Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Reel Bad Arabs" Screened in Hollywood

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Reel Bad Arabs" Screened in Hollywood

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THE HOLLYWOOD premiere of Jack Shaheen's "Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People" took place June 20 at the Directors Guild of America.

In his introduction to the screening, Pulitzer-Prize winning Los Angeles Times TV critic Howard Rosenberg noted that, at some time, Hollywood has stereotyped just about every ethnic group. Nonetheless, Rosenberg, the first critic to discuss Arab stereotyping in his columns, said he hopes more positive images can be worked into future scripts.

Shaheen's documentary-the culmination of six years of work under a grant from the Media Education Foundation of Massachusetts-opens with silent motion picture renditions of lecherous sheikhs seducing Western women. These early stereotypes evolved into ruthless oil billionaires who kidnapped blondes for their harems in the 1950s and '60s.

Noting that Washington and Hollywood spring from the same DNA, Shaheen theorizes that the 1974 petroleum shortage and Iranian hostage crisis of the 1980s fueled even more plots about the evil perpetrated by Arabs and Muslims. …

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