The Yellow Dog Blog

More meaningless ramblings from another guy you don't know

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

We don't need no stinkin' fundamentalists

Deborah Hornblow doesn't like what she sees in the latest season of Fox's series, 24. In her words, they've gone way over the line and are only continuing

...America's (and the rest of the world's, for that matter) not-so-proud history of demonizing various ethnic groups for the sake of our national amusement.

What is 24's sin? Why, depicting a group of - get ready for this - Islamic fundamentalists plotting against the U.S. I know, I know, shear balderdash and poppycock. Imagine how far out of their way the show's writers had to go to conjure such a far-fetched plot line just to smear an innocent monority group and feed our need for an enemy to hate.

James Lileks
is all over the case, pointing out that years of movies with American Indians and Italian mafiosi shown in less-than-glowing light hasn't resulted in Americans thinking that all Indians or Italians are bad guys. As he says, "As for goose-stepping Nazis ? well, if the jackboot fits, Fritz, wear it."


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