question of the day: The anti-Muslim movie trailer that supposedly prompted the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya: seriously, WTF?

Have you seen this?


These are, allegedly, excerpts from a film apparently called Innocence of Muslims, clips that, via YouTube, we’re meant to believe, are what prompted an angry mob to attack an American consulate in Benghazi and kill the U.S. ambassador to Libya, among others.

But… this is a joke, right? No one could possibly take this seriously, could they? I kept expecting Will Ferrell to pop up.

At EW, you’ll find the Associated Press rundown on the supposed creator of this bad Saturday Night Live sketch:

[Sam] Bacile told the AP he is a real estate developer and an Israeli Jew. But Israeli officials said they had not heard of him and there was no record of him being a citizen. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to share personal information with the media.

The name Bacile also does not appear in searches of California state licenses, including the Department of Real Estate. Directors’ and producers’ groups in Los Angeles said they had no record of Bacile and California’s state film commission said no permits had been issued to Bacile or Innocence of Muslims. But officials added that films can easily be made on a shoestring, without permits and under the radar of authorities and film industry watchdogs. “There’s no universal registry where you can tell for sure this is legitimate film,” said Chris Green, a spokesman with the Producer’s Guild of America.

The only sparse evidence indicating that an entire version of Innocence of Muslims was filmed beyond its 13.5-minute trailer came in comments from an employee of the Vine Theater, a Hollywood Boulevard theater that was padlocked on Wednesday. The theater employee, who declined to identify himself, said that a version of Innocence of Muslims ran briefly several months ago at the theater and that a man whose first name was Sam had brought the film to the theater.

Innocence of Muslims? Sam Bacile? IM-Bacile?!

This is a put on. It’s gotta be. Right?

On the other hand, there’s no way in hell this could possibly be some sort of bizarre CIA-produced provocation, or even support for a false-flag operation. You know, as an excuse to send U.S. troops into Libya. No way in hell. Because it wouldn’t be so obviously moronic, would it?

Which means — wait — that this is a real trailer for a real film…

My head is about to explode.

The anti-Muslim movie trailer that supposedly prompted the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya: seriously, WTF?

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