More response to the plot of “24″ this season. Via NRO:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the explosion of a nuclear device near Los Angeles at the end of the most recent episode of “24″ may also serve to increase anti-Muslim prejudice in American society.
“The raw emotional impact of fictional scenes that include widespread death and destruction in America may adversely affect the public’s attitude toward civil liberties, religious freedom and interfaith relations. The program’s repeated association of acts of terrorism with Islam will only serve to increase anti-Muslim prejudice in our society.”
Why aren’t these “moderate” Muslims worried about actual terror attacks against Americans and its allies, or Muslim imams calling for death to Americans and the destruction of the U.S., increasing anti-Muslim prejudice? CAIR doesn’t come out complaining about those attacks and verbal hate. How is it that they think “24″ is the reason we associate acts of terrorism with Islam? Hello!!
More from the AP:
“The overwhelming impression you get is fear and hatred for Muslims,” said Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. She said Thursday she was distressed by this season’s premiere. “After watching that show, I was afraid to go to the grocery store because I wasn’t sure the person next to me would be able to differentiate between fiction and reality.”
She said the group had a conference call Wednesday with Fox executives to protest the current plot line and request more positive portrayals of Muslims on the show, but was not promised anything.
Watching the show’s characters talk about detonating a nuclear weapon a few blocks from where she works unnerved Sireen Sawaf, an official with the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, and a self-described “huge `24′ fan.”
“It’s a great show, and I do realize it’s a multidimensional show that portrays extreme situations,” she said. “They have gone out of their way to have non-Muslim terror cells.
“But I’m concerned about the image it ingrains in the minds of the American public and the American government, particularly when you have anti-Muslim statements spewing from the mouths of government officials.”
Sohail Mohammed, a New Jersey immigration lawyer who represented scores of detainees caught up in the post Sept. 11, 2001 dragnet, watched the episode depicting the nuclear attack with an Associated Press reporter.
“I was shocked,” he said. “Somewhere, some lunatic out there watching this will do something to an innocent American Muslim because he believes what he saw on TV.”
They sound incredibly pro-American, right? Why are they so surprised at the portrayal of Islamic terrorists being portrayed exactly like they are in real life? Why isn’t that lawyer “shocked” and worried that “some lunatic” will do something to an “innocent American Muslim” because he watches CNN? Shouldn’t actual real life terrorism be a teensy bit more scary than fictional terrorism? And perhaps these people are shocked by real life Islamic terrorism, maybe, but they aren’t quoted in the AP as saying so, and certainly CAIR has never condemed these acts (because, ahem, they’d be condeming themselves).
FOX’s response is so far pretty fair:
In a written statement issued late Wednesday night, the network said it has not singled out any ethnic or religious group for blame in creating its characters.
“24 is a heightened drama about anti-terrorism,” the statement read. “After five seasons, the audience clearly understands this, and realizes that any individual, family, or group (ethnic or otherwise) that engages in violence is not meant to be typical.
“Over the past several seasons, the villains have included shadowy Anglo businessmen, Baltic Europeans, Germans, Russians, Islamic fundamentalists, and even the (Anglo-American) president of the United States,” the network said. “The show has made a concerted effort to show ethnic, religious and political groups as multidimensional, and political issues are debated from multiple viewpoints.”
I don’t recall hearing civil rights groups for Anglo businessmen, Baltic Europeans, Germans, Russians, Islamic fundamentalists, or the (Anglo-American) president of the United States crying about their portrayal on “24″, did you?
Previously: Denying Reality