Friday, March 03, 2017

The Farce Is With Him

I have a bad feeling about this:
“If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism,” Ahmed said, according to the Guardian. He insisted that insufficient outreach to minority actors could lead them to “switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria.”

The actor — best known in the U.S. for his roles in last year’s Star Wars prequel Rogue One and in the HBO series The Night Of — delivered his warning during Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture in the British Parliament.

“In the mind of the ISIS recruit, he’s the next James Bond, right? Have you seen some of those ISIS propaganda videos, they are cut like action movies,” Ahmed said. “Where is the counter narrative? Where are we telling these kids they can be heroes in our stories, that they [are] valued?”

“If we don’t step up and tell a representative story, we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with ISIS in Syria,” he continued. “We are going to see the murder of more MPs like Jo Cox because we’ve been mis-sold a story that is so narrow about who we are and who we should be.”
Because they all want to be Imperial troopers, or something...

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