We’ve all been waiting with bated breath for Obama pal George Clooney to weigh in on the anti-Islam film that supposedly launched a thousand riots. Well, that time has finally come. Movieline editor Frank DiGiacomo, who still blames “The Innocence of Muslims” for sparking global anti-American riots, asked Clooney how he felt about the film:
For one thing, he said, “I’m not quite sure that those diplomats did die as a result of that movie. It seems more like that was a coordinated effort by Al Qaeda” to make a statement on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil.
A shockingly astute assessment. If only he would have stopped there. Alas, he did not.
“Freedom of speech means you have to allow idiots to speak, and that’s the unfortunate thing.” “This guy clearly wanted to create problems,” he continued referring to Nakoula Basseley, the Egyptian immigrant who appears to have masterminded the making of Innocence of Muslims. Clooney added that he saw part of the YouTube video: “It made me mad and I’m not Muslim,” he said. “It made me mad for the quality of film that it was, more than anything. But the simple truth is that in order to make [democracy] work, the idiots get to have their say, too. And that’s unfortunate.”
Yeah … freedom of speech. Idiots are allowed to exercise it, too. How inconvenient!
Twitterers exercised their free speech and rightly gave Clooney the business:
Oh. Snap. Well played.
The irony of Clooney’s statement wasn’t lost on many:
George can continue to trash the First Amendment to his heart’s content and lament that those he deems idiotic are allowed to express themselves. We embrace the Constitution that gives him the right to feel that way. And we also embrace our right to call him out for being a jackass.