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New Zealand's Ardern criticizes mosque attacks film amid backlash

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Muslim poet Mohamed Hassan said the filmmakers needed to focus on members of the community that bore the brunt of the attacks, not use them as props in a feel-good story about Ardern.

This man understands well.

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This man understands well.

As does PM Ardern.

"In my view, which is a personal view, it feels very soon and very raw for New Zealand," Ardern told TVNZ. "And while there are so many stories that should be told at some point, I don't consider mine to be one of them -- they are the community's stories, the families' stories."

I suppose we're now going to see right-wingers piling on to Ardern despite the fact that she has nothing to do with this project and publicly disapproves of it.

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Why does this story include the name of the nobody who perpetrated this monstrous act. He should not be mentioned by name in any story about his crime against innocent people. It does nothing but turn him into a person, a right he discarded with his actions.

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yes purely liberal reaction.

if she will "dislike" movie than its bad...

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To do good and be damned.

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"You do not get to tell this story. You do not get to turn this into a White Saviour narrative. This is not yours,"

Actually it belongs to all New Zealanders. It traumatized the entire nation.

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I am amazed at the psychic ability of members of the NZ Muslim community. Without seeing the movie, without even reading the script, they KNOW that this will be a "White Savior" narrative!

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Why does this story include the name of the nobody who perpetrated this monstrous act. He should not be mentioned by name in any story about his crime against innocent people. It does nothing but turn him into a person, a right he discarded with his actions.

The story also falsely calls him a white supremacist when he was actually a total nutjob eco terrorist who believed in population reduction to fight climate change, no joke.

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Is this intended to be a documentary or a drama. If the latter it sounds pretty meh.

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I thought any one could make any movie about any thing !

Didnt think the person making the movie need approval of anyone to make a movie !

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The story also falsely calls him a white supremacist when he was actually a total nutjob eco terrorist who believed in population reduction to fight climate change, no joke.

He explicitly identifies as a racist and a fascist.

Tarrant claimed that he is racist but not xenophobic. He is thought to have become obsessed with terrorist attacks committed by Islamic extremists in 2016 and 2017, started planning an attack about two years prior to the shootings, and chosen his targets three months in advance. He admitted that he is a fascist. 

Please learn more about the incident before you start denying things that are a matter of public record.

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The story also falsely calls him a white supremacist when he was actually a total nutjob eco terrorist who believed in population reduction to fight climate change, no joke.

Who just happened to target muslims and immigrants. The eco-terrorism was part of it, but no, he was a white supremacist whose 'Great Replacement Manifesto' is modelled on the white nationalists' Grand Remplacement: "the white French population—as well as white European populations at large—is being demographically and culturally replaced with non-European peoples—specifically Arab, Berber, South Asian and sub- Saharan Muslim populations" through mass migration.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Replacement

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including wearing a scarf when meeting mourners.

Wow.

Can’t wait to see this movie, or maybe just read about it, and smile at how wonderful PM of New Zealand must be.

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JT should have linked the petition on this article.

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Calling her a 'white savior' sounds racist. Surely Muslims do not identify with any skin color.

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Personally, I would feel someone were mocking my religion if they decided to wear my religious clothing, even though they were not believers in my religion. Just seems shallow to me, rather than genuinely empathetic.

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Very tasteless to do a film so soon after. A documentary, I can understand.

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Personally, I would feel someone were mocking my religion if they decided to wear my religious clothing, even though they were not believers in my religion. Just seems shallow to me, rather than genuinely empathetic.

How convenient to your anti-Ardern narrative. Under those circumstances, I wouldn't have felt that way, I'd have seen it as a genuine attempt at compassion and understanding.

Some in the Muslim community see the hijab as a symbol of oppression and criticised her for what they saw as an endorsement of it. I think that's a fairer criticism than 'seems shallow to me'.

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I'd have seen it as a genuine attempt at compassion and understanding.

I don’t have an anti-Ardern stance per se, I just question some of her policies, and admire that she can get kudos in some quarters for wearing a scarf. Some politicians have it easy! No doubt she meant well, but to me it was like Trump waving around his bible. Fortunately I’m an atheist myself, but I try to put myself in the shoes of those who are religious.

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fxgai,

Fair enough. I suppose all that's important is how those affected by the attack saw the gesture. I wouldn't want to speak for them, but I got the impression they appreciated it.

Fortunately I’m an atheist myself, but I try to put myself in the shoes of those who are religious.

Me too. I have no problem donning an appropriate piece of clothing out of respect if attending a religious ceremony though. For example, a yarmulke at a Bar Mitzvah.

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Actually it belongs to all New Zealanders. It traumatized the entire nation.

Actually it traumatized some New Zealanders more than others, and I would have hoped that most people would have the sensitivity to understand this.

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