'Film Lovers' video draws fire from conservatives
“Too sexy” is rarely a criticism leveled at the European Commission, but a 44-second promo clip for European cinema posted on YouTube by the Brussels-based political body has conservative pols’ knickers in a twist.
The clip, titled “Film Lovers Will Love This,” shows 18 couples from celebrated Euro movies engaging in steamy sex scenes with the provocative slogan “Let’s come together.”
“I suppose this film is appropriate. The EU has been screwing Britain for the past 30 years,” sniped Godfrey Bloom, an MEP for the Eurosceptic U.K. Independence Party. He describes the short as “cheap, tawdry and tacky.”
Reacting to the fact that two of the couples having sex are homosexual, Polish EU lawmaker Macjej Giertych accused the Commission of “immoral methods” of promotion.
Posted June 15, “Film Lovers” has attracted a whopping 1,354,538 views; by comparison, vids on European winemaking and road safety have attracted a measly 421 and 131 views, respectively.
The racy clips are taken from pics including Pedro Almodovar‘s “Bad Education,” Lars von Trier‘s “Breaking the Waves,” Wolfgang Becker‘s “Goodbye Lenin!” and Audrey Tautou starrer “Amelie.” All the pics were supported by the EU’s MEDIA Program, which fosters the circulation of films in other EU countries.