looks like Lee Daniels is following in the footsteps of KKKuetin Tarantino.
NEW YORK — By his own admission, Lee Daniels sets out to “discombobulate” actors on set.
But he made his star Nicole Kidman actively uncomfortable when he asked her to say the N-word during a scene in their new movie, the period melodrama “The Paperboy.”
The polarizing film, about a journalist and a murder in 1970s Florida, is a simmering pot of race and class, with Kidman’s Charlotte Bless a vixen who speaks her mind. In one scene, Daniels wanted her to aim an N-word at a black costar. But the actress bristled at the idea.
On Wednesday at a press conference at the New York Film Festival, the disagreement again reared its head.
As Daniels recounted his puzzlement that Kidman wouldn’t say it, Kidman replied, looking slightly annoyed, “I didn’t feel like it was right for the character,” then after a second, “I have a son who’s African American and I just didn’t feel it was right. It wasn’t right.”
Daniels said that he was initially frustrated by Kidman’s stance and expressed that feeling to his producer. The producer replied that so far during the shoot Daniels had put Kidman’s character in a compromising sexual position, as well as had her pee on Zac Efron, so maybe best to cut her a break. Daniels relented.
Still, the director took a generally direct line with his actors. As Kidman’s costar David Oyelowo put it, Daniels “feels it is his job to push you out of your comfort zone; he feels the truth will be accessed” that way.
He asked Kidman to do her own makeup, which he thought “freaked her out at the beginning” (Kidman: “I thought when am I going to shoot the film if we’re all doing our own hair and makeup?”) and said he “expected Zac Efron at catering.”
“We’re putting on a play … we’re on the run, we’re on the move,” Daniels said.
But after blanching, Kidman said she eventually thought it was the best approach. “I thought just go with it,” she said. “I want to be in places I’ve never been before.”
She added that she’s reached a point in her career where a director with an unusual or even pushy approach was exactly what she craved. “I want to go home at night and feel discomfort,” she said.
Ahmadis that flee persecution from the Islamic world, from places like Pakistan under attack in the U.K from other islamic immigrant groups.
Members of a Muslim sect persecuted in Pakistan have called for action to prevent groups from peddling hate against them in the UK.
The Ahmadiyya community in the UK says it is being targeted through various media and in mosques and conferences by behaviour that it says amounts to religious hatred but is not caught by the definition of that offence under UK law.
The community moved its headquarters to the UK in the 1980s after the Pakistani government passed a law forbidding Ahmadis from calling themselves Muslims and curbing their religious practices.
They were also hounded in Pakistan by Islamic groups that have set up UK satellite offices and are doing the same here, according to Naseer Din, president of the London Ahmadiyya community. “They are advocating sectarianism in Pakistan and creating hatred,” he said. “These [same] groups are coming here and creating the same hatred … There is indoctrination going on in the Muslim community.”
One anti-Ahmadi group is Khatme Nubuwwat, whose UK academy is in Forest Gate, east London. Its website variously describes Ahmadis as “traitors”, “double faced”, “dangerous” and engaged in a “conspiracy against Islam”.
The Liberal Democrat peer Lord Hussain appeared at a Khatme Nubuwwat conference in Luton in July, an event Din said Hussain should not have been supporting.
A leaflet distributed in Wandsworth, south-west London, this year, attributed to a group called Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat, states: “Qadianis [a pejorative term for Ahmadis] are apostate (‘Murtad’) … He should be given the punishment of a Murtad which is capital punishment.” It later makes clear: “Individuals cannot and should not administer this punishment.”
Khatme Nubuwwat means “finality of prophethood”, a reference to the fact that, unlike other Muslims, Ahmadis do not believe Muhammad was the last of the prophets.
This view has also prompted opprobrium on Asian community TV channels operating out of the UK. In May this year the media watchdog, Ofcom, found the Manchester-based Asian television network DM Digital to be in breach of rule 4.2 of its broadcasting code, forbidding abusive treatment of religious views, after an Islamic scholar on one of its programmes stated that the late founder of the Ahmadiyya community was “an apostate and one who deserves to be killed”. Takbeer TV has also been censured by Ofcom.
Din said: “We don’t want to stem …true discussion and scholarly debate but it mustn’t be played out in a climate of hate … Where there’s a history of a certain type of person or movement, like Khatme Nubuwwat preaching at conferences, in mosques … someone needs to look at it. The government needs to act before it gets out of hand.”
Last month, three Ahmadis were reportedly shot dead in 10 days in Karachi in suspected hate crimes. The most notorious attack against Ahmadis came in 2010 when co-ordinated assaults on two Lahore mosques killed scores of people. Din warned: “It’s only a matter of time until an atrocity is carried out against someone in our community here.”
Akber Choudhry, a former Ahmadi from the Khatme Nubuwwat academy, said the group merely sought to help people confused about Islam by the Ahmadiyya community’s teachings. “The hype [about persecution] is worse than the fact. No one in the UK wants to hurt, hate or harm the Ahmadiyya community.” “Some of our [the UK’s] imams are firebrands, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the academy.”
Choudhry promised to remove any offensive content on the academy’s website drawn to his attention, but said some offending words were down to “cultural differences”. “If there’s something that is considered inflammatory, that should not be there,” he said. “We call [the Ahmadiyya] a cult, which may be inflammatory.”
Hussain and Aalmi Majlis Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat did not respond to requests for comment.
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Yesterday Way Down Market Avignon Nimes, Muslims threatened merchants who sell wine, a butcher who sells pork and charcuterie, as well as merchants who sell “light clothing”, and have forbidden to return under pain of death.
A few months ago already, a butcher who nevertheless had a good customer, had disappeared overnight without anyone understanding says a local resident.
In June, the mall market was destroyed by fire, and the locals had created a group to complain about the increasing violence of Muslim youths without nothing effective is done by the municipality.
Open thread on Radio France Bleue, this morning, a local Muslim neighborhood said “I’m half surprised anyway because it gets into the community. There is that feeling of communalism progresses to include Muslims themselves. ‘
“They are Muslims who claim to an extreme reading of Islam,” said Morad to the antenna.
Abdel adds, “they return home. This is racism. These are people who seek provocation ”
Jacqueline comes in which one feels exasperated voice she is powerless to experience this for years in the indifference of the government: “It is certainly a minority, she told the journalist of Radio Blue refuses to call it racism, but it is a minority that prevents people from living normally. If the reverse had happened, it would have been bloody. It’s anti-white racism, anti Christian. ‘
“You see girls 5 years veiled, it hurts said Monique, who lives in the street. They impose halal meat, and they do not want to eat what you want. The longer it goes the more people are veiled. It is they who make the mess from the French. ‘
“While this is a minority, says José, but in a few weeks, they can rot a situation. We did not say anything about the Halal shops. They want to create a ghetto. This is racism (the journalist away quickly charge). The authorities must stop it, this must stop fundamentalist. ‘
The live set has failed, the failed integration, the chance for France has turned into a curse. Islam conquering advance, the leaders of France and bienpensants benefit the shelter.