One of the oddest made up controversies arose recently because of a note in New York Magazine that accused “Lawrence of Arabia,” the classic early 1960s film that made both Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif movie stars, is sexist. The slam seems to be motivated by a conspicuous lack of female characters in the film.

To be sure the film depicts the adventures of a decidedly eccentric British officer, T.E. Lawrence, in the Middle East during World War One. Neither the British Army nor the Arab Bedouin tribes whom Lawrence led into battle had too many prominent females.

The idea that “Lawrence of Arabia” is sexist has already caused a lot of mockery in social media. One delicious tongue in cheek idea is to do an all-female remake, using the cast of the recently failed “Ghostbusters” movie. Tammy Lawrence and Princess Faisal anyone?

Actually, a movie that depicts the life of one woman who was operating as a spy in the Middle East, “Queen of the Desert,” has been produced. The woman’s name was Gertrude Bell and was played by Nicole Kidman. Robert Pattinson, best known as Edward the Vampire from the “Twilight” Movies makes an appearance as Lawrence.

The movie had a slightly lower budget than did “Lawrence of Arabia” and was not widely released.

The sad fact is that one likely could not do a remake of “Lawrence of Arabia” without including a token woman character. If not Ms. Bell, perhaps a fictional spunky archeologist-adventurer. The character would be sort of like the one played by Rachel Weisz in “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.” Come to think of it, why not have Lawrence fight mummies and big bugs along with the Ottoman Turks, the mercurial Arabs, the European imperialists, and his personal demons?

“No one knows the real story of Lawrence of Arabia and how he saved the world from eternal darkness – until now.”

Don’t think some studio executive hasn’t thought of it. If not, whoever reads this in the entertainment industry should pay this writer handsomely for the idea along with a speaking part in the movie. A cross between the John Rhys Davies Salah character from the Indiana Jones films and Anthony Quinn’s desert bandit chief from the original, sexist movie would be perfect.

The comedy relief possibilities are endless.

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