Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Fox's "24" Angers Muslim Group.

Turns out that the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), everybody's favorite terrorist apologists, are now even apologizing for fictional terrorists (H/T Drudge):

Concerns about 24 were raised by a preview of the Jan. 9 season-opener in a DVD sent to some general entertainment magazine subscribers.

One of the villains is a Walkman-toting, bubble-gum-chewing teenager who fights with his conservative Dad about dating an American girl and talking on the phone.

The young man also helps his parents mastermind a plot to kill large numbers of Americans that begins with an attack on a train.

Over the breakfast table, the father tells his son: “What we will accomplish today will change the world. We are fortunate that that our family has been chosen to do this.“Yes, father,” his son replies.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights and advocacy group, plans to bring their concerns about the episode to Fox, says group spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed.

That group has previously received complaints about the depiction of Muslims on 24, but this episode is particularly egregious, she said.
Geez, how bad can it be? Didn't these guys see, oh, the entire second season of 24, where Muslim terrorists planned to nuke the United States?

Oops, that's right, that was okay, because in the end the whole plot ended up being led by Eurotrash weenies, who only *used* Islamic terrorists as patsies.

BTW, I love how the article mentions the terrorist Dad's a conservative. Nice to highlight that fact. Even though, of course, being a conservative Muslim and a, say, conservative Republican are as different as being a liberal Stalinist and a liberal Democrat.
“They are taking everyday American Muslim families and making them suspects. They’re making it seem like families are co-conspirators in this terrorist plot." In another scene, she says, a terrorist is shown coming out of a mosque. The way the episode depicts Muslims creates an atmosphere in which many Americans look at all Muslims as suspects in the war on terror, she adds. “It’s very dangerous and very disturbing.”
Any more dangerous or disturbing then, ya know, real Islamic terror cells in America?

Hate crimes and civil rights abuses against Muslims have soared since the Sept. 11 attacks.
Says who? CAIR, that's who. But their methodology is, ahem, suspect.

Surveys commissioned by the council show that more than 40% of Americans believe it’s appropriate to curb the civil rights of Muslims as part of the war on terror.
Again with the surveys commissioned by CAIR, hardly an unbiased organization.

Hey, surveys commissioned by Garfield Ridge say I'm not getting enough sweet loving from the ladies, but you know what? The ladies may disagree with that assessment.

If CAIR has enough time to worry about how an action thriller is portraying Muslims, then obviously the felt crescent patches and barbed wire are right around the corner. Seriously, how come we never hear CAIR complaining about the charming programming broadcast on Islamic television?

Personally, these kinds of complaints are always my favorite. Why? Because even if the complaints have a point-- and I'll acknowledge that they sometimes do, as in the pretty offensive stereotyping (to me at least) going on in Arnold Schwarzenegger's True Lies-- the overwhelming majority of the time they're overreacting to what is pointless entertainment.

Even better, in the case of 24, it's not like the show spares anyone. Domestic terrorists, Eurotrash terrorists, Islamic terrorists: they've all gotten their fair share of Jack Bauer Justice (TM) on the show.

Bring me a dufflebag. And a hacksaw.

C'mon, the whole point of the show involves *counterterrorism* operations (and opportunities to showcase Elisha Cuthbert's booming assets). Last time I checked, there just happened to be a whole lot of Muslim terrorists in the world. In fact, many of them are killing the American soldiers protecting the rights of groups like CAIR to complain.

And even if a single episode of 24 appears to be unfair, goodness knows that the very structure of the show offers ample opportunities to either confound expectations (as in Season 2, when the bad guy ended up being the little blond American girl instead of her mysterious swarthy Muslim fiance).

My guess is that 24's viewers will probably be intelligent enough to place whatever motivations these new baddies have into a proper context. Unless, of course, CAIR also feels that all Fox viewers are blithering idiots.

Hey pals, just because I love The O.C. doesn't invalidate my master's from G-town.

As a wise man once said, "Lighten up, Francis."

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