Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hollywood Hates Arabs

Jack Shaheen, author of Reel Bad Arabs, and host of a documentary version of the book, is now hosting a film series about Hollywood's portrayal of Arab.

The film series runs on Turner Classic Movies throughout July, as part of TCM's Race and Hollywood: Arab Images on Film project. Shaheen joins TCM host Robert Osborne to discuss the featured films and Hollywood's depictions of Arabs and Muslims, from early cinema to the present.

"When colleagues ask whether today's reel Arabs are more stereotypical than yesteryear's" writes Dr. Shaheen, "I can't say the celluloid Arab has changed. He is what he has always been -- the cultural 'other.' Arabs have too often been viewed as backward, barbaric and dangerously different through Hollywood's distorted lens. Unfortunately, these stereotypes are now deeply ingrained in American cinema."

Buy the entire Reel Bad Arabs DVD documentary at


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