page on July 2, has sparked riots in Egypt, Libya, and now Yemen. Only 2 videos are posted on the page, and "Sam" himself commented on a video the same day of the attacks, although the comments for that video have been disabled. So who the hell is this "Sam"? Well...
4. "Sam Bacile" is Actually a Californian By the Name of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula
The AP linked Bacile's phone number to California resident, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Nakoula denied that he was "Sam Bacile", and when asked to shown his license, he reportedly covered up his middle name ("Bacile"= Basseley). Nakoula denied having made the film, but he did claim that he was a Coptic Christian (Egyptian-Christian sect) and that he knew "Bacile". Authorities told the AP, though, that they believe that Nakoula is "Bacile", who created the moniker only to post clips of the film.
5. Nakoula is a Scum-Bag
Back in 2010, he plead no contest to federal bank charges that got him sentenced 21 months in prison with $790,000 in fees, and he was banned from even getting near a computer for five years unless his parole officer gave him permition to. Nakoula was using stolen social security numbers and identities to pull the ol' bait and switch on banks before they could realize there was no money in the accounts he was quick-drawing from. The Daily Beast has also just reported that Nakoula was charged in 1997 with cooking meth.
6. The Actors in the Film Had No Idea It Was Hate Propaganda
At least that's whats they claimed to the L.A. Times. They were told the film was called "Desert Warriors", and that the anti-Islamic references, and even every mentions of the words Muhammad and Koran, were added in post-production. L.A. Times posted this statement from the cast and crew:
"We are 100% not behind this film and were grossly misled about its intent and purpose.... We are deeply saddened by the tragedies that have occurred," the statement read.
7. The Movie First Screened As: "Innocence of Bin Laden"
The film, a product of a group of Middle-Eastern Christian extremists, first screened at the run-down, Hollywood Vine Theater, in late June. Steve Klein, who served as script consultant on the film, said the faulty name was just to lure in Islamic extremists in the L.A. area. The plan, obviously, was just to f**k with them. Well, it worked too well.
"The movie was only supposed to show in Hollywood," said Klein (L.A.Times).
8. Whoever Killed Our Ambassador Just F**ked Up
The American Consulate is in Benghazi, Libya, which was just decimated with mortar shells and gunfire (Stevens is believed to have died from smoke inhalation), but the U.S. bigwigs have just sent FAST (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team) over to Tripoli. The G-men won't tell us why they are there, specifically, but it most likely has to do with finding and murdering the bastards that killed the first U.S. Ambassador in the line of duty in 30 years. When you're being chased by an elite team of assassins named FAST, you can bet that vengeance is coming in a timely manner, not to mention, that we just recently dispatched a group of U.S Destroyers over to the coast of Libya. Shit is getting serious.
9. This is Officially the Most Controversial Film Ever Made
Remember how controversial Birth of a Nation was? How about Fahrenheit 9/11? Did they result in the murder of a U.S official and the destruction of an entire embassy? Didn't think so. There's no sexual deviancy, grotesque bodily horror, or any other offensive sociopolitical material that can even touch upon the explosive resonance in the aftermath of this film's existence. This thing could start a war.
10. This Whole Thing May Have Just Been a "Trojan Horse"
Forget everything I just told you. It was all a lie. Maybe not all a lie. But that part about anti-American extremists storming and destroying the U.S. embassy over a poorly made, Hollywood film? It could just be a front. USA Today is just reporting that the protests may have just be used as a front to attack the embassy in a celebratory measure related to 9/11. The same report is also claiming that the Libyan deputy interior minister has made some arrests related to the attacks in Libya. Nevertheless, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is currently in hiding.