The Latina at the center of the Libya protests speaks out!
I was as shocked as everyone else when I heard about the protests in Libya, Egypt, and now Yemen, that caused the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three embassy employees--and even more so after I realized that it all stemmed from a YouTube trailer for an anti-Islam propaganda film. But the story only got more unbelievable when I heard that a Latina actress, Cindy Lee Garcia, was right at the center of all the controversy!
Garcia recently opened up to Jezebel about her role in the offensive movie, revealing that she had absolutely NO idea that she was participating in an anti-religion spoof!
According to Garcia, the script she was given was titled Desert Warriors (not Muslin Innocence as the trailer is called) and she believed the film was about "how things were run in Egypt," thousands of years ago. "There wasn't anything about Muhammed or Muslims or anything," she recalls. In fact, Garcia said that all references to Muhammed were added in post-production, as were all the other insulting lines.
"Now we have people dead because of a movie I was in," Garcia stated, explaining that she was horrified when she learned of the protests. "It makes me sick."
Can you even imagine how stunned and horrified she must feel to see what the final movie actually was and the tragedies that it caused? I can't! After all, she was just showing up to do her job. How could she have known it would have ended up like this? It's terrible that her and the other actors in the film to were lied to and taken advantage of.
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Though the filmmaker (who goes by the pseunonym "Sam Bacile") is now in hiding, I hope he is eventually caught and punished. No one deserves to have been a victim of his manipulation!
Image via Cindy Lee Garcia/facebook