Right-Wingers to Hollywood: We Want More Racist Stereotypes! [VIDEO]
The latest wing-nut lament is that Hollywood simply refuses to indulge in racial stereotyping, or at least not enough of it given that we're engaged in a multi-front War on
Scary Brown People Terror.
Roy at Alicublog has been cataloguing the madness, here and here. The target of opportunity for this latest battle in the right's KulturKampf is the new Die Hard movie, which, according to the plenty-plaint, fails to reinforce the central assumptions about the Islamic world that have guided our response, and the right's night-sweats, since 9/11: that all towelheads are the same, and, of course, all (or at least most) are terrorists.
According to a profoundly stupid offering by Reihan Salam writing at Slate, the problem is that Hollywood is just unwilling to portray Muslims as bad guys!
The threat of al-Qaida terrorist attacks is currently scaring America stiff. But you'd be hard-pressed to find Muslim terrorists in any of today's blockbuster action movies, which instead offer such uncontroversial bad guys as killer aliens and abusive husbands. Why is Hollywood shying away from al-Qaida-like villains?Why indeed?