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CAIR Seeks Meeting with FX on Possible Stereotypes in ‘Tyrant’
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/30/14) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said it has asked the Fox subsidiary FX Networks for a meeting to discuss community concerns about potential Islamophobic stereotyping in the upcoming series “Tyrant” due to air June 24.
According to the network, “Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.”
In a letter to FX CEO John Landgraf, CAIR wrote in part:
“Because of these [community] concerns, we respectfully request an opportunity to view and comment on the series content prior to its air date. We also request a meeting at your convenience between FX representatives and leaders of the American Muslim community to discuss ways in which we can help mitigate the possible negative impact of this series on the lives of ordinary American Muslims…
“We have no desire to inhibit the creative process or your right to produce any entertainment content you wish. However, it is our duty to defend the safety of the American Muslim community and help ensure the accurate portrayal of Muslims and Islam.”
The letter also noted that CAIR has challenged actual and potential anti-Muslim stereotypes in productions such as ABC Family network’s “Alice in Arabia,” “Executive Decision,” “24,” “The Siege,” “True Lies,” “Rules of Engagement,” “Obsession,” “The Third Jihad,” “Jihad in America,” and “The Sum of All Fears.”
This is what the Tyrant Website has to say about it:
The FX series, developed by”24″ and “Homeland” alums Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff focuses on the son of a Middle Eastern dictator who returns home for the first time in 20 years.
FX has placed a series order for the dramaTYRANT from Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning producers Howard Gordon (24, HOMELAND) and Gideon Raff (HOMELAND), and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright , it was announced by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions.
Tyrant tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland, accompanied by his American wife and children, for his nephew’s wedding. Barry’s reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth.
The ensemble cast includes Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias, Noah Silver, Anne Winters, Fares Fares, Salim Daw, Justin Kirk, Jordana Spiro, Mehdi Dehbi, and Alice Krige.
Tyrant is one of the hottest of the new dramas screening for international broadcasters at MIPTV this week. 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, which is handling world sales for the series, is counting on the international appeal of the Israeli-shot (even better!) series.
Here are some trailers:
Hit Piece from The Arab Daily News