The Writers Guild Foundation and Muslims on Screen & Television Resource Center (MOST) welcomed influential film and television creators to the 3rd annual Hollywood Iftar. “….. tell stories about Muslims that are beyond the stereotypical stories of terrorists and so forth because Islam is dynamic and diverse and there are so many interesting stories besides that.”
Bullies and their bitches.
I have yet to see Muslim terrorists in any movies. Russian terrorists, Serbian too, but never Muslim. The whole of Western civilization has been upended by Islamic jihad and yet the culture is silent on the subject, or worse, complicit. It’s glaring. Crime series provide the best example. The Brits are famous for their crime television programs. And yet despite the fact the country is plagued with jihad attacks weekly, sometimes daily, the only Muslims depicted in their shows are always victims of ….. islamophobia. Their criminals, the killers are motivated by the most outlandish, inane impulses. Christianity is not off limits – demonic priests and satanic cults are a big favorite. Jews, when portrayed, are creepy and always wearing the rare peyas (sidelocks). But never Islam. Only if they wish to portray Muslims as falsely accused.
The culture community is suffering from a form of collective Stockholm Syndrome.
Like the Nazis, the stealth jihad group, MPAC has a Hollywood Bureau. MPAC, has long worked to promote positive portrayals of Islam and Muslims in movies and television programs. Shortly after 9/11, the organization established its own Hollywood Bureau for this purpose. Since then, MPAC has consulted with the producers of such TV shows as “24,” ”Bones,” ”Lie to Me,” ”7th Heaven,” ”Saving Grace” and “Aliens in America.” The organization also has held meetings with top network executives from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, and organizes a Muslim-inspired version of a Hollywood awards show each year for productions that advance the public’s understanding of Islam. In 2009, for instance, this event recognized “The Simpsons,” for an episode that featured young Bart befriending a Muslim boy named Bashir. In early 2011, MPAC announced that it would soon be hosting a series of workshops — taught by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated veterans of the entertainment industry — to further promote more positive images of Muslims in film and television”
Terror-tied CAIR’s influence is vast, and growing all the time. It 2014 they got ABC Family to drop its projected show Alice In Arabia, solely because it contained some dramatization of the all-too-common phenomenon of child kidnapping by Muslim relatives. For years now, they have prevailed upon Hollywood to downplay or even change the identity of celluloid villains, so that Muslims are never portrayed negatively in films (it was behind the Muslim terrorists in the novel The Sum of All Fears becoming neo-Nazis in the movie).
What gives folks a negative impact are the daily acts of jihad across the world and the daily news reports of American Muslims caught plotting to wage jihad here or abroad. There is nothing in the media or the culture, that would give Americans a “negative impact.”
Muslim Hollywood Event Warns Against Showing Muslim Terrorists
Hollywood can only tell two types of stories about Muslims. Stories about terrorism or Islamophobia. Ever since 9/11, there have been a plethora of stories covering Islamophobia and few depictions of Islamic terrorism outside 24. And one or two movies. But the pressure to stop depicting what has been going on for decades, and what is still happening, is still underway in the most anti-American industry in America.
On Wednesday night the Writers Guild Foundation and Muslims on Screen & Television Resource Center (MOST) welcomed influential film and television creators to the 3rd annual Hollywood Iftar.
The London Hotel in West Hollywood played host to the event, a collaboration between the Writers Guild Foundation, Muslims on Screen & Television Resource Center and Unity Productions Foundation.
Greg Daniels, showrunner of The Office and Parks and Recreation, says he first experienced the Hollywood Iftar a couple of years ago, after attending a master class with Arab TV writers in Abu Dhabi.
He says he strongly believes in the need for television writers to familiarize themselves with different cultures. “I think it’s important for all writers to learn about as much as they can just to have their writing reflect the world accurately,” Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter before alluding to the current political climate. “I also think it’s important to show solidarity with minority communities, especially now.”
As usual, Greg is unintentionally funny.
Joy Gregory, the co-executive producer of Madame Secretary, consulted with MOST on a few episodes of her show, including a storyline about an iftar at the State Department. She believes events like the Hollywood Iftar both enable her to create well-rounded Muslim characters and widen her own world view.
“[This iftar] is enriching on a personal level too, because you realize how few opportunities there are in our sort of narrowly prescribed lives in this sprawling metropolis to interact with a lot of the cultures in the city, but particularly the Muslim culture,” Gregory told THR. “So, I love the spirit of this event, the encouragement to observe the prayer ritual, to ask questions and strike up new conversations. I just think it’s exactly the spirit that we need in this country right now.”
The spirit we need is to pray for the subjugation of non-Muslims?
Moss spoke with THR on how the organization has given him a greater awareness of not just Islam but all underrepresented communities he portrays on his shows: “We try to provide resources for Hollywood writers, mainly on television programs, to help them tell stories about Muslims that are beyond the stereotypical stories of terrorists and so forth because Islam is dynamic and diverse and there are so many interesting stories besides that.”
After the fast was broken guests were treated to a buffet and encouraged to ask any questions they had about Islam. Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, now co-director of MOST, delivered the evening’s closing remarks by referencing the power of film and television to fight the country’s growing Islamophobia.
Cynthia Schneider works at Georgetown, a hub of foreign Islamic transactionalism, and has been a Senior Non Resident Fellow within Brookings’ Center for Middle East Policy.
That’s another way of spelling Qatar which backs the Muslim Brotherhood and controls Al Jazeera.
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