Post # 1
The premise seems very useless to me. The show’s focus is on the lives of Muslim-Americans and how normal and nonextremist their lives are. Do we really need a show to tell us this? Are there really that many people that think all muslims are looking for an opportunity to kill them that we need a tv show to explain that muslim-american’s are just people? As a christian, I would find it offensive if there was a show devoted to explaining that christians are not all hateful murderers. I am curious to know how muslims feel about this show.
Post # 3
Apparently it is necessary, considering the uproar it started with hate groups that call themselves Christians, that demanded companies pull their ads from the show or be branded un-American.
Post # 4
@reine_de_rien: That goes along with pretty much anything these days. Somebody- any religion, race , or sex is going to be offended by everything. And businesses have the right to pull money from spots on shows they don’t share the same view with. While I don’t agree that this is right, and actually enjoy this show, it is their money to spend.
OP:I get what you are saying. Needing a show to show how “normal” a group of people are makes them no longer your typical person. I think the show is great about showing a different religion and way of life, kind of like the way THe Duggars and Little People vs Big World show how a different group of people live.
Post # 5
I DO think that it is nessacary. When the 9/11 anniversery rolled around, my friends and family all had very … what is the word i am looking for… Raceist… heated… ignorant… blanket remarks about those that were muslim. I actually got in a few verbal fights with family because they were saying things like ” that boy you hang out with, should go back to where he came from… he could be a terroist!” My responce…” You mean you want him to go back to the house 2 doors down? That is where he was born, and his parents and grandparents have both been born and raised in this town…Also he is an english major… can not really blow anything up with a book…”
So YES i do think that that show is a good thing.
Post # 6
I’ve lived around Dearborn (where the show is filmed) my whole life, and I still know tons of people who believe in ridiculous stereotypes about Muslims. The problem is that the people who need to watch a show like this will probably not be the ones to watch it. In fact, I have an aunt who said she won’t watch it because “it’s just going to be terrorist propaganda.”
Post # 7
Sadly, its very necessary – but the people who need to watch it are boycotting it without ever giving it a glance.
My family is 3rd generation American from Lebanon – though we are Catholic, not Muslim – we look the same and have many similar traditions and values. I don’t look as ethnic because my mom married a Scottish guy and I’m a total mutt – but my cousins – just because of their ethnic appearance and Arabic-sounding last name – get hell and dirty looks every single time they fly. One of them has his dad’s name (yes, just his name) in Arabic tattooed on his forearm – and some moron in one of his college classes actually filed a complaint with the school saying that his “terrorist tattoo” made her uncomfortable. Yes – people are THAT ignorant.
Post # 8
I talked to a friend of mine today about the show. He is egyptian and was muslim (now christian) and he thinks that the stereotyping of muslims is much like the stereotyping of are races, religons, etc in that the fringe of each society is what is heard the loudest. He also expressed that it is the radical muslims that have hijacked the muslim faith from the typical muslims and make their lives difficult.
Post # 9
Honestly, I find the show super boring. But there are people who think that all Muslims are terrorists with bombs strapped to their chests under their clothes. My old boss was a HUGE anti-Muslim guy who was a total prick. Then again he hated everyone. But those types of people wouldnt want this show to begin with.