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Muslim Groups Upset with 24's Lack of Imagination

Muslim Groups Upset with 24's Lack of Imagination

Keifer Sutherland took a break from filming 24 (at least we think he's on a break, but he is still rocking the Jack Bauer signature faded black sweatshirt and scowl, so who knows) to enjoy the Santa Monica sun the other day. The sixth season of 24 started off with its fill of excitement, but not everyone is so happy with the show.

Musim-American groups are upset at the show's constant portrayal of Muslim people as terrorists. The Council on American-Islam Relations released a statement saying, "Repeated association of acts of terrorism with Islam will only serve to increase anti-Muslim prejudice." In response Fox has said, "24 is a heightened drama about anti-terrorism. Any individual, family, or group (ethnic or otherwise) that engages in violence is not meant to be typical." We're hard pressed to think of a Muslim non-terrorist in the show's history (not counting this season, because there's no guarantees yet), but hopefully Fox will find a way to counteract these stereotypes. After all, it's hard to stay mad at the people who brought us Jack Bauer.


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broncopack broncopack 7 years
Love Kiefer.....Love 24....Period.
HauteMuslimah HauteMuslimah 10 years
Thank you Minaminamina for clearing things up for everyone. We definately need more people like you in the world :)
Jinx Jinx 10 years
The War of 1812 is considered a struggle in America?! ------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
minaminamina minaminamina 10 years
Actually, the most common group of people to attack America as terrorists have been white. Fortunately, being part of the majority helps to deter from racist attacks and racial profiling (it still happens, but obviously not as severely or commonly). We'll start with the Puritans in New England attacking the Narangasette nation; the French attacking settlers and British for territory; the British logging industry for raping the land; the British government for the Revolution and post-Revolutionary terrorist tactics; the British for initiating the 1812 struggle; Portugeuse pirates attacking on American waters; and let me just propel us through the Civil War (instigated by Americans via terrorist methods, and ending with the Northern armies terrorizing the South), the Suffrage movement (torture in prisons), and Timothy McVeigh... PoohBare, I doubt that the writers on the show are so unimaginative that they can't figure out some less stereotypical options. And I DO watch the show, by the way. Calling a terrorist a Muslim is like calling an elephant a cat - Islam allows for no forced suffering or warfare, which means the people who most recently attacked our country were merely claiming some allegance to a religion which rejects their kind. Moreso that 2 of the hijackers on 9/11 were eating pork and drinking alcohol at a bar the night before they did it -- that's not very Muslim, at all.
Jinx Jinx 10 years
They need a disclaimer explaining that cellular phones don't work as well as Jack Bauers while they are at it! lol------------------------------------------------------ Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. — Albert Einstein
Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
minamina i totally agree with you thank you for ur comment becuz it cleared alot of things out for other ppl thank you:)
PoohBare PoohBare 10 years
Casimira, ROFL! My husband and I are already trying to figure out who the mole will be this season at CTU. You would think they would be better about screening their employees by now!
PoohBare PoohBare 10 years
Anyone who has ever watched this show would know that they do not portray Muslims as the terrorist each season. Regardless of whether or not the majority of Muslims are peaceful, the fact is that most of the terrorist targeting the US have been Muslims. In this particular season, they have already shown several white Americans that are helping the terrorist at various stages of their plan which makes them terrorist too.
Casimira Casimira 10 years
Well, this should ultimately satisfy the "Keifer does a PSA" square on my 24 Bingo sheet that buzzsugar gave us! 24 could make this all go away by having a Muslim CTU employee (who was not a mole).
syrianvirus syrianvirus 10 years
Ok, it gets a little tiring when I hear people say that 24 has also included "nice" muslims. Don't you think its the show responsibility to do that so that they don't get as much backlash?? Just like the show Friends, how often did you see an Afro-American? Well after numerous complaints, Ross finally got an Afro-American girlfriend. Does this mean that the show is fair now? Didn't think so. And yes, 24 has had other radical groups there, but this issue wouldn't have come up if the majority wasn't Muslims. Especially with the hatred that is going on around the world today againts all these muslims, it isn't the greatest topic to portray. I guess, unless you are Muslim, you wouldn't know the hatred we go through now. So now what?!?!
sashak sashak 10 years
thanks Mina3-I was just about to retierate that point. Islam-religion; Muslim-follower of Islam. Hardly any modern worldwide religions follow ethnic lines. I even have several friends who were raised Southern Baptist & converted to Judaism. I don't watch 24 so I really can't comment on the story line.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
On lighter note...Santa Monica :sighs: how I miss thee
minaminamina minaminamina 10 years
Also, dreamsugar, are you forgetting the Black Muslims? What about Sudanese and Egyptian Muslims, who are black. How about South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Ghana, which all have huge Muslim populations? Once again, people are forgetting that this is a RELIGION. And one of such popularity and a high conversion rate that there is NO racial barrier for those who follow the faith. Islam is NOT an ethnicity!
minaminamina minaminamina 10 years
KH, I've said this before, and I'll say it again- I AM A CONSERVATIVE! Shocking, yes, that a conservative can sit down and say, "hmm... shall I attempt to help stop racial profiling and an unjust war today? I think I will." Regardless of your political affiliation, there is NO justification for targeting Islam as a violent faith OR Muslims as predisposed to terrorist activity. The most violent terrorism in the history of this world has traditionally been carried out by Anglo-Saxon Christians. Does that mean we don't let white people cross from state-to-state without unprovoked searches, just in case they decide to bring the IRA out of the bushes? I don't think so. And Jennifer, I think you missed the point of my comment. My meaning was that, YES, those of the Jewish faith have experienced prejudice in their lives -- and Jewish advocacy groups HAVE pulled shows before, because of brief, unfair portrayal of Jews. 24 has gotten away with lengthy, unfair portrayal of Muslims multiple times. Despite it's 50% shying away from the topic, can we really dismiss it? It's ironic also, Jennifer, that the other two examples you point to are both of minority status as well. Mexicans and Serbs, eh? Ethnically, quite different from an Arab, but as for skin tone and racial identification, most Americans would not know the difference between the three. It's just a curious cultural phenomena when we experience adrenaline rushes from fictional drama with very little basis on our actual lives. It's not always a good thing, and not all the viewers of 24, or similar shows, are as responsible as many of you who are commenting here. I think KH is a perfect example of the ignorance that can prevail if not well-balanced by self-education. That said, if KH, you're curious as to what Islam IS, I can explain it to you in another forum. Just say the word.
Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
kh6- are u sayin muslims are terroists? and dreamsugar- dont generalize of the fact that all muslims get up and create a riot becuz someone offended someone, there are those who dont and those who do, so seriously generalizing means u dont see a difference
roor roor 10 years
.. all i have to say is that jack bauer is the most kicka$$ man on TV! i luv the show... not about targeting muslims or whatever - i mean it's a tv show so it's all fake! and they have had others that weren't muslim as terrorists - there have been quite a few 'jabs' at the russians if i can recall correctly! anyways when it's been happening for years in the movies - hello how many of the 'baddies' have been either Russian,asian or even English, it's stereotyping blah blah, and someone has to play the bad guy and usually it cannot be an american ccoz he's playing the good guy... it's not real people so they should get that into their heads
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
Muslims -- (hear me) -- Honestly - get over it! African Americans have had to live with this for MANY years. We're either drunk, on drugs, the rapist, the murder, the gang member -- if it's negative -- guess what it's usually a black person. Every nationality has bad seeds - and crap it makes for great TV. If ya don't like it -- don't watch!
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
why is it that because 24 is a show about terrorism that its instantly conservative? do you think liberals have covers over their head and we think terrorism does not exist? just because we dont feel the need to exploit and eradicate an entire group of people based upon their religious beliefs does not mean that we do not think terrorism exists. that being said, its unfortunate that the majority of muslims, those who are peace and democracy loving individuals, are feeling the pressure of the stereotypes that are created by the few radical muslims that are out there. but the muslim community needs to band together and fight these guys. you need to work within your community and send the message that islam is not a religion hell bent on destroying america. shows like 24 are tackling the issues that are relevant today and unfortunately radical islam is our a greatest terrorist threat today.
kh61582 kh61582 10 years
There's a good reason that TV portrays Islamic as terrorists..because they are! Liberals control 90% of the media and they can't take one Conservative show? Really nice political party you guys have. I'm very proud to not be a part of it. When radical Islamists stop promoting terror then they can have an argument otherwise.....
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Tony and Michelle die!?!?!? ARGH!!! This is why I usually stay away from 24 threads. Dern. Dern. Dern. I'm not caught up to the current season yet. :oops:
Fantasia1 Fantasia1 10 years
and i also do believe that like jennifer said not alot of ppl are for prejudice at all
taylor29 taylor29 10 years
Ummmm, all I have to say is they need to figure out a way to bring Tony and Michelle back from the dead. It's just not the same without them! They can figure out a way!
ohsuri ohsuri 10 years
Good call Jennifer76!!!
ohsuri ohsuri 10 years
Give me a break that FOX is using this as a way to keep us in fear. Ummm.. day after tomorrow pushes global warning fears.. there has been more PRO democratic views than Rep on TV. Why is everything that seems Rep. so bad but when something is done through a Dem view it is hailed wonderful.. Michael Moore etc? Just asking. I am registered independent. I vote on what is important at the time of my life.. I think it is sad people vote for a party and not on what the actual person feels about the issues!! Hence why we are where we are today!!
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