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The joke's on us (CBC's 'Little Mosque on the Prairie')
National Post - Canada ^ | Thursday, January 11, 2007 | Barbara Kay

Posted on 01/11/2007 2:57:58 PM PST by GMMAC

The joke's on us

Barbara Kay, National Post
Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007


I caught the opening episode of CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie Tuesday night. It wasn't quite as bad as I'd anticipated. That is to say, it's awful, but at least my worst fears were not realized: Thanks be to Allah, there are no Jews in this sitcom.

So I was spared my fantasized plot thread of a young Muslim boy and a young Jewish boy -- the son of the local rabbi, of course -- who find some quarrel in a straw, but then, through the wisdom of their sage and tolerant fathers, become best friends, while their families go into business together in a joint kosher/halal butcher shop, where the Jewish boy's older brother, home from med school for the summer and helping out in the shop, falls madly in love with the Muslim boy's doe-eyed, hijab'd sister, as a result of which her father's wish for an arranged marriage with a friend's son from Pakistan wavers, he sees the multicultural way of the future, and his opposition to the match with the Jewish boy melts away. Fade to a wedding feast on a groaning table laden with chopped liver, hummus, brisket, couscous, with happy Muslims and Jews, arms linked, awhirl in a dizzying hora, segueing into a joyous, high stepping round of YMCA ?

There are two sources of conflict in Mosque: internal and external. Internally, the "tension" within the Muslim community devolves around: (a) whether cucumber sandwiches or goat stew should be served for breaking the Ramadan fast; (b) when the heck Ramadan actually starts anyway; and (c) if the new, young, hipimam from Toronto's inability to get a cappuccino in Mercy, Sask. will be a deal-breaker for him staying.

The external conflicts involve: (a) anxiety over the Anglican minister finding out the Muslims are using his church as a mosque, not just as a community centre; (b) the new imam's problems at the airport when he is falsely suspected of being a terrorist; and (c) convincing the village idiots of Mercy -- that would be virtually all the non-Muslim residents -- that they, the Muslims, are just regular chaps and not "Johnny Jihads."

No hijinks (must less hilarity) ensue, since all conflicts are resolved within 12 seconds of their being aired, and everything works out the way you knew it would: cucumber sandwiches and goat stew, a little compromise here, a little coaxing there, an explanation, a smile, a handshake, a sigh, a shrug ? and even though nobody explains why the beautiful daughter wears a hijab and the mum doesn't, everyone is cool with whatever.

The greatest potential "tension" occurs when Amaar, the young imam, is detained at the Toronto airport. The situation is resolved handily, but exposes the cringe-inducing impulses behind the series.

Look you: Amaar is of Middle Eastern appearance, has spent a year in Afghanistan and several more in Egypt, is travelling alone on a one way ticket, and has been overheard loudly using the words "bomb" and "suicide" on a cellphone (perfectly innocently, of course -- who hasn't used those words in an airport lineup?). Still, he is shocked, shocked, that he should be taken aside for questioning.

In this surreal sequence -- sorry, not comic for me, but then I would have found Hogan's Heroes kind of a downer if it aired in 1946 -- the witty and confident Amaar displays insouciant contempt for the implied Islamophobia of the dumber-than-dumb cops.

Well sorry, Amaar, your postmodern irony is just a tad misplaced here. How come you're not even a wee bit scared? Even laid-back, irony-suffused Jerry Seinfeld would not have banalized the seriousness of the situation. Rather, he'd have made himself the humour target by whinging and grovelling and creating the real tension that makes for good comedy. But apparently in this series, the role of idiot is reserved strictly for non-Muslims.

Amaar's ironic facade strikes a false note in any case. The rest of the cast is stuck in the pre-ironic 1950s model sitcom, like Father Knows Best, My Three Sons, Ozzie and Harriet and Leave It to Beaver, where characters are cardboard cutouts, the reigning mood is earnestness, where nobody is really bad (although many are somewhat simple), everyone's intentions are good and whatever minor conflict serves to propel the plot forward is resolved with a kind word.

Wait a minute. I think I just described every comic series that has ever been produced by the CBC. Ah, all is illuminated. In 1957, Little Mosque on the Prairie would have been a crackerjack series. In 2007, it is a reminder that the CBC is a cultural fossil.

Bkay@videotron.ca

© National Post 2007


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: badjoke; biasedmedia; brainwashing; indoctrination; islam; mediapropaganda; muslimpropaganda; muslims; notfunny; oy; rascallymuslims; taxpayerabuse
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"sheesh, you said it cat!"

1 posted on 01/11/2007 2:58:02 PM PST by GMMAC
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...

PING!
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2 posted on 01/11/2007 2:59:27 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

Is it on right after Canadian Air Farce?.. LOL

Hey at least they don't blur out the naked bits on the other channels up there...


3 posted on 01/11/2007 3:01:13 PM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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To: GMMAC

WTF is right!

For a second, I thought this might be a Scrappleface article!

"Little Mosque On The Prairie"?

Frickin' ridiculous!


4 posted on 01/11/2007 3:04:50 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: GMMAC

Canadian TV has deteriorated sadly since the days of the "Wayne and Shuster Comedy Hour"


5 posted on 01/11/2007 3:05:52 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 104-105)
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To: Alouette

The "Red Green Show" is good humor also.


6 posted on 01/11/2007 3:06:46 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: GMMAC
CAIR is going to have to call the authorities in Canada to have this reviewer investigated. No bad talking about Muslims allowed.
7 posted on 01/11/2007 3:07:32 PM PST by msnimje (You simply cannot be Christian and Pro-Abortion.)
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To: MD_Willington_1976
Bias? Agenda? Where?

BTW, next week's episode's guest villain:

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8 posted on 01/11/2007 3:08:53 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

Will this receive better ratings than "Talking to Americans?"


9 posted on 01/11/2007 3:09:07 PM PST by Boris99
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To: GMMAC

I will file this one next to the "View" as another program that will never be seen in the Bono home.


10 posted on 01/11/2007 3:09:31 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: GMMAC

I've boycotted CBC, this was the last straw. Luckily if I watch hockey, it's on the US stations. De-fund the communist bastards.


11 posted on 01/11/2007 3:12:40 PM PST by AntiKev ("No damage. The world's still turning isn't it?" - Stereo Goes Stellar - Blow Me A Holloway)
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To: sgtbono2002

Thank you - the View = automatic gag reflex!


12 posted on 01/11/2007 3:13:04 PM PST by fishergirl (Proud mom of an Iraq war veteran - to all our veterans Thank You and God Bless)
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To: AntiKev

well you'll miss Grapes and Hotstove!


13 posted on 01/11/2007 3:14:34 PM PST by rahbert
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To: MplsSteve

Can't you just see a mooslim wanting to join the lodge?


14 posted on 01/11/2007 3:15:26 PM PST by Taylor42
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To: GMMAC; Monkey Face; Darksheare; NicknamedBob; Tax-chick; tuliptree76; Dead Corpse; ...
LOL!

Ping!

So I was spared my fantasized plot thread of a young Muslim boy and a young Jewish boy -- the son of the local rabbi, of course -- who find some quarrel in a straw, but then, through the wisdom of their sage and tolerant fathers, become best friends, while their families go into business together in a joint kosher/halal butcher shop, where the Jewish boy's older brother, home from med school for the summer and helping out in the shop, falls madly in love with the Muslim boy's doe-eyed, hijab'd sister, as a result of which her father's wish for an arranged marriage with a friend's son from Pakistan wavers, he sees the multicultural way of the future, and his opposition to the match with the Jewish boy melts away. Fade to a wedding feast on a groaning table laden with chopped liver, hummus, brisket, couscous, with happy Muslims and Jews, arms linked, awhirl in a dizzying hora, segueing into a joyous, high stepping round of YMCA ?

15 posted on 01/11/2007 3:16:41 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: Boris99; GMMAC
Will this receive better ratings than "Talking to Americans?"

Yes.

Muslims will watch it.

16 posted on 01/11/2007 3:18:20 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: GMMAC

Yes, it's really real. Here's their website.

http://www.littlemosque.ca/


17 posted on 01/11/2007 3:19:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: fanfan



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18 posted on 01/11/2007 3:21:52 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

Not as good as "I dream of Jihad."


19 posted on 01/11/2007 3:22:59 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: fanfan

This is true?


20 posted on 01/11/2007 3:25:24 PM PST by onyx (DONATE NOW! -- It takes DONATIONS to keep FR running!!)
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To: GMMAC

Hopefully, whoever is in charge of the Laura Ingalls Wilder name will sue the cr#p out of these degenerates.


21 posted on 01/11/2007 3:25:28 PM PST by Reddy (Home's Cool- Home School)
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To: Grizzled Bear
Not as good as "I dream of Jihad."

... but definitely a notch above "Sharia Law and Order".
22 posted on 01/11/2007 3:25:31 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

"Muslims" and "humor" are two things that should never, ever be said together - not only not in the same breath, but also not in the same 12 month period.


24 posted on 01/11/2007 3:44:18 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DustyMoment; Baynative
"Muslims" and "humor" are two things that should never, ever be said together ...

... something which holds true with more than a few of their apologists as well:


25 posted on 01/11/2007 3:50:56 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: onyx

Yes Onyx. It's true.

The CBC is funded by our taxpayers to the tune of $1 Billion a year.
The CBC then produces ^##$%@$U like this, to convince us that Muslims are just like us.

Propaganda, really.

:-(


26 posted on 01/11/2007 3:55:46 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: fanfan

Muslims ARE just like us. They die, too.


27 posted on 01/11/2007 4:13:18 PM PST by Safetgiver (Stinko De mayo, Stinko to the Commies.)
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To: Baynative
Why, isn't it supposed to be humorous? I don't think Allah would allow that.

Lying and deception of infidels (taqiyya) is encouraged.

28 posted on 01/11/2007 4:18:08 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: Safetgiver
Muslims ARE just like us. They die, too.

Everything that lives dies.

29 posted on 01/11/2007 4:21:42 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: fanfan

Bet the program will not bet the CAIR Seal of approval....


30 posted on 01/11/2007 4:38:09 PM PST by Shots (Loose Lip sink ships.........)
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To: Shots

Bet= Get Sorry!


31 posted on 01/11/2007 4:39:14 PM PST by Shots (Loose Lip sink ships.........)
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To: Shots; Cindy
Bet the program will not get the CAIR Seal of approval....

As propaganda it is useful to them.

32 posted on 01/11/2007 4:43:02 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: GMMAC
"Thanks be to Allah, there are no Jews in this sitcom."

When Babs wrote this,I quit reading. Anything from the rest of the article that is interesting...?

33 posted on 01/11/2007 4:45:39 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (One God in 3 persons. Mohammed ain't privvy to that.)
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To: fanfan

The "comedy" is not on my viewing schedule.

Thanks for the ping, fanfan.


34 posted on 01/11/2007 4:47:23 PM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

You're welcome.


35 posted on 01/11/2007 5:00:52 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Yes. This.

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Amaar is of Middle Eastern appearance, has spent a year in Afghanistan and several more in Egypt, is travelling alone on a one way ticket, and has been overheard loudly using the words "bomb" and "suicide" on a cellphone (perfectly innocently, of course -- who hasn't used those words in an airport lineup?).

Still, he is shocked, shocked, that he should be taken aside for questioning.

In this surreal sequence -- sorry, not comic for me, but then I would have found Hogan's Heroes kind of a downer if it aired in 1946 -- the witty and confident Amaar displays insouciant contempt for the implied Islamophobia of the dumber-than-dumb cops.

36 posted on 01/11/2007 5:05:10 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

If you took the line in question as anti-Semitic, it certainly wouldn't have been intended as such as the article's author is herself an apparently devout Jew.


37 posted on 01/11/2007 5:18:01 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: GMMAC

Thanks for "covering" my point.

Any Jew that can print "Praise Allah" ain't devout (or even orthodox).


38 posted on 01/11/2007 5:34:23 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (No Christ, no salvation. Know Christ, know salvation.)
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To: Taylor42

LOL! That'd be funny to see an episode that dealt with the issue of a Muslim joining (or wanting to join) the lodge.


39 posted on 01/11/2007 5:36:24 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: GMMAC; fanfan
I caught part of that show yesterday. I think the kitty had my reaction, w/o the corn cob pipe in my mouth!!!

Can't wait to get back to work on afternoons. Some of the junk on TV just ain't worth it.
40 posted on 01/11/2007 6:20:48 PM PST by Springman (Vicodin stinks, still wanted vise-grips, to pull my tooth!!!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
As the author's e-address was included with the post of the article, perhaps you'd like to do her the favor of letting her know she's not Jewish ... at least in your opinion?
41 posted on 01/11/2007 7:11:15 PM PST by GMMAC (Discover Canada governed by Conservatives: www.CanadianAlly.com)
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To: onyx
Sadly yes. We are so embarrassed. But you must remember that while we have a new Conservative Government its a minority government-which means that the engine rooms of the bureaucracy are still filled with Liberals. On top of that Canada is very much under the control of the militant feminist (Stalinist) enemy and the mainstream population is effectively therefore'under occupation' So these CBC people kind of do what they like..its like a theatre for the special interest groups.

Swannie
42 posted on 01/11/2007 8:29:55 PM PST by Swannie
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

<> Oh for heaven's sake you completely missed her satirical humour in writing that... That was the whole point of that part.. Clearly you didn't see it for what it was. As for me I spent the morning laughing my head off. Barbara is a brilliant writer.


43 posted on 01/11/2007 8:32:20 PM PST by Swannie
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To: fanfan
So I was spared my fantasized plot thread of a young Muslim boy and a young Jewish boy -- the son of the local rabbi, of course -- who find some quarrel in a straw, but then, through the wisdom of their sage and tolerant fathers, become best friends, while their families go into business together in a joint kosher/halal butcher shop, where the Jewish boy's older brother, home from med school for the summer and helping out in the shop, falls madly in love with the Muslim boy's doe-eyed, hijab'd sister, as a result of which her father's wish for an arranged marriage with a friend's son from Pakistan wavers, he sees the multicultural way of the future, and his opposition to the match with the Jewish boy melts away. Fade to a wedding feast on a groaning table laden with chopped liver, hummus, brisket, couscous, with happy Muslims and Jews, arms linked, awhirl in a dizzying hora, segueing into a joyous, high stepping round of YMCA ?


44 posted on 01/12/2007 5:01:08 AM PST by beachn4fun (Pickin' 'em off....one by one.....)
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To: MplsSteve

Red Green was excellent when it first started. It was created by an independent producer on a shoestring budget and aired on a local station in Hamilton. After it became a cult hit, Global TV picked it up for a couple of years. After it got stale the CBC took over and now it's nothing but a rehash of what they did in the early years.


45 posted on 01/12/2007 5:04:42 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Pluto's been marginalized! Call the ACLU!)
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To: beachn4fun

Good morning, Beachn!

:-)


46 posted on 01/12/2007 5:05:51 AM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: AntiKev
Luckily if I watch hockey, it's on the US stations.

Take heart, it looks like the CBC will lose hockey when the current deal expires; CTV/TSN is putting together a huge bid.

47 posted on 01/12/2007 5:06:25 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Pluto's been marginalized! Call the ACLU!)
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To: Shots

Actually, it will because all of the Canadian characters are portrayed as jackasses.


48 posted on 01/12/2007 5:08:32 AM PST by Squawk 8888 (Pluto's been marginalized! Call the ACLU!)
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To: fanfan

Good morning, fanfan


49 posted on 01/12/2007 5:45:24 AM PST by beachn4fun (Pickin' 'em off....one by one.....)
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To: MD_Willington_1976
"...Hey at least they don't blur out the naked bits on the other channels up there...

Hey, naked bits? I'm so there.

50 posted on 01/12/2007 7:21:45 AM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (Recipe for cleaning up Congress: Traitor, tree, rope. Repeat 200 times.)
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