Pamela Geller Shares Anti-Migrant Video That Is Such an Obvious Hoax You Can See Its Film Crew
Y’know, if you are going to share a video that purports to be real-life footage of Muslim migrants violently destroying property to make an Islamophobic point, maybe make sure the clip doesn’t show a film crew in the background.
In the video she shared not only to her YouTube page but also on her newsletter and website, anti-Muslim political commentator Pamela Geller indicated that the clip shows Islamic migrants in Italy beating a police car with baseball bats and rods. But, as Media Matters highlighted on Monday, the video is actually amateur footage of a scene being shot for a professional film.
The video, in reality, is an amateur recording of an Italian film shooting. The drama Mediterranea chronicles two friends from Burkina Faso who experience hostility after immigrating to Italy. The allegation that the video depicts Italian migrants engaged in a criminal act has been debunked since as early as 2014, by Italian, French, and German language websites. (A directional microphone and light-diffusion panel are also visible in the frame, though Geller seemed not to have noticed them.) As of this writing, the video has over 5,000 views.
I mean, seriously, did she think that nobody would notice the boom mic or panel in the clip? Did she even watch the video in full before tossing it out there as proof of Muslims gone wild?
Watch the video above of the film shoot, via Media Matters.
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