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What’s Wrong With Charlie Wilson’s War, According To Melissa Roddy

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Producer Melissa Roddy isn’t happy about parts of Charlie Wilson’s War, and has made a short outlining what she deems misinformation:

In the latter half of the movie, there is one big lie and one item of anti-Afghan propaganda. The lie is that U.S. support to the mujahiddin went only to the faction led by Ahmad Shah Massoud, the Afghan leader who was assassinated on Sept. 9, 2001.

In the same scene in the movie as the misinformation about Massoud is a propagandistic joke deeply offensive to Afghans. This joke (coupled with the Massoud “inaccuracy”) is the reason that the Afghan Embassy is boycotting Charlie Wilson’s War.

The joke is: “When a Tajik man wants to make love to a woman, his first choice is a Pashtun man.”

Is Julia Robert’s wig considered misinformation, as well?

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