Hollywood films

09-27-09 See good when confronting bad in Hollywood films

Hollywood has churned out an almost endless chum of films filled with anti-Arab and anti-Muslim stereotypes that reflect an exaggerated dramatic theme rather than a reality. It also reflects the stereotypical hatred and dislike that some conservatives, partisan political and religious groups, and others have towards Arabs. But we need to also recognize that as this changes to be more balanced, some of the criticism that we knee-jerk cast as hate is really a reflection of problems that do exist in the Arab and Muslim world today. We have our share of extremists. Let’s not pretend they don’t exist but let’s change the Hollywood and TV industry’s cynical and hate-driven segments that insist on casting all Arabs and Muslims as villains. There is an middle ground evolving and we Arabs and Muslims should be the first to recognize it.