According to a 2021 study, less than two percent of movie characters with speaking roles are Muslim. For years, Hollywood, or any mainstream media for that matter, has had a pattern of either entirely lacking in Muslim representation, or, if that representation is present, it is one that delves into lazy, derogatory, and often dangerous stereotypes.
Muslims in Hollywood have also historically been portrayed as regressive and as perpetrators of violence. They are either invisible or villainized, which, unfortunately, has real-life repercussions on the community. This is largely because these feeble attempts at representation have almost always catered to the sentiments and understanding of white Americans who see Muslims and Islam as monolithic rather than the geographically and racially diverse community that they form.