Dutch TV show finds Osama bin Laden not guilty

Talk about pushing buttons, did a Dutch TV series really find Osama bin Laden not guilty of the Sept. 11 attacks? Yes, according to a piece in the Hollywood Reporter about the show Devil’s Advocate, which has a defense attorney represent the "world’s worst criminals" to a jury and, get this, "a studio audience." It’s hard not to marvel at how baldly offensive and controversial TV in the Netherlands seems willing to be. This was the country, after all, that created Big Brother, a reality show that the U.S. and many other nations soon adopted. Could TV juries be far behind? Would you watch if international criminals were tried on TV by a studio audience? Is that a step too far for reality TV in this country, or would it no doubt be a success?

Please note: This clip from the show contains some sensational images from Sept. 11 that some viewers may find disturbing.

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  • Ceballos

    This brings to mind the great quote from noted scholar Nigel Powers:
    “There are only two things I can’t stand in this world: people who are intolerant of other people’s cultures… and the Dutch.

  • joesmom

    Not surprising. The Dutch have been kissing up to Islam for awhile now. Just a matter of time before they become a Muslim nation.

  • Mieke

    Seriously in stead of saying the dutch, couldn’t you say Holland, cause that’s where the show is from…

  • stoutemeid

    Seriously, Mieke, the name of the country is Nederland (The Netherlands), not Holland. Holland refers only to two provinces, Nord en Zuid Holland, albeit the most heavily populated provinces. I did think it strange that EW.com posted this without subtitles for a largely American audience. I could understand it, but I would imagine not too many other readers could.

  • peter

    I heard osama bin laden poops his pants whenever he watches dutch TV!

  • Jorge

    Let’s keep in mind that America did not attack the country where most of the hijackers came from, but instead attacked Iraq — a country whose leader was an enemy of Osama Bin Laden.
    Besides, since it has been proven again and again that America acted on wrong intelligence, why should anyone believe any claims made by the US government?

  • Simon

    The FBI page on bin Laden doesn’t mention 9/11. Go look it up. The connection is just a convenient myth to keep people focused on simple ideas like ‘good’ and ‘evil’. The current administration needs to be pressed to be a little more forthcoming than the previous one, with something called uh “truth”.

  • LaLa

    Hey Cellabos, I don’t think you quite understand that quote. Maybe you should read it again but this time with your brain turned on.

  • LaLa

    And another thing, EW is best to remove this article from it’s website. You might find Dutch TV offensive, but I, and a lot of people with me, would say this article is offensive to the Dutch. If you can’t offend muslims, you can’t offend the Dutch either.

  • bofors

    There is more than enough evidence for smart people to conclude beyond any doubt that 9/11 was staged by the US government:
    AE911Truth (dot) org
    911blogger (dot) com
    911Truth (dot) org

  • Stephanie T.

    You right Lala, it is offensive, but no matter how many times the Dutch legal system dices and slices this, the fact is that when some idiot brainwashes a person to the extent in which a murder (in this case murders)is committed, said person in held accountable. Osama is an accessory to murder. I am sorry but it is the truth.

  • Ceballos

    …and a joke sails right over the head of another person who takes herself WAY too seriously…oh well.

  • Stephanie T.

    Austin Powers in Goldmember, released June,2002. It’s funny as hell.

  • Ceballos

    Stephanie T.
    I hope you didn’t think I was referring to you in my last post. I was referring to the person who called me out by name (and misspelled it).

  • Ceballos

    …now that I think on it, I suppose LaLa isn’t necessarily a female handle…my bad.

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