dd January 29th, 2007
As I blogged about recently, I’m a “24″ addict. But, a piece in today’s Examiner, of all places, made me think about the story line’s effects on the American Muslim community. This year’s story focuses on Islamic terrorists who have already launched a nuclear suitcase bomb in L.A. with plans to blow up four more. Looking2live has already pointed out her discomfort with this in a comment on my post.
The image of Muslims in this country is already pretty poor and innocent, patriotic Muslim citizens suffer from it. Doesn’t “24″ reinforce these negative stereotypes for the non-discriminating non- Muslim Americans amongst us?
As the Examiner reported today,
Sohail Mohammed (pictured here), a New Jersey immigration lawyer … watched the episode depicting the nuclear attack. ‘I was shocked,’ he said. ‘Somewhere, some lunatic out there watching this will do something to an innocent American Muslim because he believes what he saw on TV.’
Now, it is true that one of the show’s good guys this year is a Muslim former terrorist who has seen the error of his ways. But, is this enough to counter the rest of the storyline? I doubt it.
And, this issue goes beyond our borders. America is already viewed with great suspicion in the Muslim world. “24″ isn’t helping.
Jews are painfully aware of how slippery a slope this type of negative stereotyping can be. As a Jew, I try to be vigilant about protecting the rights of other minorities. But, as a “24″ watcher, am I part of the problem?