"The strongest words, however, have come from Richard Grenier, film critic for Commentary'. Not satisfied with simply attacking the movie and the man, Grenier in a March article for the magazine went on to vilify all of India, all of Hinduism, and then to flail at a target closer to home, and close to the hearts of his fellow neoconservatives: American liberals. [...]
Grenier's review wasn't a critique so much as it was an epileptic seizure. The virulence of Richard Grenier's attack on the film and even the people of India seemed to know no bounds.
What's all this stuff about non-violence ?
"Hindus, " says Grenier, "are among the most bestially violent people on the globe."
What's all this stuff about Gandhi as a saint ?
He "was a man of the most extreme autocratic temperament, tyrannical, unyielding, even regarding things he knew nothing about, totally intolerant of all opinions but his own."
He "retained an obvious obsession with excreta." He dwelled in a "permanent state of semen anxiety."
"Gandhi", says Grenier, "believed in a religion whose ideas I find somewhat repugnant." Grenier continues at this moderate pitch for his entire review.
It is tempting to perform a point-by-point exegesis of the distortions, digresssions, and deletions that characterize this review, but a few examples will have to suffice. " [Jason DeParle, Washington Monthly, 1983]
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