The Blog

Harold and Kumar Cross the Line

3:05 PM, Apr 28, 2008 • By JAIME SNEIDER
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

Attacking the politics of Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay is like subjecting Penthouse Forum to literary criticism. So when I took in a matinée of the stoner sequel last Friday, I was prepared to overlook the film's distasteful depiction of our president. I was even prepared to disregard the fact that, aside from Harold and Kumar, no one has ever been sent from American soil to Guantanamo, and the only U.S. citizen ever imprisoned there was released once his citizenship became known.

What crossed the line, however, is that the American soldiers stationed in Guantanamo Bay were portrayed as rapists. Political operatives at the Homeland Security Department are fair game, but I don't think I'm going out on a limb in saying that the film's suggestion our troops sodomize detainees disrespects the many soldiers stationed there who are making great sacrifices to protect our country.

Although it's hard to believe that Harold and Kumar will be released in any Middle Eastern country, I have no doubt that many foreigners would take this parody of Bush administration policies seriously. Do recall the Turkish film, Valley of the Wolves Iraq, showed U.S. doctors harvesting the organs of detainees to send to Israel.