terrorism

Whatever you do, don't call bin Laden hot

Whatever you do, don't call bin Laden hot

It’s difficult (not to mention crass) to try to tie lust and Osama bin Laden together, but in honor of last night’s historic news we’re gonna do it. A few years ago NPR’s “This American Life” started off an episode about speaking one’s mind in a tough room with this painful yet kind of hilarious…

FOUR LIONS: can terrorism ever be safe for comedy?

FOUR LIONS: can terrorism ever be safe for comedy?

FOUR LIONS, a comedy about terrorism at the Sundance Film Festival 2010

FOUR LIONS, a pitch-black farce that begins with jihadi-video bloopers, raises some obvious questions. Are jokes about suicide bombers in poor taste? Is it too soon to be finding the hilarity in extreme radicalism? Can terrorism ever be safe for comedy? But if FOUR LIONS proves anything, it’s that “safety” and “taste” are irrelevant concepts for a comedy about such a deadly serious subject; whatever larger meaning we might glean from the film comes from the inherent danger of the project and from the discomfort it provokes.