Watching the showÂ’s characters talk about detonating a nuclear weapon a few blocks from where she works unnerved Sireen Sawaf, an official with the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, and a self-described Â“huge Â‘24Â’ fan.Â”
Â“ItÂ’s a great show, and I do realize itÂ’s a multidimensional show that portrays extreme situations,Â” she said. Â“They have gone out of their way to have non-Muslim terror cells. But IÂ’m concerned about the image it ingrains in the minds of the American public and the American government, particularly when you have anti-Muslim statements spewing from the mouths of government officials.Â”
Yeah, well I was concerned in Season 2 that the terrorist was not the Arab guy but his rich white girlfriend, because that's oh-so-likely. I'm concerned that portraying terrorists as Rachel Corries makes me have to take my shoes off more often at the airport. Pretending that terrorism comes in all shapes and colors concerns me because I think it's a red herring from the real issue. But my concerns don't get to be quoted in any newspaper articles.
Our political correctness is going to get us killed
Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at January 19, 2007 06:20 AM (nKVbZ)
It'll be OK:
1. Kiefer Sutherland will make a PSA during an up coming episode saying that muslims aren't terrorists and are really good people;
2. The bad guys will turn out to be either gov't agents or a white supremacist group.
Ms. Sawaf really shouldn't be concerned.
Posted by: Pamela at January 19, 2007 06:30 AM (s84d0)
LOL, you're right, Pamela! I forgot that there's always some Big White Corporation Guys who are revealed to be pulling all the strings towards the end of the season.
Posted by: Sarah at January 19, 2007 07:29 AM (BP8jf)
So a TV show has Sireen Sawaf is Â“concerned about the image it ingrains in the minds of the American public and the American governmentÂ”.
Maybe Sireen should be more worried about the images ingrained in the minds of Americans of all death and destruction around the globe caused by Muslims.
And as far as Â“anti-Muslim statements spewing from the mouths of government officialsÂ”, I donÂ’t see it. Instead, I see our government officials, pandering to Muslims and going out of their way to portray Islam as a religion of peace. I actually would like to hear some Â“anti-Muslim statementsÂ” or at least some condemnation, which is way past due.
Posted by: tim at January 19, 2007 10:59 AM (nno0f)
When Tim McVey blew up that building in Oklahoma City, remember how upset the gun nuts got? When the unabomber hit his targets remember how upset the lefty anti-corporate types were to be under suspicion? When Rudolf bombed abortion clinics, remember how upset the pro-life folks were to be tarred with the same brush? Remember the nice white folks caught up in the anthrax scare back in 2001. Seems like we should all have a little better sense of humor about these things.
Posted by: Terry at January 19, 2007 12:44 PM (gEMIj)
Did you manage to catch Showtime's Sleeper Cell, and Sleeper Cell 2? It goes where 24 is afraid to.
Great series, and portrayed really well. We actually bought them on DVD.
Posted by: airforcewife at January 20, 2007 01:58 PM (0dU3f)
"Maybe Sireen should be more worried about the images ingrained in the minds of Americans of all death and destruction around the globe caused by Muslims"
Ditto and Amen.
Posted by: MaryIndiana at January 21, 2007 07:05 PM (V5Xp/)
How about concern about the rules of law and Habeas Corpus in the USA? Don't you rightwingers give any sh*t at all about those things which supposedly were once conservative values?
And how much you want to bet when your big bad Peoria "terrorist" finally gets a day in court, all terrorism charges will be dropped as bogus?
Posted by: question at January 28, 2007 03:23 AM (Mt/1L)
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