Thanks for the (surprisingly detailed) reply … doesn’t really sound like my cup of tea. It’s just frustrating, first of all, that a show that is supposed to be a hard-hitting, realistic examination of the War On Terror ™ would get so much wrong about the Middle East. But there do seem to be some pretty problematic things there. Actually, the idea that a whole cross-section of the Muslim population (even the supposedly ‘liberal, Westernized’ ones) is part of a terrorist sleeper cell is almost worse than having it just be cave-dwellers. IT COULD BE ANYONE! I think that, plus what you are saying about inconsistent tone, soap-operaness, etc. could make it just too frustrating too watch. PS Don’t know what someone downvoted you before.
so how Islamophobic is this show really? I’ve never seen it, heard it’s really good but then I also hear things like how they showed al-Hamra street in Beirut as some sort of terrorist rat’s-warren of evil Arabs where the heads of al-Qaida and Hezbollah conspire together (which is already treading dangerously close to some RILL stupid Saddam-Hussein-and-9/11-plus-Iran Axis of Evil type shit) when it’s actually full of chichi espresso bars (and actual bars?). Personally, I would prefer to have the terrorist leaders walk into an actual Hamra bar, order a couple of basil mojitos, and complain about how the wi-fi connection is too slow. So, I guess my question is: yo, is this racist?
Hey, nice namedropping! My girlfriend is Judith Butler’s student! Also, the ‘joke’ is a)not funny b) not a joke c) heinously offensive. That is all.
yo, ma’moul is delicious
They use this phrase in Syria too (except it’s pronounced Mogholi) … my Arabic teacher used it in class to chastise us in what she thought was a perfectly harmless way and we were all like “did you just say what I think you said or is my Arabic worse than I thought it was?” and she went on to matter-of-factly explain the phrase, just all the gory details of how people with mental disabilities are supposedly similar to Mongolians, and we just stared at her like “no, we got it, thanks.” In summation, the best rebuttal to the “why-are-we-all-so-sensitive-and-PC” argument is to go somewhere where people are ACTUALLY not at all sensitive about this kind of thing. Yikes.