The angry riots throughout North Africa and the Middle East over an anti-Islamic movie have sparked intense discussion about American foreign policy and the limits of freedom of speech and religion. While the violent reactions of some extremist groups to the movie that cast the prophet Mohammed in a negative light may seem extreme, it turns out that Americans also have a lot of deep seated anger towards the movie industry.
A recent survey found that a number of mainstream and high profile movies have offended Americans for all sorts of reasons.
33% of people admitted that they find themselves uncontrollably vomiting when they watch Braveheart. A small percentage explained that it was probably a result of the gruesome battle scenes, but the vast majority insisted that they just hate Mel Gibson.
The classic film Old Yeller offends almost 75% of Americans. In addition to the sad ending, many are disgusted by the rumors of constant leg humping that have plagued the film's production.
Despite its original popularity with fundamentalist Christians, many from the religious right are now realizing how offended they are by The Passion of Christ. Most say the brutality experienced by the Messiah simply makes him look too weak, and not only that, the ending is unbelievable.
99% of Democrats will never watch a Clint Eastwood movie again.
America's love of TV may also face more challenges soon. There are reports from Morocco that an extremist group is in the pilot phase of a sitcom that would portray Jesus as a poor, illiterate slacker who won't get a job and loves hanging out with thieves and prostitutes.