Former Canadian Ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor and some other Canadians, apparently had their feelings hurt by Argo because it made (in their view) Canada look like just an observer to the US actions that took place in Iran. After the Academy Awards speech by Ben Affleck, in which he mentioned Canada, they were mollified.
Imam Abdullah Antepli, the Muslim Chaplain at Duke University takes umbrage with Argo. He says, “Argo” demonstrates how out of touch we are with crucial global realities.” He is apparently upset that the Iranian side of the story is not presented. He goes on to say, “This kind of self-glorifying distortion of history can no longer go unnoticed or unpunished.” Unpunished? Isn’t that just a little over the top?
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, was outraged that scenes from Zero Dark Thirty seemed to shout out the CIA is using “enhanced interrogations” to get information on the whereabouts of OBL. The Senate Intelligence Committee (is that an oxymoron?), which she chairs decided to investigate the connection between the director, Kathryn Bigelow and the CIA. The committee dropped the investigation right after the Academy Awards.
Critics of both films said the events depicted were insulting to America and far from the truth. Some feel that movies like this that depict “altered reality” are irresponsible because many viewers do not know the actual events and may think what happens in the movie it true.
Sure, look at E.T. and Planet of the Apes and Die Hard. What do you mean altered reality?