Monday, August 20, 2007

Stereotyping

According to Casualty sources, senior BBC drama executives had supported starting the new series with a two-part special in which a young Muslim runs into a bus station and blows himself up.

But the plotline was blocked by guideline staff, who oversee the corporation's editorial and ethical standards. They were said to have been worried that the episode would perpetuate the stereotype of young British Muslims.



You do have to wonder what mental interiors these people have got and whether they're in fact bigger racists/"islamophobes" than the evil Righties. What's in the brain of a person who believes that the stereotypical young British Muslim is a suicide bomber ?

3 comments:

verity said...

In the West, we have a free market in stereotypes. Our entire TV industry is based on it. Make yourself into a stereotype, and next thing you know, there's a TV series based around your lifestyle. That's how Baywatch and Friends got started.

Islamics should bear this in mind. Bring yourself to the attention of the TV-watching public, get a TV series based around your life that you may not like.

Anonymous said...

verity.
Who needs stereotyping, - - it's a fact, just drive around a bit, and look.

Zeppo said...

The BBC could make a program challenging the supposed stereotype.

Let's imagine a plot wherein a jihadist group plots a bombing. Details of the scheme become know to members of the "moderate" Muslim community, who subsequently do two things: first they publically rebuke those who cry Islamophobia, denying that such a thing is mainstream, and comparing the west favourably with their ancestoral countries; second they hand over the conspirators to the police.

Just think of the power this drama will have. By putting the argument against Islamophobia into the mouths of actors playing moderate Muslims, it will empower the silent Muslim "majority" to speak up for decency and tolerance in real life. It will show them they are not isolated but are the majority. Second it will reassure the non-Muslim community that moderate Muslims do recognise the evils of Islamism, recognise the ridiculousness of their arguments, and are prepared to stand with non-Muslims rather than their co-religionists.

I think it's a winner and am sure the BBC will leap at the opportunity to turn my idea into a program!