Posts Tagged “stereotypes”

Racial Coca Cola Superbowl Ad could have different twist

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Coca Cola has a new Super Bowl commercial that portrays Arabs in a racial stereotype, dragging a camel across a desert, in competition with a biker gang, gaggle of cow boys and a bus load of Las Vegas hookers. If we’re going to use stereotypes for anything, how about to use them to stop the sae of cancer-causing sodas like Coca Cola? Or is that not a stereotype enough?

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Perception and reality still at conflict in Arab world

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Perception and reality still at conflict in Arab world By RAY HANANIA Yalla peace: Female beauty in West is considered important factor, while in Islamic world has been considered haram, a sin.  05/30/2012 JERUSALEM POST — here has always been a battle over the issue of beauty pageants involving Arabs and Muslims, representing the clash between…

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Yalla Peace: Out of place with irrationality

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Yalla Peace: Out of place with irrationality By RAY HANANIA  04/03/2012 JERUSALEM POST — I have always felt more out of place in Arab-Israeli conflict than Edward Said felt out of place in life. By J Street I have always felt more out of place in the Arab-Israeli conflict than author Edward Said felt out…

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The power of film not given its due in the Middle East

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The power of film not given its due in the Middle East By RAY HANANIA 02/22/2012 JERUSALEM POST Yalla Peace: I’ve always asked where is the Arab-made version of ‘Exodus’? Many say the pen is mightier than the sword, but today film is mightier than the pen. Every year at this time, our attention turns to…

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09-27-09 See good when confronting bad in Hollywood films

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Hollywood has churned out an almost endless chum of films filled with anti-Arab and anti-Muslim stereotypes that reflect an exaggerated dramatic theme rather than a reality. It also reflects the stereotypical hatred and dislike that some conservatives, partisan political and religious groups, and others have towards Arabs. But we need to also recognize that as this changes to be more balanced, some of the criticism that we knee-jerk cast as hate is really a reflection of problems that do exist in the Arab and Muslim world today. We have our share of extremists. Let’s not pretend they don’t exist but let’s change the Hollywood and TV industry’s cynical and hate-driven segments that insist on casting all Arabs and Muslims as villains. There is an middle ground evolving and we Arabs and Muslims should be the first to recognize it.

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06-18-09 Arab Labor: Using humor in Israeli sitcom to change perceptions of Arab citizens

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Arab Labor: A humorous sitcom that turns tragedy into understanding By Ray Hanania — The life of an Arab citizen is anything but funny. Just ask my relatives who live in several Israeli cities. Non-Jews in a Jewish world caught on the edge of the wall that separates Palestinians from Israelis. Yet, that’s exactly the premise…

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HANANIA: Noble mission of Bridges Muslim TV falters in wake of founders tragedy, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 02-14-09

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Noble mission of Bridges Muslim TV falters in wake of founders tragedy By Ray Hanania — When Bridges TV first launched in 2004, there was great hope that it would do two things: First, open the door to Arab and Muslims to portray themselves accurately through engaging and professional journalism. And, more importantly, address the…

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COMIC: Bias in Hollywood keeps great movie on Arabs from Americans, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Jan. 26, 2009

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COMIC: Bias in Hollywood keeps great movie on Arabs from Americans, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Jan. 26, 2009

Click Comic Strip to view larger image Ray Hanania’s World Comic Strips http://www.ProfessiveComicStrips.blogspot.com American East, a great movie on the Arab American experience, never made it to theatrical release, but is now available on DVD. Buy it if you care about correcting the reality of Sept. 11, 2001 and the stereotypes of Arab Americans.

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HANANIA: American East: Movie review — a powerful portrayal of Arab Americans after Sept. 11, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN. 26, 2009

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American East: Movie review — a powerful portrayal of Arab Americans after Sept. 11 By Ray Hanania — All Mustafa an Egyptian American Muslim widower ever wanted to do was live the “American Dream.” And, maybe pay off some family debts, turn his small New Jersey falafel shop into a fancy restaurant, raise his two…

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HANANIA: “The Kingdom” Movie Review, finally a good film, For Immediate Release, 10-01-07

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Finally a decent American Hollywood movie on Arabs By Ray Hanania — There have been so many biased movies made in Hollywood about Arabs and the Middle East, I went to see “The Kingdom” this week ready to mine for even a glimmer of hope that pattern might change. I left the movie theater feeling…

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