‘Mockumentary’ on ‘fake news’: A mockumentary about fake news film’s title
Boca Raton, Fla.
— A mockumentarian on “Mockdocumentary” said Wednesday he will sue the U.S. government for its decision to label the film as a “hate propaganda” film.
“We have decided that this film will not be deemed as a ‘hate propaganda’ film, and we are not going to allow the government to use it as such,” Josh Pyle, the president of the conservative watchdog group Media Matters for America, said in a statement.
“This is about a real and pressing problem that we see around the world, and this film doesn’t go far enough.”
Pyle’s statement came after the government said it was taking action against the film, which depicts a group of young people who wear masks and act out violent protests in an attempt to stop an American government shutdown.
The film was directed by Josh Fox and includes a clip from a protest staged in a New Jersey mosque that drew national media attention in March.
It has been viewed more than 5.5 million times on YouTube.
The White House on Tuesday criticized the film for portraying the Muslim community as a violent and violent group that “does not deserve to be celebrated.”
The government’s decision to classify the film “hate propagandists” was “a major blow to the rights of our communities and our freedoms,” Pyle said.
Fox has said that the government’s use of the term “hate” is a thinly veiled reference to the Muslim faith, which it says is at odds with American values of pluralism and tolerance.
Pyle and Media Matters have filed a lawsuit against the government, the National Park Service, the State Department and other officials over the government classification of the film.
Fox said in the statement that his film, “Mockedumentary,” is not intended to incite violence, and that he was pleased with the decision to block the film’s release.
In a statement released Tuesday, the White House said the administration “remains committed to supporting and advancing civil liberties.”
“The White House remains committed to encouraging free expression and freedom of speech on a broad spectrum,” the statement said.
“As part of that commitment, we have blocked the release of the ‘Mocked’ documentary, and continue to stand up to attempts to stifle freedom of expression by groups who oppose free speech.”
Fox’s film was scheduled to be shown at a festival in Chicago later this month.