Friday, December 31, 2010

Katie Couric Thinks We Need A Muslim Version Of The Cosby Show To Help Change People's Opinions About The Religion

I'm going to vote "NO" on this one and honestly, even if there was a show about a Muslim family, it would have regular writers (not ones that would please the Muslim community) and if it were to be taken off the air, it would be slammed and executives would be called "racist" for doing so regardless is the ratings were good or not. It's a catch 22.
"The Cosby Show"...That show was one of a kind and very creative. Much like "Cheers" was. I just don't see it happening. Until the violence in the name of the religion subsides or stops completely, the thought of a show like that will not go over well.

Via Daily Caller: CBS anchor Katie Couric believes a “Muslim version of ‘The Cosby Show’” could open the eyes of Americans and perhaps put an end to all the ”seething hatred many people feel towards all Muslims.”

On her web show, Couric discussed 2010 in review with a panel, and among Couric’s biggest concerns about 2010 was the controversy surrounding the Park51 Islamic Cultural Center project.

“The bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories
to surface,” Couris said. “Of course, a lot of noise was made about the Islamic Center, mosque, down near the World Trade Center, but I think there wasn’t enough sort of careful analysis and evaluation of where this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and how this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong — and so disappointing.”

Fellow panelist and NPR regular Mo Rocca noted that societal changes need to be made when “really smart,” well educated people like him don’t know much about Islam.

“I’m pretty smart, and I can’t tell you … I mean I went to really fancy schools and I cannot tell you five things about Islam. I know almost nothing about a major world religion that sits at the intersection of so many issues that all are undeniably relevant to all of us,” Rocca said.

“Maybe we need a Muslim version of ’The Cosby Show,’” Couric replied. “I know that sounds crazy, I know that sounds crazy. But ‘The Cosby Show’ did so much to change attitudes about African Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand, like you, Mo … If they became part of the popular culture.”

In 2010, Faisal Shahzad, an American-born Muslim, was arrested for attempting to bomb Times Square. Later in 2010, Farooque Ahmed, a Muslim Pakistani American, was arrested for planning mass bombings of Washington Metrorail stations.

The video of Couric’s 2010 review can be found at Mediaite.

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