What many of these criticizers, not critics, fail to realize is that actions have consequences. I would love to see a second season of All-American Muslim (AAM) that comes to Jackson Heights in Queens to do South Asian Muslims, or to Chicago to cover African-American Muslims. So, what these criticizers did is to create a narrative that even Muslims don’t believe that this show represents Muslims. There was no positive or constructive criticism, just complaints that the critics themselves weren’t on TV. It takes work and effort to build up and represent a community. Instead of putting in that effort, it was easier for the criticizers to say it was a bad show. I wonder how many of these individuals put the same time and effort in writing their representatives about the National Defense Authorization Act.
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