Protesters angered by the latest Adam Sandler film have stormed the US Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, demanding two hours of their lives back.
After cornering diplomatic staff, a group held aloft a copy of Sandler’s straight-to-DVD movie That’s My Boy before setting it alight and trashing the premises.
Police had earlier fired warning shots to disperse thousands of protesters as they tore up their Blockbuster membership cards and subscriptions to LoveFilm.
“Oh Adam, you are capable of so much more than this!” protesters chanted.
“This is not a patch on your earlier work” cried another.
Yemen is home to Al-Qaeda’s Adam Sandler’s Appreciation Society, which split into factions after the 2011 release of Just Go With It, a romantic comedy in which Sandler does acting with Jennifer Aniston.
Extremists panned the movie claiming the couple lacked on-screen chemistry and that it should have had a lot more knob-jokes.
Sandler Yemeni controversy
Sandler’s latest release has further divided opinion in the Arab world, with several influential clerics giving it a meagre two stars on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.
Hardliners are believed to be behind the latest attacks and take their cue from leading critic Ali Al Kermodi who slated That’s My Boy as ‘puerile, mean-spirited and hardly worth the £2.50 rental fee’.
Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi has slammed the attacks against Sandler, while praising 2009 film Funny People in which Sandler employs great subtlety to play George Simmons, a stand-up comedian diagnosed with a terminal illness.
However, Morsi pulled back from a full endorsement of Sandler, insisting he had failed to understand the film’s ending.
The government announced on Tuesday that al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader in Yemen was killed by laughter after watching Meet The Fokkers starring Ben Stiller, a major blow to the terror network.