Hey, Hollywood: You Could Learn From Comics on Islamophobia
New Muslim-American superhero shows what can be done: Muaaz Khan
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2013 1:51 PM CST
This comic book image released by Marvel Comics shows character Kamala Khan , second left, with her family.   (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)

(Newser) – The world is about to get a new superhero, courtesy of Marvel Comics, who just happens to be a smart Muslim-American teen girl. Well done, writes Muaaz Khan at the Guardian, who hopes the fictional Kamala Khan proves to be just as much of a role model for young Muslims as the real-life Malala Yousufzai. Once again, the comic-book industry is leading the way on battling an entrenched stereotype, so maybe Hollywood and TV could take a hint?

Islam has replaced communism as the great evil to be fought on screens big and small, writes Khan. "What began in the '90s with movies such as Executive Decision and The Siege has ballooned with television series such as 24 and Homeland." It doesn't have to be this way. Maybe it's "time that other creative industries take a page from the comic book industry and assume responsibility for their role in influencing the subconscious of our society and our perception of others." Click for Khan's full column.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 18, 2013 10:27 PM CST
There is often a comparison of religious zealots in the US to those in the Middle East. You mention the nutters in Kansas who protest funerals. Well, to date, they have only held up homophobic signs and statie that God kills soldiers. Now take a funeral procession in Iran or Afghanistan and the other side of their brand of Islam blows up the funeral procession. I can't think of a better comparison.
BCWills
Nov 14, 2013 8:00 AM CST
I've never been to a Muslim country, I don't have any Muslims friends, I've never read a scholarly book about Islam or Islamic culture, but I'm afraid of things that are different. In closing here is a racist statement that could be easily disproved by anyone who took an intro to religion course their freshmen year.
WarmWeatherGuy
Nov 14, 2013 12:31 AM CST
Why have a superhero that believes things without evidence? We now have a superhero that believes in crossing her fingers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGsfxkCmHvo