There is a new Muslim character on a US television show and she is one of the good guys – actually, she is a superhero.
Iranian-American Tala Ashe will star in season 3 of DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow” as the character “Zari,” a Muslim-American hactivist from the year 2042.
Executive producers Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim, created the character partly in response to the anti-Muslim rhetoric that came from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“A lot of my work as an artist has been about representing not only Muslim characters, but immigrant characters or third culture kids in an accurate, nuanced way,” Ashe told BuzzFeed News
“I’m definitely looking to further do that on this show. I think it’s very powerful to see yourself expressed in media and speaking specifically to the Muslim-American thing. Because of the climate of our world and what’s going on, I think the depictions primarily in media and of course in the news have been overwhelmingly negative about Muslims and Muslim-Americans. So I think it’s even more essential.”
She added that there were many Muslim characters on television and in film, but added: “I haven’t encountered many like this who are being represented as like, this is just another person who is part of the tapestry of America. That I love.”