- Paperback: 617 pages
- Publisher: Interlink Books; 4th edition (28 Mar. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1566567521
- ISBN-13: 978-1566567527
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People Paperback – 28 Mar 2015
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Caricatured villains are as vital to the movie business as car chases and shoot-outs. But the spotlight of derision shifts. When blacks were no longer shiftless jokes, the Asians no longer the Yellow Peril, and good Indians no longer had to be dead Indians, Arabs became the all-purpose bad-guys. Countless movies have portrayed them as loathsome lechers who terrorize, murder, and finally die in droves. In 'Reel Bad Arabs' scholar Jack Shaheen exposes in appalling detail this nightmare side of the Hollywood dream machine. --Christopher Dickey, Middle East Editor for Newsweek Magazine
About the Author
Jack G. Shaheen, a former CBS News consultant on Middle East affairs, is the world's foremost authority on media images of Arabs and Muslims. He is the author of 'Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture', 'Nuclear War Films', and the award-winning 'TV Arab'.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a depressing account. Arabs are treated as sub-humans. They are killed like pigeons in films like 'Rules of Engagement' and 'True Lies'. Few have spoken out against this blatant racism.
It has been allowed to become part of popular culture virtually unchallenged.
If you substituted any other racial group (with the possible exception of the North Koreans!) these slurs would create an uproar.
Jack Shaheen acted as a consultant on the film 'Three Kings' which was unusual in giving a more sensitive and complex depiction of Arabs. Since 9/11 and the war against and occupation of Iraq, however, the Movie industry has reverted to type.
All this has a political effect. One can only imagine how it colours perception of the war in Iraq and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
A timely work.
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Dr. Shaheen doesn't make the argument that all portrayals of Arabs should be positive, just that there need be a balance. Like it or not, Hollywood's films contribute to perceptions throughout the world. Aside from the barrage on the self-esteem of young Arab-Americans, stereotypical portrayals such as this are dangerous as they justify violence and civil rights violations that will eventually affect all Americans.
To think this book only affects Arabs and Arab-Americans would be a mistake. Once civil liberties are violated for one group, others will follow. I highly recommend it.
ethnic groups have been villains in Hollywood films. But it is clear from
Shaheen's book that vilification of Arabs in U.S. films has been going on for
a century. In early silents, almost every ethnic group, other than Northern
Europeans and Americans descended from them, was disparaged in many films,
including Jews. Anti-Semitism in films abruptly vanished in the 1920s when
film production was consolidated under the major studios, most of which were
run by Jews. Gradually bigotry against other groups, such as Italians,
became non-respectable and disappeared from films. During World War II
the Germans and Japanese were of course vilifed, but prejudice against Chinese
vanished from films for the first time. And after the war, the Germans and
Japanese were quickly rehabilitated as their countries became U.S. allies.
Bigotry against blacks became non-respectable and mostly disappeared from
films in the 1950s, during the Civil Rights movement. Hispanics were treated
with respect a while later, I would say beginning in the 1960s, although there
had always been Zorro and the Cisco Kid. Only Arabs have been targeted
consistently for generations.
A user's review says that 71% of American films have American villains. But these
films also probably all have American heroes. Even films with bad Americans and
good foreigners wouldn't cause Americans to dislike themselves, but decades of
Arab-baiting in Hollywood have helped make Arabs and Muslims in general so
disliked that politicians have concluded that attacking them is a good way to
get elected. Documenting this makes Shaheen's book one of the most important
books to appear in the past several years.