Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Animation Producer Gets Ugly Slurs - Iraq War


By Matthew Rothschild
April 24, 2006

Ava Lowery is a fifteen-year-old who lives in Alabama. She calls herself a peace activist, and for the past year, she’s been producing her own short animations on her website, All in all, she’s made about seventy of them, she says, and most of them oppose Bush and his Iraq War.

“I was just so mad about it,” she explains. “And the media are not showing the real images of the war, so I did a lot research and started my own website.”

She submitted one of her latest creations, “WWJD,” to the monthly “contagious” contest that is running. (It’s an open contest that ranks the number of viewers for each submission.)

“WWJD” (“What Would Jesus Do”) is a powerful animation that features a soundtrack of a child singing “Jesus loves me, this I know” while one picture after another of a wounded, bloody, or screaming Iraqi child fills the screen.

“The object of the animation,” says Lowery, is “to get the following point across: Jesus loves Iraqis, too.”

Lowery ends the video with quotations from Beatitudes, including, “Blessed are they who mourn” and “Blessed are the meek” and “Blessed are the merciful” and “Blessed are the peacemakers.”

She says she’s received a lot of positive feedback in short messages back to her site. And she understands that the fact that “people are on the web, and they just let loose.” But she was unprepared for the viciousness of the negative feedback—especially the ugly sexual slurs similar to those that Cindy Sheehan has faced. (If you can’t stand foul language, stop reading now.)

“It’s people like you who need to fucking die and get raped while your corpse rots in the sun,” said one e-mail Lowery shared with me. “Fuck you, I would jack off on your parents if I could. If you don’t like the team, get out of the park. That means take ur small dick and get the fuck off of my homeland you faggot chocolate gulper.”

“You are a TRAITOR to your country and should be executed for treason,” another one said. “All you do is bitch about the US. If you hate it so much, why don’t you GET THE FUCK OUT.”

“Why don’t you go masterbate [sic] to a pic of Sheehan and fuck off,” said a third.

“Are you a muslem [sic] terrorist?” asked another.

She says there was a threat against her that was circulating “on the conservative underground.” And she says she received one e-mail from someone who said, “Contact me ASAP. It concerns a danger to your life.”

When her mom called the number, the person who answered denied any knowledge of the threat, Lowery says.

She adds: “I was really weirded out by it.”

Watch the animation. Visit Ava's site. Spread the link.

Hat tip to
Mark From Ireland

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At 8:05 PM, Blogger Oleh Yahshan said...

Having nothing to do with what I think of Bush or the war in Iraq. I think this kind of stuff is disgusting.

People have a hard time being civilized. No matter who they are. The real sad thing is that these A** Holes are everywhere, and do not hold one opinion, idea, religion ETC. They should be weeded out of normal society.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Sophia said...

I found the animation powerful because:
Mainstream media were trying - and still- to hide this kind of stuff, so to please Bush and their rulers who went to war and not to appear as unpatriotic. Note here that these same media underreport also Palestinian children killing by the IDF when compared to the killing of children on the Israeli side.
The animation takes the religious message of christianity as a commentary to the pictures and therefore alludes to the perversion of this message by Bush as claimed in the introduction.

As for the smearing, Bush's supporters and the american christian right who supported this war are professional smearers and this is how they won or stole the election twice for Bush. They should be angry and mad because someone is showing the message of Jesus outside their own interpretation of the religion and in this sense they are no different from Bin Laden.

Thank you for posting the animation, Coming just after your post on the Holocaust commemoration, it acquires an additional dimension, not that what is going in Iraq is similar to what happened to jews in concentration camps. The common features I can see now to these tragedies is that they are hidden and silent tragedies, intentionally or not, nobody is actually doing anything to stop the tragedy in Iraq. It takes a lot of courage to talk about the Iraqi tragedy as it must have taken a lot of courage from people during WWII to talk publicly about the tragedy of jews.

At 11:10 AM, Blogger Richard said...

You beat me to it on this topic, Gert. Nonetheless, I'm glad you gave it extra airing. It says a lot about Americans.

One could ask, completely without tongue in cheek: Why do so many Americans hate so many Americans? One has to wonder how much this kind of hatred, for one's own, has to do with a lot guilty conciences.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

I couldn't watch all of the animation, but I got the idea and it's powerful.


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