Study: Middle Eastern actors ignored by TV

Olivia Newton-John
Updated 12 September 2018
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Study: Middle Eastern actors ignored by TV

  • The study warned that such depictions can contribute to the rise of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant sentiment in American society

LOS ANGELES: Actors and characters of Middle Eastern and North African descent are either ignored by TV or stereotyped, according to a new study by a California-based university.
The few such actors who get work are largely confined to playing tyrants and terrorists, said the study released Monday.
One percent of regularly seen TV series actors have roots in countries including Egypt and Turkey. But estimates show about 3 percent of the US population, 10 million people, are from the region, said the study’s lead author, Biola University associate professor Nancy Wang Yuen.
Researchers who examined 242 scripted prime-time series on broadcast, cable and streaming during the 2015-16 season found that between 90 percent and 97 percent had no characters of Middle Eastern or North African ethnicity.
When those characters do appear, 78 percent are tyrants or trained terrorists, agents or soldiers, the study said. Most speak with obvious foreign accents.
The study warned that such depictions can contribute to the rise of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant sentiment in American society.


$18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

540 packages of cocaine were found in 45 boxes of bananas. (AFP)
Updated 9 min 58 sec ago
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$18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

  • Federal officials and the US Customs and Border Protection are investigating

HOUSTON: Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a Facebook post that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas that were donated because they were already ripe. The donation arrived Friday.
The department says sergeants who picked up the boxes found a bundle of a white powdery substance under the bananas. US customs officials were called to the scene, and authorities say 540 packages of cocaine were found in 45 boxes of bananas.
The department says federal officials and the US Customs and Border Protection are investigating.