Saturday, April 01, 2006

Charlie Sheen - A Conspiracy To Make Him Look Stupid?

By now we are all aware that Charlie Sheen, after careful examination and thoughtful analysis of the archive footage, has declared that the attacks on 9/11 were a pre-planned part of a grand conspiracy played upon a hapless American population...after all, it says so on the internet!
But I bet you didn't know that Charlie has been closely studying, well, various interesting kinds of videos for years, and running to the authorities with proof of all types of henious crimes! Let's call the following caper "Charlie and the Samuri's Sword" (cue Scooby-Doo music!):

Early in 1991, a film of Asian origin rumored to contain actual snuff footage came into the possession of actor Charlie Sheen. Sheen turned it over to the FBI, quite convinced he'd stumbled onto the real thing, and heartily sickened by what he'd seen.
The film in question was Flower of Flesh and Blood, part of a series of films collectively known as "Guinea Pig." Some of the "Guinea Pig" films have at least temporarily fooled the authorities, fueling news stories about the unearthing of snuff films. It's no wonder either; the special effects are very cleverly executed. Flower of Flesh and Blood is the episode which stirs much of the controversy. It features a samurai torturing, then dismembering a captive girl until she eventually expires in front of the cameras.

It wasn't real. According to The San Francisco Chronicle:

"The FBI confiscated Sheen's tape and proceeded to investigate all involved, including Charles Balun, an early distributor of the film. Balun fiercely asserted that the film was a hoax and was merely a series of startling special effects. Propitiously, the Japanese took this time to release 'Guinea Pig Two: The Making of Guinea Pig One,' revealing the technical sleight of hand in all its bone-cracking glory. After viewing this film, the FBI backed off and dropped the investigation."

In a stunning display of bad taste, this film was shown on San Francisco's public access channel in October 1996. [but still no cartoon Muhammeds! - ed.]

I think the people who are championing Charlie's Sheen involvement in "uncovering what really happened on 9/11" ought to think twice about their new hero...

Big thanks to Daimian Penny for this story!


Biranta said...

Charlie Sheen is right!

Anonymous said...

expend less time pointing out Charlie Sheen's faults and more time trying to answer the questions posed by 9/11. Attacking the messenger not the message is poor argument.