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ABC cancels controversial pilot Alice of Arabia following backlash

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“The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned,” said an ABC rep. Photograph: c.W. Disney/Everett/Rex Feature

“The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned,” said an ABC rep. Photograph: c.W. Disney/Everett/Rex Feature

by theguardian.com

Script, about an American girl kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian family, had been condemned by Council on American-Islamic Relations

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ABC Family has called time on controversial pilot Alice of Arabia following widespread condemnation of its premise, which had been accused of racial and cultural stereotyping.

The project, which was greenlit just last week, was to centre on “a rebellious American teenage girl” who is kidnapped by her Saudi Arabian family. Writer Brooke Eickmeier penned the pilot while working as a US army cryptologic linguist. Following an enormous backlash on social media, Buzzfeed obtained an early draft and dismissed the script as“exactly what critics feared”.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations had requested a meeting with ABC representatives last week. “We are concerned that, given media references to the main character ‘surviving life behind the veil’, the pilot and any resulting series may engage in stereotyping that can lead to things like bullying of Muslim students,” said CAIR-LA executive director Hussam Ayloush. “We urge ABC Family Channel to meet with representatives of the Muslim and Arab American communities to discuss this important issue.”

Following the uproar, ABC issued a statement announcing that Alice of Arabia would not go ahead. “The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned, and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project,” they said.

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12 Comments »

  1. Wtf…why did they even consider this?

    Am I really living in this world?

  2. Good riddance. Insha’allah.

  3. It’s sad it happens IRL, and it’s just a sad consequence of religiousness in general. I’d sooner see them choose a different, less controversial topic for that kind of show (though it wouldn’t draw the same kind of interest). Maybe someone getting kidnapped by some Hasides or some other fundamentalist?

  4. Let’s cancel everything that might offend someone.
    Offended by what?
    The story seems silly … so what?
    TV is full of silly bullshit.
    Just don’t watch it.

    If we search for TV-shows stereotyping
    minorities, we would have to cancel many shows.

    Freedom of speech guarantees to depict
    what the artist wants to depict.
    There is no sign of hate-speech in it (yet)

  5. I have no problem with anyone rightfully displaying what a repugnant society Saudi Arabia is, but this show will only make the ignorant American population even more islamophobic than they already are.

  6. ABC Family was threatened with litigation jihad from Hamas-CAIR if they didn’t get their way.

  7. But they had a positive show on TLC about Muslims and it was cancelled because the ratings were so low.

    Americans are willfully ignorant and hateful. They don’t want to know the truth because they need bogeymen to validate their existence because American society is based on a culture of superiority and competition.

  8. But they had a positive show on TLC about Muslims and it was cancelled because the ratings were so low.

    Americans are willfully ignorant and hateful. They don’t want to know the truth because they need bogeymen to validate their existence because American society is based on a culture of superiority and competition.

  9. Dafuq? If you want to check out a story about a Muslim-American girl, check out the new Ms. Marvel comic. It’s 100% less racist, and all kinds awesome.

  10. The name alone sounds dumb

  11. Darrell King, not without my daughter is one story, there are many fathers of all different nationalities kidnapping their children. Now the truth, Saudi Arabians are doing something very wrong with their daughters, by marriage at a young age, but not all Muslims do this or agree with it. Saudi’s are not my favorite, and they take the Shari Law to the extreme and forget that Allah also said to USE common sense!!!

  12. Darrell, kidnappings in America by Americans in one year is by far more than all the kidnappings by middle easterners in the last 25. Stop watching foxnews

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