Hindu Mira Nair’s film, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (2013) opened the Venice Film Festival (the oldest film festival in the world, on its 80th stint–according to REUTERS’ Mike Collett-White, but it’s actually the 69th) on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. The film is not immensely popular because of its very limited audience appeal–namely those Muslims in America who are trying to live as Americans, but who encounter the natural prejudice and suspicion that the “religion of peace” creates as it wreaks havoc in the free world.
Kate Hudson, Riz Ahmed, and Mira Nair, at the 69th Venice Film Festival, 2012.
Think of the suicide mass murders, the brutal “honor” murders, the mass murders (actual and attempted) in the American military, to say nothing of the Islamic bombings throughout world, and above all and especially 9-11.
Yet The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a sympathy movie, intended to “build bridges,” that is, to make Muslims appear more acceptable and normal in American life. The ostensible “inspiration of the film” was, of course, 9-11. Or so director Mira Nair tells us. The idea is a social gesture, to try to create emotional empathy for Muslims in the very world to which their religion is avowed hostile.
Of course, true to its purpose, liberal media (REUTERS) wouldn’t dare refer to anyone associated with the film as “Muslims,” for that would incite religious aversion immediately. Instead, all are “Asian,” referred to by race, rather than religion. The liberal media is trending toward the race identity, so as to skirt (or hide) the religious motivation behind the conflict. The liberals are trying to have better luck at destroying the nationality of America and Europe by appealing to fear of racism. Why, no one wants to be called a racist. So, if you show any aversion to a Pakistani or an Arab, then it is because you are a low down racist, and not because you are concerned about a religion that fosters violence, murder, and mass destruction.
Kate Hudson, at the Venice
Film Festival, 2012.
And the film naturally features white American frosted blonde female Kate Hudson in the swarthy Asian Muslims. That’s the only “bridge” that really works–at least temporarily. Many are the white women in the West who have lived to regret their horrible relationships with Muslim men. (Shall we tally the beatings, child kidnappings, rapes, and murders?) In Mohsin Hamid’s 2007 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the lead character, Changez, a young, successful Pakistani male, is hopelessly in love with a white American, who is emotionally unavailable due to a previous hurtful relationship. So, even in sexual circumstances, the poor Pakistani is bound for rejection.
The whole effort is to create personal empathy for the Asian Muslim who, if he is a jihadist, was coerced into it by overwhelming circumstances. Of course, the novel ends without revealing the course Changez finally chooses, but that is only because the purpose of story is to let everyone know the kind of drama that is in the life of a Muslim who is trying to be a Westerner.
The story wants you to think that the jihadist is a victim, or, the result of a total fall-out of circumstances. And the poor Asian Muslim male has to chose between a blonde and a bomb, so to speak. If the white girl isn’t available for him, he will likely choose violence. This the psychological architecture of the story, regardless of any other intent, sincere or manipulative.
What little reviews there are of this novel or its motion picture all fail to address the most fundamental issues of all: race, religion, and sex. Those are the elements of the film, nothing more. It is just another attempt to make something that is adverse and foreign seem more palatable–through the manipulative use of sex, religion, and race. Note, again, however, that the religion of Islam, the Muslim element, is down-played considerably.
The girl with whom Changez falls in love is also, in a sense, a prototype for an America that cannot give up the memory of a dead lover (our nostalgia for the innocent security of a time that is past) and accept Changez for what he is: a smart, well-educated, if culturally different, Muslim foreigner who longs for acceptance.
Thus, the bleeding heart liberal invites the potential, likely jihadist mass murderer into the living room, tempting him to blow up the house.
Mohsin Hamid, author of “The
One too many Muslims has done his thing, given the chance. This happens in the West, to say nothing of the interminable violence in his own country. So, why invite him here? Let him blow up his own country. Why urge him to come to someone else’s, and try to create sympathy for him so that it will only be easier for him to commit mass murder?
The risk is too great. The aversion–which Muslims themselves have created, is irreversible. If he wants to be a Muslim in a country which does not value his religion, let him endure aversion like a man, not a liberal Democrat. If he wants to have sexual relations with foreign white women, let him bear the inevitable frustration with dignity, not insanity.
I don’t have sympathy. I have disapproval. I am willing to see correction–of the foreigner, not the native. There is no purpose but confusion, dilution, and weakening of the society by the forced injection of foreign, antithetical values into it.
I am a nationalist, a patriot, and indeed a native. I know of no other meaningful response to invasion.
I’ve been through it once. I respectfully decline any second offer.