Hollywood Journal Publishes MPAC Op-ed on Need for Muslim Representation in Hollywood

February 20, 2014

On Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, the Hollywood Journal engaged in a much-needed conversation on the low representation of Muslims in Hollywood by publishing “Changing the Narrative of Muslims in Hollywood,” an op-ed by Sue Obeidi, MPAC’s Director of Operations and the Head of MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau.

In the op-ed, Obeidi made a poignant and touching point that if Muslims want to see a better world for themselves and others, “we need to change the narrative in Hollywood by telling our own stories.” The entertainment industry is where we need to be contributing.

SEE: “Changing the Narrative of Muslims in Hollywood” (The Hollywood Journal)

For more than 20 years, MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau has been a bridge between the Muslim community and the entertainment industry, serving as a resource on Islam and Muslims to Hollywood, nurturing creative talent and connecting filmmakers, writers and actors with Hollywood professionals. 

In the past year, the Bureau hosted an event honoring hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, held the third annual Hollywood Summit to connect young American Muslims with Hollywood insiders and honored “5 Broken Cameras,” “Bones” and the Sundance Film Institute for their Voices of Courage and Conscience at its 22nd annual Media Awards.

Obeidi’s op-ed in part reads:

“I wanted to help more accurately represent our community by promoting greater understanding by and of others. To be ‘tolerated’ wasn’t going to be enough for me. The word tolerance sometimes reminds me of a hospital chart that gauges the level of pain that a patient feels. For Islam and Muslims, I wanted acceptance and respect.”

Read the full op-ed here.



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