Egypt Court Bans YouTube for a Month Over Muhammed Movie

Adrian Chen · 02/11/13 11:53AM

The fallout from the low-budget Innocence of Muslims YouTube video continues, incredibly. Egyptian judge Hassouna Tawfiq has just ordered that YouTube be blocked for 30 days in Egypt over the video, which was directed by a softcore porn director and portrayed Muhammed as a murderous child molester. The Egyptian courts sentenced seven people to death over the film last year, including filmmaker Mark Basseley Youssef. It's fair to say this Innocence of Muslims is now the most disastrous viral video in all of history, surpassing even "Friday."

Innocence of Muslims Director Jailed, World May Never Hear What He's Got to Say For Himself

Adrian Chen · 09/28/12 04:33PM

Now that Obama's weighed in, just about everyone on Earth has spoken up about bizarre Innocence of Muslims trailer that sparked violent protests in the Middle East. Everyone, that is, except the man largely believe to be responsible for it: the 55-year-old Coptic Christian former gas station owner named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We may not hear from him for a while, now that he's been imprisoned for parole violations and could face up to three years in prison.

Pakistani Cabinet Minister Puts $100,000 Bounty On Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker's Head

Adrian Chen · 09/24/12 10:19AM

Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has offered $100,000 to anyone who kills the man who made the low-budget anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, calling on al-Qaeda and the Taliban to help in the "noble cause". 55-year-old Coptic Christian Californian Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is believed to be the man behind the film. This has caused a bit of a PR problem for Bilour's party which is secular and stridently anti-Taliban and al-Qaeda. Let's hope Bilour isn't a Girls fan. Who knows what hell he might unleash on Emmy voters after last night's snub.

Here Is the Original Script for Innocence of Muslims

Adrian Chen · 09/18/12 04:45PM

Innocence of Muslims is shaping up to be the most influential movie of the year in a twisted way. A ridiculous 14-minute YouTube trailer for the anti-Islam film sparked violent protests throughout the Muslim world. But just a handful of people have seen the full film. We've obtained the original script for the feature-length Innocence of Muslims. Here is the seed from which so much chaos has sprung.

Meet The Director of Muslim Innocence: A Mystery Man Named Alan Roberts

Adrian Chen · 09/13/12 06:44PM

Upon the release of a Hollywood film, the director typically gets the bulk of the media attention while the producer keeps a lower profile. In the case of the infamous Muslims Innocence viral video, which has sparked a wave of violent protests in the Middle East, this has been reversed: The film's producer has been exposed in the media as a liar and a fraud. But we still know next to nothing about the director, a man who goes by the name Alan Roberts.

Is The Mysterious Man Behind Muslim Innocence a Convicted Fraudster Named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula?

Adrian Chen · 09/13/12 12:30PM

Sam Bacile, the filmmaker who took credit for the explosive anti-Islam film Muslim Innocence, told the media he was an Israeli, who made the movie with $5 million from 100 Jewish donors. But as we've learned from the actors themselves, nothing about the film is what it seems. All evidence suggests "Sam Bacile" is in fact an Egytian Coptic Christian and convicted fraudster living in California.

'It Makes Me Sick': Actress in Muhammed Movie Says She Was Deceived, Had No Idea It Was About Islam

Adrian Chen · 09/12/12 04:29PM

The story of the Muhammed movie which sparked deadly protests in Libya and Egypt gets weirder. The actors who appeared in it had no idea they were starring in anti-Islam propaganda which depicts Muhammed as a child molester and thug. They were deceived by the film's director, believing they were appearing in a film about the life of a generic Egyptian 2,000 years ago.