BEIRUT (Reuters) - American films and TV dramas shot since the September 11 attacks have reinforced screen images of Arabs and Muslims as fanatics and villains, ingraining harmful stereotypes, argues an author on the subject...And besides being mean, Hollywood portraying terrorists as Arabs is not even realistic. I mean, who ever heard of an Arab terrorist? That's as ridiculous as portraying Nazis as white guys who speak German. Try it some time; no one would believe it for a second*.
"In the United States, you can say anything you want about Islam and Arabs and get away with it. In other words, as someone said, 'You can hit an Arab free ... There's nobody in authority, no political leader, no Hollywood personality who has taken a stand and said that demonizing Arabs and Muslims is the same as demonizing Jews or blacks or Asians or any other racial or ethnic group."
No, for the sake of reality, someone needs to tell Hollywood how terrorists are identified in real life.
* Which is why Hollywood has never made a movie with evil, German-speaking white Nazis in it.