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How the controversial 'Innocence of Muslims' film was made

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Innocence of Muslims
Innocence of Muslims

Back in July a controversial film appeared on YouTube. The low budget, poorly made film appeared to have been made with a main goal of offending and inflaming Muslims, with its depiction of Muhammad as a "hypocritical and bloodthirsty philanderer in a truly terrible costume," in the words of our own Adi Robertson. A lot of controversy resulted when the video went viral: YouTube pulled it from several markets when it was rumored to be a source of protests that broke out in Benghazi, Libya in September (a rumor later proved inaccurate). That attack resulted in the killing of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other people. Vanity Fair has published an account of just how the film came to be made, with actors who didn't know what it was about, and the man with several names behind it.