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Maybe America Could Use a Muslim Sitcom After All?
David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | January 28, 2011 | Calvin Freiburger

Posted on 01/28/2011 12:00:11 PM PST by Walter Scott Hudson

Remember Katie Couric's insipid suggestion that Americans needed a Muslim version of The Cosby Show to help us get over our seething Islamophobia? It earned derision in the blogosphere for its condescending view of the country as a hive of bigotry and its refusal to give the Islamic world any share of the blame for Islamic image problems, but PopEater reports that the idea is picking up steam among Muslims in the television industry:

"We want to see a typical Arab-American family that is just like every other family in America," said Arab-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, who has developed a pilot for Comedy Central. "Television has had the ability to demonize Muslims and Arabs, but we realize that it also has the ability to humanize us."

Couric's suggestion might not be as radical or as far off as her critics decried. In fact, Muslim-American writers say that broadcast and cable networks are starting to be more receptive to scripts prominently featuring both Arabs and practitioners of Islam. A decade-removed from the September 11th terrorist attacks, television may finally be ready to portray Muslim-Americans as more than terrorists and taxi cab drivers.

"Hollywood would definitely embrace a Muslim 'Cosby Show' with one caveat: It would have to be really good. It's the one factor that has linked shows about minorities like the 'Cosby Show' or even 'Will & Grace.' Currently, I believe Americans are open to any minority as long as the show speaks to universal human truths and makes them laugh," said Muslim-American Hollywood television and movie producer Tariq Jalil, the executive producer of the comedy 'Marmaduke.' [Emphasis added.]


(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...


TOPICS: Politics; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cosbyshow; islam; katiecouric; katietheclown; muslims; perkypig

1 posted on 01/28/2011 12:00:15 PM PST by Walter Scott Hudson
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
COURIC SHOW
2 posted on 01/28/2011 12:02:29 PM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

“I Dream of Jihad” starring Barbara Blowmeup.


3 posted on 01/28/2011 12:03:36 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Will they be showing woman beatings and killings, killing the kids and other sorts of brutality? Rape and piloging maybe!


4 posted on 01/28/2011 12:03:36 PM PST by JEC ((Pray for ALL our troops))
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
"We want to see a typical Arab-American family that is just like every other family in America,"

I'm laughing already. They might also do a sitcom about unicorns...

5 posted on 01/28/2011 12:11:23 PM PST by Kenton (Just my $0.02 worth...)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
What is it someone suggested as a name for the show?

Allah in the Family, I think...

6 posted on 01/28/2011 12:12:26 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: WOBBLY BOB
"We want to see a typical Arab-American family "

You mean that "Make room for Daddy" was not a typical Arab-American familly?

Besides, the Canadians (CBC) have already done it with "Little Mosque of the Prairie". Never watched it, and it's still running, AFAIK.

7 posted on 01/28/2011 12:12:56 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

We’ve already got one, being broadcast daily from the White House or various vacation spots around the world.

Problem is, it ain’t funny.


8 posted on 01/28/2011 12:13:42 PM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
DY-NO- MITE!!!!

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9 posted on 01/28/2011 12:18:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
"Television has had the ability to demonize Muslims and Arabs, but we realize that it also has the ability to humanize us."

On many occasions, muslims have had the opportunity to speak out against actions taken in the name of their religion. The streets should have been flooded with protesting muslims in Fall 2001, condemning actions of 9/11. You're complicit in your "demonization" when you do nothing to counter it. I can think of at least two instances of muslim servicemen attacking, wounding, and killing their fellow US soldiers in the last decade. In the effort to keep the US safe from terrorist attacks, your leading organization, CAIR, promotes this:

They then insult our intelligence by saying, "It's been misinterpreted." We demonize you....?

Go to Hell. Go directly to Hell. Do not pass Go. Do not collect 72 virgins.

10 posted on 01/28/2011 12:21:18 PM PST by edpc (It's Kräusened)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
Behead of the Class.


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

11 posted on 01/28/2011 12:27:18 PM PST by The Comedian (Stop voting for The Government Party)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

The Cosby show? You mean a show with a successful working mother and father, respectful kids that study hard, no infidelity, backstabbings, lies or deciet? one where the father is looked to for advice and counsel, whose wife loves unconditionally and never insults or undermines?

Forget Muslims, we need one of those for whites


12 posted on 01/28/2011 12:30:21 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: FrankR

LOL!


13 posted on 01/28/2011 12:30:36 PM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: JEC

“Will they be showing woman beatings and killings, killing the kids and other sorts of brutality? Rape and piloging maybe!”

Of course not. But if it portrays them as a typical American TV family, they won’t go to mosque either. Of course they will go to mosque on the show and we will have to endure unitarian universalist sermons disguised as Islam.


14 posted on 01/28/2011 12:30:57 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: The Comedian
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15 posted on 01/28/2011 12:32:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

Okay, THAT was funny!


16 posted on 01/28/2011 12:38:04 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

I’m perfectly satisfied with Achmed the Dead Terrorist.


17 posted on 01/28/2011 12:38:38 PM PST by and so? (If it angers you, a sarcasm or irony tag after everything I post should be assumed)
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To: sten
Wives.

That should read: "...whose WIVES love unconditionally and...".

Remember, this is to be a muslim sit-com.

;-)

18 posted on 01/28/2011 12:41:18 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
Maybe America Could Use a Muslim Sitcom After All?

Yeah, maybe they can "normalize" the beheadings.

19 posted on 01/28/2011 12:44:28 PM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: kevkrom

AWARD WINNING POST!


20 posted on 01/28/2011 12:44:43 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: cripplecreek

Now that’s funny.


21 posted on 01/28/2011 12:45:02 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
They already have a mid-east guy on a sitcom:


22 posted on 01/28/2011 12:49:42 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: JEC
Will they be showing woman beatings and killings, killing the kids and other sorts of brutality? Rape and piloging maybe!

Wos. What a riot that would be, those crazy mooslems are so hilarious. What a hoot.

23 posted on 01/28/2011 12:50:41 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: JEC

Will they be showing woman beatings and killings, killing the kids and other sorts of brutality? Rape and piloging maybe!

Wow. What a riot that would be, those crazy mooslems are so hilarous. What a hoot.


24 posted on 01/28/2011 12:51:02 PM PST by Bitsy
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

We had a thread a few years ago with suggestions for shows for a new Muslim TV network.

My favorite was “Leave it to Cleaver.”


25 posted on 01/28/2011 12:55:36 PM PST by Our man in washington
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To: Walter Scott Hudson
Wife: "Ahmed, does this suicide belt make me look fat?"

Que the laugh track.

Husband: "Just wear the black burhka it has a thinning effect."

Que the laugh track.

26 posted on 01/28/2011 1:16:05 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Walter Scott Hudson

Quite a few successful entrepreneurs say that one characteristic of a promising business idea is that it has to sound crazy to most people.


27 posted on 01/28/2011 1:22:30 PM PST by wideminded
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To: Calvin Locke
You mean that "Make room for Daddy" was not a typical Arab-American familly?

That goes to the heart of the issue, doesn't it.

That was an American family, albeit a wealthy one, of Lebanese descent. Close enough to Arab so as not to matter (back then.)
It was not a typical Arab-anything family. Makes a huge difference.

28 posted on 01/28/2011 2:07:19 PM PST by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: edpc
"Television has had the ability to demonize Muslims and Arabs, but we realize that it also has the ability to humanize us."

NOTHING demonizes muslims more than their own murdering words and actions worldwide --- daily.

29 posted on 01/28/2011 2:10:48 PM PST by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: and so?
I’m perfectly satisfied with Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

For those who may not have seen this hilarious muslim...

Achmed, The Dead Terrorist

30 posted on 01/28/2011 2:18:14 PM PST by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: and so?
I’m perfectly satisfied with Achmed the Dead Terrorist.

For those who may not have seen this hilarious muslim...

Achmed, The Dead Terrorist

31 posted on 01/28/2011 2:18:24 PM PST by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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