I’m not sure I see why people are so upset. Just because fiction has a character of a particular cultural background doing a particular thing doesn’t mean that anyone should believe that all people of that culture do that thing. In other words, just because a story may include a Muslim villain doesn’t mean that all Muslim’s are villains. We all know this. It’s common sense. It’s backed by every experience we’ve ever had. So why do people pretend to forget this from time to time? I see comments that read “This show portrays all people of Arab descent as monsters.” Really? What about the main character and her allies? I mean help me out here: when does it cross over from a character choice to stereotyping? Who arbitrates that? How do we know when that happens?
Response to ABC Family Kills “Alice In Arabia”:
Wow. The craziest thing to me has nothing to do with the controversy. It’s Khalaf’s ridiculous attempt to lecture ABC-F on what kind of programming they should air; not only does he obviously have no clue what their programming demographic actually looks like, he’s so obliviously self-righteous about it! “I don’t know what they were thinking!” - just adorable.