A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Please, NO: You Can't Make This Stuff Up Department

Sometimes the news just doesn't really need any comment at all. Yesterday's Haaretz had a story headlined "Is Britney Spears Set to Star in a Holocaust Movie?" That should have been punchline enough, but read the opening paragraphs:
Is American mega pop star Britney Spears set to return to the big screen, seven years after starring in the box office flop Crossroads? According to reports, Spears has been offered a part in the upcoming Holocaust film The Yellow Star of Sophia and Eton, which integrates time travel, concentration camps and a love story.

If she accepts the role, Spears will be taking on the title role of Sophia LaMont, a woman who invents a time machine and succeeds in traveling to the time of the Second World War. According to the script, LaMont ends up at a concentration camp and falls in love with a Jewish prisoner named Eton. However, the budding love story is cut short when both are killed by the Nazis.

O....kay. Sounds Oscar worthy to me. Actually, you lost me at time travel. As Dave Barry used to say, I'm not making this up.

I suppose this is only marginally a Middle East post, but it did appear in an Israeli newspaper.

No comments: