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“Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People” - Discussion and Blog Post Celluloid vs. Real Arab o Hollywood distorts the image of an Arab along both racial and religious lines on the big screen as being different and threatening utilizing repetition with stereotypes, which are deeply ingrained in the American film industry. o According to Hollywood, “Arabs are brute murderers, sleazy rapists, religious fanatics, oil-rich dimwits, and abusers of women” (172). o In reality, Arabs are just normal human beings who have made substantial contributions to our civilization. These contributions include innovations in the fields of math, astronomy, geography, architecture, agriculture, and the tradition of legal learning. o According to Shaheen, “their lifestyles defy stereotyping” because they are nothing like what Hollywood proposes they are (172). o In terms of religion, moviemakers depict Muslims and Arabs as the same people, although only 12 percent of the world’s Muslim’s are Arab. There is unfair associating involved.
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