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Muslims make up 25% of the worldwide inhabitants and Islam is the fastest-growing faith on this planet — however Muslims best contain 1% of characters proven on standard televisions collection within the U.S., the U.Ok., Australia and New Zealand.
The ones are simply two of the findings in a brand new document issued Wednesday by means of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Researchers investigated 200 top-rated tv presentations from 2018 and 2019 that aired in those 4 international locations, and surveyed 8,885 characters with talking roles.
Aside from the numbers deficit, nearly all of the Muslim characters had been depicted as grownup Center Japanese or North African [MENA] males, although Muslims are probably the most racially and ethnically numerous spiritual team on this planet. Those characters had been additionally related to violent acts and behaviour. Over 30% of the 98 Muslim characters had been perpetrators of violence, whilst just about 40% had been objectives of such assaults. Not up to one-third had been portrayed as local English audio system, underscoring depictions of Muslims as “foreigners.”
Moreover, the ratio of male Muslim characters to feminine ones in those tv presentations is 174 to one; and when girls and lady characters d0 seem, they’re most often portrayed as “anxious and endangered.” Around the just about 9,000 characters surveyed as a part of the find out about, just one recognized as an LGBTQ Muslim.
“The findings on this find out about disclose how hardly content material creators take into consideration together with Muslims in standard storytelling– specifically women and girls,” stated Stacy L. Smith, founding father of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in a press free up issued along the find out about. “In consequence, audience must watch hours and hours of content material earlier than seeing even a unmarried portrayal of a Muslim persona– with much more time required to discover a portrayal that isn’t related to violence or extremism.”