Skip to comments.Maybe America Could Use a Muslim Sitcom After All?
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.]
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“I Dream of Jihad” starring Barbara Blowmeup.
Will they be showing woman beatings and killings, killing the kids and other sorts of brutality? Rape and piloging maybe!
I'm laughing already. They might also do a sitcom about unicorns...
Allah in the Family, I think...
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
Okay, THAT was funny!
I’m perfectly satisfied with Achmed the Dead Terrorist.
That should read: "...whose WIVES love unconditionally and...".
Remember, this is to be a muslim sit-com.
Yeah, maybe they can "normalize" the beheadings.
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