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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-14-07 10:50 AM
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2. Oh gawd, here we go again...
maybe they should've just given out cartoons of Muhammad to all moviegoers on the way in, eh?

Look, a certain amount of cultural sensitivity is certainly a good thing, but I think the Iranians that are offended here are blowing this out of proportion. Also, the film doesn't really distort the basic fact of history that 300 Spartans (along with, it should be noted, several hundred soldiers from other city-states) held off hundreds of thousands for three days. Obviously, that's the sort of thing that makes for a good movie. It's got natural drama. And, similarly, it's the Spartans that will come out on the positive side here, simply by virtue of being the underdog. Who wants to root for a gigantic horde that crushed a few dozen troops?

All that said, I think it is kind of sad that the Spartans are portrayed as some sort of freedom fighters struggling for democracy. That in and of itself is a gross disdortion of history.
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