While the media depicts all these happy la-la land shows with a white cast as the majority, the news is moving in a somewhat opposite direction with minorities. Focusing on those of the Muslim faith, I want to draw attention to how the media has grouped all Muslims as one tidal wave of terrorists, who are Middle Eastern and anti-Western.
I believe this image captures our general perception of Muslims:
This portrayal has been termed, ‘Islamophobia‘, which was sparked by the media putting a Middle-Eastern face to ‘terrorism’. For over a decade the media have generated this islamphobic view of all Muslims, which is then becoming reinforced by politicians because of the media’s influence on their voters. I thought at least in the recent year, people were being more aware of this terrorist hysteria and seeing it for what it was: hysteria with a face. That was until I was shown this clip, posted in May, LAST YEAR:
I was also shocked to find a friend of mine making an offhand comment a few months ago about seeing a woman wearing a hijab (head scarf) and how he was secretly scared she was a terrorist. He was intimidated by her because of the media’s influence in branding Muslims as a whole.
I find it interesting that while I clearly remember viewing and discussing excessively about Sheik al-Hilali’s comment on women as meat, I have no recollection of a news item that came out a year later whereby Mecca Laalaa became the first Muslim lifesaver in Australia. (In fact, I only discovered this through an episode of SBS’ ‘Insight’ I viewed recently). Why isn’t there more positive coverage and media attention on positive developments in Australia? Perhaps the media were too busy creating another terrorist angle that week…
So, where to from here?
As you can see from my previous posts, the marginalisation in the media is clearly a global issue that needs to be properly addressed. We need for the media to represent the world as the widely diverse place that it is. Minorities have been outcast in the media’s ‘white’ world for far too long. This must come to an end.
Visit the ACMA website on this link, and make a stance today.