"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore," Howard Beal led the angry chorus of voices! Seeing the news room be taken over by corporate interests that wanted entertainment not news, Howard, a Network News anchor, started encouraging his audience to shout out their feelings!
Howard Beal is the protagonist of the prescient movie, "Network" (1976) directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Paddy Chayefsky. Great actors including Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall and Ned Beatty. All the actors in the movie are professional, excellent actors. No computer graphics, no super heroes, no loopy love story; in other words not much like the popular Hollywood movies offered these days.
I would call this a MUST SEE classic movie which is still relevant today. (33 years later and still relevant, oh dear.)
I was reminded of this movie by Mr. al Zaidi's act of civil disobedience in Iraq. He's right, you know, there comes a time when enough is enough. I was surprised when everyone in the room didn't throw their shoes at Bush! The point wasn't to hit g.w.Bush, the point was to show disrespect, in a moment of explosive frustration. Exposing the sole of your shoe to someone is considered an insult.
Mr. al Zaidi, a journalist, spoke for a lot of people, millions in the world, when he shouted, "This is a farewell kiss, you dog, this is from the widows and orphans and those that were killed!"
It was on MSNBC that I first viewed the incident. There was no translation for Mr. al Zaidi's words, he wasn't quoted. The female news announcer urged her viewers to "listen" to Bush's comments. As usual Bush's comments were inappropriate: "It was jus' some guy that wanted to get on T.V." One could also hear Mr. al Zaidi being brutally beaten in the background, also inappropriate, but nary a word about inappropriate use of force by the announcer.
His lawyers plan to appeal his three year sentence. Shouldn't this case be handled by the World Court due to it crossing international borders (U.S.A. and Iraq)? I assume Iraq is a sovereign nation. Mr. al Zaidi must be moved to safety so he can have his wounds attended to professionally and not face continuous assault in prison. Otherwise how can a fair trial proceed?
Neither as a state governor nor as a national leader has Bush shown compassion for others. He has not shown a capacity for feeling compassion nor taking personal responsibility for the deaths of innocent people under his leadership. Isn't there a name for that, something psychological?
It's worse to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people with modern weaponry than it is to throw a pair of shoes. Some upside down logic is at work in this situation.
We've seen elderly nuns imprisoned because they demonstrated for peace, a guy buying Chinese food arrested for watching a demonstration during the Republican convention, a gym member taken to the police station for talking politics at the gym, etc. etc. All these things happening in a country with a Bill of Rights which recognizes freedom of speech.
A new president isn't going to be able to change this. A change in perspective is needed by those in law and order field and those in the judiciary who see a terrorist in every shadow or see an opportunity to make some bucks from the privatized prison system.
So let's pay attention, point out the bad calls and appreciate the good cops/judges.
You can find an article titled "Shoe-thrower fans unite online" at CNN: