A Muslim Mediawatch?
The preposterously named Islamic Human Rights Commission (do Islamic humans have different rights from other humans?) has been complaining about the way Muslims are portrayed in the media – particularly Hollywood.
They actually make some valid points about lazy stereotyping in films such as Aladdin and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Unfortunately – and rather predictably – this gets buried under an avalanche of conspiracy-theory paranoia and victimhood, with some claiming that the film industry is a “tool of foreign policy”. Arzru Merali, the head of research at the commission, told the Guardian that such portrayals were
analogous to saying similar things to the Jewish community in the early 1930s.
Worst of all, the IHRC’s solution to their problem:
The authors call for more power for cinema censors to be able to curtail or even decline certification of “objectionable material”, as well as more effective media watchdogs and increased responsibility in coverage of issues involving Muslims on the part of newspapers and television.
Just what we need.
UPDATE: (28 Jan) Rachel Cooke makes much the same point in more detail, and with more eloquence, in today’s Observer.