Opinion | Riz Ahmed Is Breaking Hollywood’s ‘Ethnicity Handcuffs’

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Since 9/11, and even earlier than, Hollywood’s portrayal of Muslims has emboldened inaccurate stereotypes of harmful villains or jihadist terrorists. In addition to misrepresenting Muslims, the business has additionally arguably underrepresented this inhabitants — one U.S.C. examine discovered Muslims represented 1.6 % of talking roles in current main movies. Actor, musician and activist Riz Ahmed is difficult this establishment in a profession that has included taking part in a guileless assistant struggling to make ends meet in “Nightcrawler” and a drummer who loses his listening to within the movie “Sound of Metal.” In 2021, he grew to become the primary Muslim to be nominated for a greatest actor Oscar — an accolade he discovered “bittersweet.”

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In this dialog, Kara Swisher and Ahmed talk about how far Hollywood has — or hasn’t — are available addressing the misrepresentation of Muslims and discuss concerning the energy of streaming platforms like Netflix and HBO Max to catalyze extra genuine and numerous storytelling. They additionally dive into Ahmed’s newest undertaking — “Mogul Mowgli,” which the artist describes as “a personal exploration of home and identity and, really, where you’re from and what that means.”

(A full transcript of the episode will likely be obtainable noon on the Times web site.)

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