Sarah Deming, of Oakland County Michigan, did not enjoy Ryan Gosling's new movie, Drive. Led on by a trailer that promised a light-hearted romp similar to the works of Vin Diesel, Deming instead got a film which "contained extreme, gratuitous, dehumanising racism directed at members of the Jewish faith, and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith."
I was similarly distressed by the trailer for The Phantom Menace, which promised me a Star Wars movie. Although I am not Jewish, it is not an exaggeration to say that after two hours of The Phantom Menace, I felt like an Auschwitz survivor, and I hated George Lucas as much as anyone ever hated Hitler. Still, I have not sued over the experience. Maybe one day, when I've recovered from the trauma.
So let me be the first to congratulate Sarah Deming for having the strength to vindicate her rights, and the rights of all Jewish people, against the makers of Drive. Ms. Deming has filed a class action over the misleading trailer, on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated in the State of Michigan.
While a class action seeking only a ticket refund for everyone in Michigan may seem trivial in light of the virtual Holocaust Ms. Deming suffered, let's remember that it took the Israelis sixteen years to put Eichmann in the dock. If Ryan Gosling hangs within the decade, it will be in no small part due to Sarah Deming's willingness to fight the good fight.
And let's not forget to congratulate Ms. Deming's attorney, Martin H. Leaf of Farmington Hills, Michigan. It takes a man of rare courage to stand up to the anti-semites of Hollywood. In fact, based on the court's scant records concerning this case, I wasn't certain that Martin H. Leaf of Farmington Hills, Michigan was the tireless warrior for victimized Jews who struck a blow on behalf of that beleaguered race. I had to resort to the internet to be sure, but I have no doubt that the Martin H. Leaf who wrote this warning to America in 2010:
Most Israelis no longer care what this Arab or that Arab leader promises, because it is all hot air. Israelis no longer want to give land for peace or anything else for peace: They have been there and done that. The only thing that makes sense now is peace for peace, but that won’t happen either.
Imagine where the US would be had Israel not had the guts to take out the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981? Hint: There would be no independent Kuwait, and oil would now be over six dollars a gallon, since the US does not fight nuclear powers. That is a best case scenario.
America’s death wish, manifest by Reagan and Carter allowing Pakistan to go nuke, Reagan allowing Iraq to go nuke, Bush allowing Syria to go nuke, and Obama allowing Iran to go nuke, will soon come to fruition. A nuclear Iran is going to make this world a very terrible place to live in. However, by the time America realizes this, it will be too late.
is the same warrior against Ryan Gosling's 21st century Kristallnacht who represents Sarah Deming.
In 2010, Martin H. Leaf was censored by the editors of Commonweal Magazine for writing that wake-up call to America, just as, he warned, Hamas censors and murders Israelis. One can only pray that the circuit court of Oakland County Michigan won't join the scoffers and mockers who have silenced this man in the past.
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