Did Morgan Spurlock find Osama bin Laden? How do you spell “publicity stunt”?
15 minutes of footage shown at film fest sparks bidding war, speculation
The speculation first began at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where Spurlock showed a select group of potential buyers 15 minutes of footage from his new documentary, “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?” The film follows Spurlock through the Middle East in his search for the elusive leader of al-Qaida. According to Slashfilm.com, The Weinstein Co. quickly snapped up the picture after seeing the clips.
Spurlock, best known for Supersize Me, is also the brains behind 30 Days
I asked the show’s executive producers–all of whom worked on “The Awful Truth With Michael Moore,” a cable TV show–how this could be a documentary when they had decided the outcome in advance. Wasn’t it possible that Mr. Stacy would come out seeing that there isn’t Islamophobia to the extent that the Muslim community claims? Might he see that there is disturbingly strong support in the Detroit-area Islamic community for terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah–a fact regularly documented even in the normally pliant Detroit media?
No, the producers told me. “Morgan wants the show to demonstrate to America that we are Islamophobic and that 9/11’s biggest victims are Muslims.”