Shattering Stereotypes: Media Images of Arabs
Popular depictions of Arabs range from a menacing Saddam Hussein to camel caravans and oil-rich sheikhs to the movie Aladdin. The World Trade Center bombing fills the news. Arab terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, we are informed, threaten Western civilization. There is a decisive connection between media representations and public attitudes. Repetitive distortions defame an entire group. History is replete with examples of the dangers of prejudice.
Jack Shaheen wrote Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. He was Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University and a former CBS News consultant on the Middle East. Hetackled anti-Arab stereotyping in pop culture and media. Jack Shaheen passed away in July 2017 at the age of 81.