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Stereotyping of Arabs in Western media
Journalism & Communication
Pages 10 (2510 words)
The presentation of Arabs in western media has, from the very beginning been in the negative light since they have been presented as a race of people who are steeped in religion and outdated traditions. Arabs have been portrayed as being some of the most violent people in the world, often plotting, one way or another, for the destruction of a westerner, who in the movies is often the hero…
This has created a mentality of us against them, where producers still unconsciously perceive the Arabs, and Muslims in general, as being the enemy, although they would never to such a thing. The various events which have taken place in the twentieth century have worked to strengthen this opinion of Arabs, as seen where the latter are looked upon as being a violent people, whose religious fanaticism is the cause of all the major conflicts in the world today. The events leading to the September 11 attacks and its aftermath have all been blamed on Arabs, who are seen as having had a direct hand in these events. The fact that a majority of the Arab people in the world are just regular people like any other westerner seems not to have been put into consideration as many of them have become victims of racially instigated attacks because of who they are and what they look like. According to Hussein (2010, p118) Hollywood films that feature Arabs are examples of the inherent racism that has long been established in western media and that the fact that these films are shown in public comes to influence how its audience views the Arab people. ...
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