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Will Hollywood apologize to Muslims?
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1.       Trudy
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 15 Feb 2009 Sun 10:48 am

Numerous criticisms have been voiced that the US media -- especially its cinema sector and TV networks -- tend to create image templates. This is true. Hollywood´s role in portraying Italians as mafia types, Asians as sneaky, blacks as bad, Indians as unmannerly, the Spanish as bribe takers, Latin Americans as drug sellers, etc., is undeniable. Yet, no nation or community has suffered the level of injustice Hollywood has been inflicting on Muslims. In Hollywood films, Muslims -- mostly Arabs -- are presented as people who hijack planes, set bombs, kill people, etc. -- in a word, as terrorists. This template is designed mostly for the middle class. The role tailored for women of the same class portrays women who are oppressed by men and those who are adept at belly dancing, though still suppressed and knowing no love. We may also encounter wealthy characters in these films. They tend to be lustful, fat and passionate types who do not know how to spend their millions.

 

More: http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=167002

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This article must be a banquet for some people here.....



Edited (2/15/2009) by Trudy [Font]

2.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 02:42 pm

Well, if Hollywood is going to be giving out apologies they should also apologise to the English...we are ALWAYS portrayed as the psychos, mass murderers and sadists! lol

3.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 02:47 pm

Great article about Hollywood´s stereotyping of the English!

 

ALWAYS THE BAD GUYS!

 

"Indeed, when comparing the nature of British bad guys in films in particular, it is evident that they represent the ´intelligent evil´, ideal for casting directors because of their notoriously cold-mannered, calculating nature. American bad guys exist, but for a truly believable cold-blooded serial killer only a combination of the Queen´s English, and quintessentially British manners will do. Malice and callousness in abundance required? Look no further than the British Isles.... Alan Rickman, Die Hard´s ruthless yet handsome villain is the embodiment of malevolence, and in the sequel Jeremy Irons assumes the role of the intelligent bad guy with ease.

 

Furthermore, in the eyes of the Americans the British not only play villains to perfection, but are also convenient as their portrayal as the stereotypical bad guys doesn´t offend any US minority group. Continual casting of members of the Hispanic community as villains would certainly lead to unrest and accusations of racism, but it seems as if you cannot be racist about the English, most likely because of their previous level of superiority. Indeed, it must be recognised that the Americans no longer see us merely ´Brits´ but distinguish between the English, Scottish and Irish, if not having got to grips entirely with the Welsh.

 

Therefore, whilst the English and the Welsh (in the form of Anthony Hopkins) readily illustrate evil, the Scottish and the Irish in particular appear to have escaped this stereotype. Liam Neeson, the star of Schindler´s List, as Rob Roy is the hero fighting the evil English in the form of John Hurt and Tim Roth. There is, of course, nothing wrong with these English actors playing English characters, but this film is too stereotypical in the contrasts that it draws between its heroes and villains. Indeed, the most notorious film in the eyes of the British media for its unfair portrayal of the English is The Patriot. Once again historical fact does not impinge on a good story, and as a consequence, the English army emerge as war criminals, with Colonel Tavington, the main villain who is played by Jason Isaacs, portrayed as a sadistic psychopath... "

 

http://www.oxfordstudent.com/tt2001wk5/Features/always_the_bad_guys%3F

 



Edited (2/15/2009) by TheAenigma

4.       tamikidakika
1346 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 03:20 pm

 

Quoting TheAenigma

Well, if Hollywood is going to be giving out apologies they should also apologise to the English...we are ALWAYS portrayed as the psychos, mass murderers and sadists! lol

 

any particular example?   Mr. Bean?

5.       TheAenigma
5001 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 03:29 pm

 

Quoting tamikidakika

 

 

any particular example?   Mr. Bean?

 

 Silence of the lambs is one of many

6.       Melek74
1506 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 05:12 pm

 

Quoting TheAenigma

Well, if Hollywood is going to be giving out apologies they should also apologise to the English...we are ALWAYS portrayed as the psychos, mass murderers and sadists! lol

lol Yeah, but they are sexy psychoes with cute accents {#lang_emotions_razz} 

 

Do they need to apologize to the Polish people? {#lang_emotions_unsure}

 

7.       libralady
5152 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 05:17 pm

 

Quoting tamikidakika

 

 

any particular example?   Mr. Bean?

 

 Mr Bean is potrayed as a complete idiot............... Unless of course he pulled the arms off his teddy then we might call him a pshyco {#lang_emotions_bigsmile}

8.       lady in red
6947 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 05:59 pm

This is great!  So now instead of just being EVIL BRITS - Aenigma, LL and I along with the others can be know as EVIL INTELLIGENT PSYCHO BAD BRITS - much more impressive!!  lol



Edited (2/15/2009) by lady in red [Forget ´intelligent´ :D]

9.       Trudy
7887 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 06:03 pm

 

Quoting lady in red

This is great!  So now instead of just being EVIL BRITS - Aenigma, LL and I along with the others can be know as EVIL INTELLIGENT PSYCHO BAD BRITS - much more impressive!!  lol

 

Edited (11:01 am) by lady in red [Forget ´intelligent´ ]

 

 Four adjectives... I agree with three of them.... lol lol

10.       Melek74
1506 posts
 15 Feb 2009 Sun 06:06 pm

Has anybody seen "Crash" - it´s a 2004 movie set in L.A. It is exactly about stereotypes and prejudices. One of my favorite movies of all times, I´d highly recommend it.

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