This is a continuation of thought of a blog that was written by Sadegh recently (http://iranian.com/main/blog/sadegh/video-orientalism-and-racism)
Here is a video that shows how just how Middle-Easterners (Arabs/Persians/Kurds/Assyrians/Armenians/Baluchis/Azeris, et al) have been demonized in the US’s most powerful cultural tool (hollywood):
By Jackie Salloum. http://www.jsalloum.org/videos.html
Official selection of the Sundance Film Festival 2005
A trailer-esque montage spectacle of Hollywood’s relentless vilification and dehumanization of Arabs and Muslims.
Inspired by the book
“Reel Bad Arabs”
by Dr. Jack Shaheen
Out of 1000 films that have Arab & Muslim characters (from the year 1896 to 2000)
12 were postive depictions, 52 were even handed and the rest of the 90O and so were negative.
I have written this blog entry because of a recent thread that I thought was spot-on. (Sadegh’s blog of Orientalism)
http://iranian.com/main/blog/sadegh/video-orientalism-and-racism Edward Said’s works help explain how this antagonistic view of middle-easterners has been propagated for centuries.
Here is a cartoon meant for children made back in the 1990’s:
New Kids On the Block – Full Cartoon- Sheikh of My Dreams