Well, maybe he should know — after all he is a military-aged Muslim man himself, but we can’t help thinking rapper and actor Riz Ahmed’s idea for fighting radical extremism is a little naive.
You might recognize Ahmed for his role in “Rogue One” as Bodhi Rook, a defected imperial pilot. He’s also known in Britain as the rapper Riz MC who in 2006, released a satirical social-commentary rap track entitled “Post 9/11 Blues.” The song was initially banned from British airplay because the lyrics were deemed “politically sensitive.”
You can make up your mind after watching it. Or not.
In any event, Ahmed thinks the solution is simple: just put more Muslims on TV.Per the Free Beacon, During a Thursday speech to Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture in Parliament, Ahmed urged television producers to embrace diversity and have more Muslim representation, or young people will feel alienated and will be more vulnerable to joining extremist groups.
“If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism,” Ahmed said.“In the mind of the ISIS recruit, he’s the next James Bond right? Have you seen some of those ISIS propaganda videos, they are cut like action movies,” he continued. “Where is the counter narrative? Where are we telling these kids they can be heroes in our stories, that they’re valued?”
Ahmed focused most of his criticism on the British television industry saying, “It takes American remakes of British shows to cast someone like me,” Ahmed said. “We end up going to America to find work. I meet with producers and directors here and they say ‘we don’t have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s.'”
It sure would be wonderful if stamping out militant Islamism were as easy as casting Riz Ahmed as the new James Bond…
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]