Michael Bay Takes on '13 Hours' Benghazi Critics...
Michael Bay recently addressed critics of "13 Hours," (his Benghazi movie) on the O'Reilly Factor...
Also, a sneak peek at the trailer to his next film...
I regret nothing.
Seriously though, there has been criticism from the left - mainly because they're the ones who have been lying shamelessly about Benghazi for the past eight years - that "13 Hours" politicizes Benghazi and just repeats right wing talking points. The criticism usually comes from people who support funding for "fat lesbian studies" over the Benghazi investigation in the first place, but still.
Here's what the director had to say
“No, we did not. We were just saying the facts. Here’s the thing. The politics got in the way of this great human story that happened. And this is really to honor these type of men who do this every day, who put themselves in harms way — that’s what this movie is about.”
But what about Islamophobia and the terrible way the move depicts Muslims while they were killing people?
“Well, they attacked. They attacked. This is the way I was told. This was the way it was written by the five guys on the ground.”
Now, I did see 13 hours. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. The truth is, like nearly all Michael Bay films, it was a so-so action film. It definitely wasn't as off the-mark as Pearl Harbour or unwatchable as Transformers two through four, but I wouldn't put it on anyone's "must see" list anytime soon.
As far as the criticisms, well, I understand where Bay is coming from. He's a filmmaker. His job is not to indict Hillary Clinton. If he gave this film any kind of a storyline, it would inherently damage the Clinton legacy and the film would have likely never been made. I get it. He's gotta make those dollar-dollar-bills y'all. Even so, the film certainly wasn't flattering of the administration's handling of Benghazi (for the very few seconds that portion of the story was even included). So while there's no reason to be mad about the film, I will say this. If somebody went into "13 Hours" with no understanding of what went down in Benghazi... they would still leave "13 Hours" with no understanding of Benghazi.
But that's not the point of the film. It's never been the point of Michael Bay's films. His films have alway been "pew pew bam bam!" action films with a little bit of eye candy thrown in. So while Conservatives are somewhat upset that the film didn't illuminate the situation of Benghazi enough, leftists are that much more angry because they know that the mere mention of Benghazi is bad news for their golden
cow, girl, Hillary.
I say, just accept the film for what it is. An okay action film.
For more on the initial attack, please see #BENGHAZI: Everything You Need to Know About the Attack and its Aftermath and The Single Most Brutal Benghazi Questioning You’ll Ever See. Of course, most young Americans know nothing, and I mean nothing about Benghazi. Watch the video Andrew Klavan and I put together below.