It’s that time of year again — when all the 9/11 Munchausen-by-proxy sufferers come rushing to the fore to claim their personal ownership in the franchise of tragedy. And what better way to honor these morbidly histrionic leeches than with a documentary dedicated to the King of 9/11 Exploitation, Rudy Giuliani?
Giuliani’s 9/11 is basically a lengthy on camera interview with Giuliani about his actions, reasoning and feelings, as he learned about the planes flying in to the World Trade Center Towers and realized that America and his city were under attack.
As the title indicates, this documentary represents Giuliani’s point of view, and doesn’t delve into investigations about events leading up to the attacks nor is it a critical evaluation of the short and long-term response to the tragedy. It does, however, reveal the way in which Giuliani, unquestionably the man in charge, rose to cope with the extreme pressures and challenges that elevated him, in the public eye, to the stature of national hero.
Oh, fabulous, more 9/11 porn, timed perfectly to coincide with the rise of American Islamophobia. If there is one thing this country could do without — barring the next Michael Bay “Transformers” movie or Willow Palin on “Project Runway” — is a “documentary” that spends precious pixels capturing Rudy Giuliani’s sibilant exegisis on how he spent September 11, 2001. Rudy Giuliani expounding on how he saved America on 9/11? How novel! I can’t believe no one has ever thought to talk to Rudy Giuliani on camera about the manner in which events unfolded on that fateful day.
At this point, nine years later, do we honestly need to “investigate” Giuliani’s response to the attacks? Hasn’t this particular subject been beaten into a grisly, Peckinpah-esque pulp by the media and 9/11 fetishists who use the event as their gold standard of American exceptional victimhood?
Somebody wake me when this country, stubbornly wallowing in a juvenile morass of self-pity, finally moves past these initial stages of grief and accept that we are in this world, not just of it. When do we stop treating the World Trade Center site as an excuse for the glorification of anti-American behavior and as the target for hate speech?
“Rudy Giuliani Day”. Trust me. If this country stays on its present emotional course, it’s only a matter of time.