Discuss about the Racism of Media Against the Middle Eastern Countries.
Usually, the in our everyday life media has significant influence in order to make the perceptions on the Middle East countries. However, the reality is that the Middle East countries have the people from various ethnicities and cultural background who come from the various countries. The North American media for several years is adamant to refer the people from Middle East as Arab and willingly neglect the other fact history of the other races and culture. Besides this, the Middle East a vast area of the world and there are many different countries and the people of Middle East practice different religion apart from Islam as well as speak in various language other than the Arabic language (Alsultany, 2013). However, the western media have septic perceptions about the entire region, which are very stereotype as well misinterpret the people of the Middle East with incorrect data and information in respect of the religion and language of the Middle East people. For example there are many people in Middle East who practice Christianity as well as there is non- Arabic country such as Iran, which is one of the largest nation of the Middle East and has different racial context and language. Unfortunately, the American media houses are not honest with the information they expose to the viewers in respect of the background of the Middle East people.
Historically it has been depicted that North American media has always been misrepresenting the area in a very disrespectful manner. In regarding the cultures, it has been stereotyping the people with depicting the offensive comments and the behaviors. In addition to this, the drawing of the incorrect pictures regarding the way of living their lifestyle is provided to the viewer. For example, the media has seemed to be deceiving the individuals with the specific pictures that are showed to the viewer with the help of the news bulletins and thereby it provides the specific characteristics that are rich, uneducated, angry emotions at times and the way of wearing special cloths (Bakali, 2013). These kinds of images displayed through the media channels seem to be offensive and thereby it does not represent the Middle Eastern cultures and behaviors. In addition to this Hollywood is becoming a stereotype in the regions of the middle east such as Arab which indicates the negative way for many years for many years and thereby due to these reasons the middle eastern actors seems to be playing major role in the terrorist and the religious close minded groups which depicts the primitive and the very evil people. Hollywood seems to be contributing in a bad way with representing the movie watchers depicting a bad idea about the Middle Eastern people treating their women’s. It henceforth determines the disrespect to the females of the Middle Eastern regions due to the dances that are represented in the Hollywood movies which are the Fatima Dance, belly dancers which represents the seductions of the men that are viewed (el-Aswad, 2013). Unfortunately the American media insulted the region of the Middle Eastern region with consisting of one stereotype in this case is depicted. In this way the American media insulted the cultures of the Middle Eastern regions with viewing the specific characters and behaviors in front of media.
The media of North America has been against the cultures and religions of Middle Eastern in racist way, where the big media organizations influence hate to Muslims and middle eastern in the tv shows and news and hire creators who have anti-Islam and anti Arab ideology which is clear in their discussions and shows where they use few actions to judge middle eastern. For instance, in Fox News an article was featured regarding terrorist attack by the Nigerian man in 2009, US where the guest of the show promoted the public for hate and fear towards the Middle Eastern because of the terrorist attack by the non middle eastern Muslim person and such case was used to justify the vicious claims and hate towards the middle east by showing the actions of few extremes to the whole world (Elseewi, 2015). Therefore, it was very clear that the media of North America starts to attack the middle east after the attack of terrorist in New York in September 11 , where islamophobia was promoted by media. The anti Arab competition was also promoted by media to the public. Many Middle Eastern community in America faced hate and discrimination because of the materials represented regarding Middle East and Islam in the movies and media which imposed a very negative impact on the people. Therefore, the media caused hate and fear towards middle eastern and Muslims where the hate cases and crimes against them statistically increased very high.
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