The Promise, a $100 million movie starring Christian Bale, has already received over 60,000 one-star reviews on IMDb, despite the fact that it has only been screened one time ever. An army of nationalist Muslim trolls from Turkey, desperate to suppress the period of history shown in the film, that shows Muslims for the savages that they really are, allegedly are to blame.
HeatStreet The Promise is set in a harrowing period of Turkish history during the First World War, in which the Ottoman Empire slaughtered 1.5m Armenians. This is referred to by many as the Armenian Genocide, or the “Armenian (Christian) Holocaust” by Turkish Muslims.
The movie isn’t actually out yet, and has only been shown to around 900 people at a single screening at the Toronto Film Festival.
But that hasn’t stopped it amassing an overwhelming quantity of online downvotes from people who can’t possible have seen it. Movie producers are accusing an internet army of Turkish genocide deniers of being responsible for their 1.8 star rating out of 10.
The Armenian Genocide refers to the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Turkish Muslim Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between one and one and a half million. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including Assyrians and Greeks, and some scholars consider those events to be part of the same policy of extermination.