Riz Ahmed backs study that finds Muslims underrepresented in Hollywood

The Academy Award-nominated star is among the backers of a brand-new research study which takes a look at the representation of Muslims in Hollywood.

Ahmed partnered with advocacy company Pillars Fund and the Ford Structure to sponsor the research study “Missing & Maligned: The Reality of Muslims in Popular Global Movies,” which was launched by Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Addition Effort.

“The groundbreaking study includes a quantitative and qualitative exploration of Muslim representation in 200 popular films from the U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand released between 2017 and 2019,” according to the Pillars Fund website. “The results point to the scope of the problem and have prompted action from this coalition of voices to tackle some of the underlying reasons for the lack of Muslims in popular movies.”

Regardless of being among the fastest-growing groups worldwide, according to the Pillars Fund the research study discovered “Less than 2% of more than 8,500 speaking characters across the films examined were Muslim. When the movies were examined by country of origin, 5.6% of characters in 32 Australian films were Muslim, as were 1.1% of characters in 100 U.S. movies, and 1.1% of characters in 63 U.K. films.”

“The representation of Muslims on screen feeds the policies that get enacted, the people that get killed, the countries that get invaded,” Ahmed stated in a declaration. “The data doesn’t lie. This study shows us the scale of the problem in popular film, and its cost is measured in lost potential and lost lives.”

In a video revealing the research study Ahmed acknowledged that he is among a couple of Muslim stars in Hollywood who have the ability to represent characters who are “either non-Muslim or unremarkably Muslim.”

“I ask myself if I’m the exception to the rule, what must the rule be about people like me?,” he stated. “What must the unwritten rule be about Muslims, a quarter of the world’s population and their place in our stories, our culture and their place in our society, if any?”

The report likewise discovered that when Muslims do appear in movies they are extremely represented “as outsiders, threatening, and as subservient, particularly to white characters.”

Ahmed, the Pillars Fund and the Ford Structure have actually produced $25,000 fellowships for Muslim writers to assist enhance Muslim representation.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.