Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes | E. Nina Rothe

February 26, 2015 12:16 PM

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In his book titled Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People, author, film historian and critic Jack G. Shaheen analyzes the negative impact of Hollywood's cinematic stereotypes. He bases his writing on a study of more than 900 films through which, he writes, "... moviegoers are led to believe that all Arabs are Muslims and all Muslims are Arabs." He continues that, "the moviemakers' distorted lenses have shown Arabs as heartless, brutal, uncivilized, religious fanatics through common depictions of Arabs kidnapping or raping a fair maiden; expressing hatred against the Jews and Christians; and demonstrating a love for wealth and power." Thus concluding that, "only five percent of Arab film roles depict normal, human characters."

Unfortunately, it's not only Western audiences that have grown to believe these absurd stereotypes, but the Arab world has started down a path that now seems hell bent on destruction. If we follow ISIS, they'll gladly lead us to a showdown at the Apocalypse.

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