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Cineworld cancels The Lady of Heaven film screenings after protests - BBC News

 

Cineworld cancels The Lady of Heaven film screenings after protests

 

Cineworld has cancelled all UK screenings of a film about the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, after it prompted protests outside some cinemas.

The cinema chain said it made the decision "to ensure the safety of our staff and customers".

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition for The Lady of Heaven film to be pulled from UK cinemas.

The Bolton Council of Mosques called the film "blasphemous" and sectarian.

But House of Lords peer Baroness Claire Fox called the decision "disastrous for the arts [and] dangerous for free speech", while Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was "very concerned about the growing cancel culture" in the UK.

In an email to Cineworld, reported by the Bolton News, the chairman of the Bolton Council of Mosques, Asif Patel, said the film was "underpinned with a sectarian ideology" and "misrepresents orthodox historical narratives and disrespects the most esteemed individuals of Islamic history".

It came after more than 100 people protested against the film outside the cinema earlier this week, the newspaper reported.

The Muslim news site 5Pillars also shared a picture on Twitter of what it said showed 200 Muslims protesting against the film outside a Birmingham branch of Cineworld on Sunday.

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter

The film's executive producer, Malik Shlibak, said he welcomed people expressing their views but said cinemas should "stand up and defend their right to show films that people want to see".

"I think cinemas are crumbling to the pressure, and taking these decisions to quell the noise," he told the Guardian.

Speaking to TalkTV on Wednesday, Mr Javid said: "I am very concerned about the growing cancel culture in this country. There's people out there who think they have a right not to be offended and of course, no-one has that right.

"You might not like what someone's got to say, but they have a right to say it."

He pointed out that there are no blasphemy laws in the UK and warned that would be "an incredibly dangerous road to go down".

"What we have in this country is freedom of speech and expression and that is a fundamental value," he added.

Criticising calls to cancel the film, Baroness Fox said in a tweet:"Same 'I Find that Offensive' cancel culture arguments now being used far beyond campus activism. Disastrous for the arts, dangerous for free speech, a lesson to those who argue identity politics are no threat to democracy."

'Divisive'

The film, which was released in UK cinemas on 3 June, claims to tell the story of Lady Fatima, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad.

It has been criticised by some groups for depicting the Prophet Muhammad, which is seen as an insult in Islam.

The film's website says "no individual represented a Holy Personality", with performances instead achieved "through a unique synthesis of actors, in-camera effects, lighting and visual effects".

The Muslim Council of Britain, the UK's largest Muslim umbrella organisation, has described the film as "divisive".

In a statement on Sunday, the organisation said it "supports those scholars and leaders who are advocating for greater unity and for the common good".

"There are some - including many of this film's supporters or those engaging in sectarianism in their response - whose primary goal is to fuel hatred," the statement added.

'Diverse communities'

Screenings of the film were still scheduled for Wednesday at a number of Vue cinemas in London and south-east England.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "Vue takes seriously the responsibilities that come with providing a platform for a wide variety of content and believes in showcasing films of interest to diverse communities across the UK.

"Vue will only show a film once the BBFC (the independent British Board of Film Classification) has assessed and rated a film. The Lady of Heaven has been BBFC accredited and is on show in a number of our cinemas."

The company would not confirm whether any screenings had been cancelled, but added: "Decisions about how long a film remains on show are taken on a site-by-site basis and based on a variety of commercial and operational factors."

A spokesperson for Cineworld said: "Due to recent incidents related to screenings of The Lady of Heaven, we have made the decision to cancel upcoming screenings of the film nationwide to ensure the safety of our staff and customers."

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The Muslims and the Catholics are experts at cancel culture and have been for decades. Long before the wokists and alphabet people got on the train.

 

They have the right to protest as they are in the UK and we give them that right. But we have the right to not give a damn and do what we want so long as it breaks no laws.

 

If they are unhappy about the movies shown at public cinemas in the UK they are free to leave the country and go somewhere else more aligned to thier religious values like Pakistan, Iran or Afghanistan.  

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19 minutes ago, Sutton_blows_goats said:

The Muslims and the Catholics are experts at cancel culture and have been for decades.

Organised religion has been at it for centuries.  

 

Mary Whitehouse was fairly quick on the trigger too.

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Obviously encouraged by their success in getting the cowardly school governers of Bately Grammar School and the local Bately council and Polis onlookers to isolate that poor teacher the rag tag muslim rent a mob have scared a reasonably sized company into stop showing this film and others to hide behind removing it from certain locations. 

 

The scenes from Bolton looked liked downtown Lahore. The Pols must step in and defend free speech or heads should roll (sic). I noticed one message criticising the Cineworld in the Mail attracted 22k responses many saying they have written to Cineworld saying they would never view a film there again. I did similar today.  Just like the BBC license fee, its time to make a stand against these corporate cowards. 

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1 hour ago, Gonzo79 said:

What kind of person spends their time defending a slave-owning warlord who had sex with nine year olds?

Other slave owning warlords who have sex with nine year olds......

 

And maybe the SNP/Green coalition.

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Being the diversity-loving inclusionist that you all know I am, I find it terribly difficult to share a growing suspicion that imported Islamic traditions and values may not, after all, be compatible with British culture. 

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On 08/06/2022 at 19:37, Bill said:

Being the diversity-loving inclusionist that you all know I am, I find it terribly difficult to share a growing suspicion that imported Islamic traditions and values may not, after all, be compatible with British culture. 

I think 90% of the general public share this view, its just the Government (Labout and Tory) some charities and NGOs that are fine with unrestricted immigration of economic migrants from the muslim world importing their medieval religion. 

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