Stereotyping Muslims and Constructing the American Norm
During the last 12 years there has been a narrative that has been pushed by some within the film industry. This narrative that is being pushed is that people, especially in the Western World should be afraid of Muslims and Islam. This is what is known as Islamophobia. Since the attacks on 9/11 there has been an increase in this form of “fear mongering” and unfortunately it does not seem to be letting up. It is important to note that this form of propaganda is not a novel idea. Fear of Muslims has been around since the time of the Crusades, where it was a battle between Christianity and Islam. Although this dichotomy between the religions is still seen in the rhetoric of some in the Western world today, this fear has developed over the years. Today it is less about the religious beliefs of some and more about what their ideology advocates for. There is a fear that Islam will take over, inslave our women, govern us by strict Islamic law and take away our freedom. If you were to look at the film industry in the western world today, you will undoubtedly find instances where this form of propogation is seen throughout the film. This website is dedicated to finding and uncovering instances were film is used as a propaganda tool to promote this.