Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs After 9/11

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Appearing in July of 2001, Reel Bad Arabs reviewed the rampant prejudiced stereotyping of Arab characters in Hollywood movies. Following up on that work here, Shaheen (emeritus, mass communication, Southern Illinois U.) examines the situation following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Not surprisingly, he catalogues continuing negative portrayals of Arabs in Hollywood films, but he does find positive portrayals in about a third of the films he reviews. He also takes stock of the situation on American television, where he finds that the Arab has become "TV's new bogeyman," and discusses possible solutions. In the second half of the book, he includes short individual discussions of each film examined. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
In Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11, Jack G. Shaheen asks: Has 9/11 changed how Arabs are portrayed by Hollywood? In an examination of more than a hundred movies made since then, Shaheen finds many of the same stereotypes - shady sheikhs, evil terrorists, silent veiled women - he documented so powerfully in his definitive Reel Bad Arabs. But he also finds unexpected hope in a growing number of films that feature more complicated, fully human portrayals of Arabs.
Guilty is an essential volume for anyone concerned with the power of Hollywood to shape public opinion and with the US's role in the Arab world.

Publisher: Northampton, Mass. : Olive Branch Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781566566841
Characteristics: xxiii, 198 p. ; 23 cm


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