Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Must not make fun of Pakistanis

Or women, or blacks, or homosexuals.  But mocking Christians and white males is fine

It has already been cancelled - but you won't catch any reruns in Pakistan. Jack Black and Tim Robbins' series The Brink has come under fire in the south Asian country where it is partially set.

According to a report by NBC news, the political comedy was slammed by native critics who said the show 'portrayed the country in a negative and one-dimensional way'.

The series follows United States Secretary of State Walter Larson, played by Robbins,  who is forced to rely on a lowly Foreign Service Officer assigned to the US Embassy in Islamabad, played by Black, when tensions break out in the area.

NBC claimed both a cable TV provider and one of the country's leading pirate DVD franchises have both been advised by 'the powers that be' not to air or sell the show.

'We have been advised to not run this, either in regular cable or in video on-demand services we offer,' said one staff member at the Islamabad-based cable operator, who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals.

Pakistan's embassy in Washington accused the show of 'maligning' Pakistan and said that it 'reinforces stereotypes'.

'This is also an affront to the people and institutions in both countries who have invested a lot over the decades in blood and treasure in building this important and mutually beneficial relationship,' embassy spokesperson Nadeem Hotiana said.

He also criticised the 'repeated insinuations that an intelligence agency of Pakistan is complicit in protecting the terrorists at the expense of innocent Pakistani civilians'.

After premiering on HBO in June, a second series was initially ordered before the network changed its mind and cancelled it.



Anonymous said...

I do not believe anything that Pakistani authorities say.

Anonymous said...

Just devious (not to say Machiavellian) politics (or political pressure) in action The principle of free-expression even as fiction is disregarded.

stinky said...

You are also forbidden from revealing my non-existent Swiss bank account number where I stash the non-existent bribes that I never took, and anyway those projects helped a lot of people.

Anonymous said...

I guess exposing truth does cause pain to those exposed.

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of North Korea's reaction to a similar type movie. As stated above, the truth even comedic portrayal of truth must be suppressed.


Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals cant open their pieholes without whining

Anonymous said...

I had never heard of this show.
Now I will check it out.
Job done.

Anonymous said...

Best advertising yet. Must find it and share.

Alpha Skua said...

Whens the whining ever going to stop we have enough at campuses where the spoiled little snots want tier safe spaces