Using movies to explore the lives of towering biblical heroes is usually risky business. It’s taking a long walk on some thin ice. Darren Aronofsky’s epic “Noah” may have already broken through. While the film’s release is still a few weeks away, the movie has been banned in a handful of Middle Eastern Countries, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
As per Islamic tradition, the portrayal of prophets — anywhere other than the Koran — is strictly forbidden. The ire surrounding the belief is intense and the desire to protect the sanctity of the prophet’s image is nothing to be trifled with. Remember when that Danish cartoon unleashed havoc across the Middle East? Embassies were burned.
Thankfully, perhaps, the tools of excision and censorship have been sharpened and used in Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE. Sadly, billboards sporting Russel Crowe’s massive head will not be dotting every Middle Eastern Highway.