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    16 Times TV And Movie Writers Proved They Knew Nothing About Muslims

    Take it off! Take it off! Take it off!


    Having representation in media is great...when done correctly. But have y'all ever watched something that made you cringe because of how inaccurate it was?

    For Muslims, this is wayyy too common. Here are some examples of how TV shows and movies missed the mark completely.

    1. There's always a woman who takes off her hijab for ✨dramatic effect✨ or (usually) to seek validation from a boy. Let's start with Dr. Dahlia Qadri of Grey's Anatomy.

    Dr. Qadri felt the need to use her hijab as a tourniquet on a patient when they pull a metal rod out of their leg.

    Not only is this inaccurate from a medical standpoint since hijabs are not sterile at all (considering they're on our heads all day) but also, she's in a hospital??

    No bandages, just vibes I guess.

    2. And there are characters like Nadia in Elite who removes her hijab and it's treated like she's finally feeling "free." And of course, there's Guzman who's just in awe.

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    Who knew it was every hijabi's dream to take their hijab off? Maybe I missed the memo.

    This is literally the most common and most inaccurate trope there is. If there's a hijabi, her hijab just HAS to come off at some point for whatever reason.

    ✨It's the only way.✨

    3. Too often the way Muslims are shown praying Let's take Marjan from 9-1-1: Lone Star as an example.

    When you make an effort to include a Muslim character but can’t be bothered to research how Muslims pray. Accurate representation matters ⁦⁩ ⁦@911LoneStar⁩ 🤦🏽‍♀️

    Muslims pray five times a day so it's an important part of our daily routine and it follows certain steps.

    But I need to know why no one took the opportunity to look up a basic prayer tutorial on YouTube because this ain't it.

    4. And when Nabil's former girlfriend *appears* while he's praying in Tiny Pretty Things.

    A Muslim man prays in a dance studio.

    Then it gets weird when his girlfriend, Cassie, appears out of nowhere telling him he's "finished."

    A woman in a white dress stands in front of a mirror, facing away from it.

    And they just start dancing??

    A woman in a white dress and a man in a black leotard and black tights embrace each other in a dance studio.

    5. We also have to constantly sit through trauma porn. In the two-part Season 18 finale of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, we follow the investigation around a hate crime committed against a Syrian Muslim family.

    6. Also, in the same Law & Order: SVU finale, one of the suspects is later held hostage by two men described as being Middle Eastern who wanted revenge for what happened to the Samras.

    7. There's a moment in #RollUpToTheClubLike, an episode of Degrassi: Next Class, where Goldi Nahir has her hijab snatched off following a terrorist attack in Belgium.

    They then yank her hijab off and push Winston aside when he tries to stop them.

    8. And of course, what's Muslim representation without women wearing burqas, being saved from oppressive situations? Like these women in Iron Man 3 being rescued from a sweatshop in an unidentified Middle Eastern country.

    9. And Abra (Abed Nadir's cousin) in Community, who literally has a full-blown argument with her uncle about jumping in a bouncy house.

    10. And the kidnapped women in the scene where T'Challa comes to Nakia's aid in Marvel's Black Panther.

    11. Also, the lack of Black Muslims in lead roles is glaring.

    12. Or in the rare instances that they are in key roles, they're often behind bars. Like Alison Abdullah, the only Muslim character in Orange Is the New Black.

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    She also takes her hijab off at completely random moments, like during the riots or when she's with friends and shows them her bright red hair to make them laugh.

    13. There's also Kareem Said in the HBO series Oz, who leads a group known as "The Muslims."

    14. And Ali from South Central, who attempts to steer Bobby, a gang member, straight.

    15. And if they're not in prison, they're treated like an afterthought. For example, you mean to tell me that Nabila in The Walking Dead is the only Black Muslim that survived the zombie apocalypse?

    16. And to be fair, in Ramy there are prominent Black characters (playing Ramy's fiancée and her father), but in my opinion their stories weren't fleshed out well.

    Is it too much to ask for representation that doesn't play into overplayed tropes or harmful stereotypes?

    It doesn't take much to find Muslim writers, directors, producers, crew and actors to create authentic stories that don't leave us feeling misrepresented and misunderstood.

    In the meantime, I'll be looking for representation that's done right and waiting for someone to hire me as a writer or consultant because I am TIRED.

    Correction: Goldi Nahir in #7 was not approached by classmates, as was stated in an earlier version of this post.