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Michael Bay’s new film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, has caused quite a stir among Libyans.
The recently released trailer has caused Libyan government officials and bloggers to harshly criticize the film.
It depicts a six-man US security team fighting for the lives of 36 Americans against insurgents in Benghazi.
Omar Gawaari, Libya’s culture and information minister, told the Associated Press that the movie portrays the US contractors who were unable to secure the ambassador “as heroes.”
Omar said that Michael Bay made “America’s failure to protect its own citizens in a fragile state into a typical action movie all about American heroism.”
Salah Belnaba, a spokesperson for Libya’s foreign ministry, criticized the film for portraying Libyans as “fanatical and ignorant.”
One Libyan blogger wrote, “It seems that this entire movie boils down to the spoiled bickering of Americans as they grapple for power…a beautiful city, my city, is reduced to so much hyperbole in a debate that lost relevance long ago.”
The release of 13 Hours comes just two weeks prior to the Iowa caucuses and may also prove unfortunate timing for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi will be in theaters January 15.