There is a lot of criticism out there for the Channel 4 Documentary called “My Week As a Muslim” that was aired tonight.
A lot of it is based on the fact that a non Muslim was taken and “black-faced” to fit as a Muslim/Pakistani stereotype instead of actually talking to actual Muslims.
There are a lot of comments on it on Twitter, a lot of ridicule.
However I think that is part of what makes it a success.
A lot of the comments are accurate. It shouldn't take a white woman to disguise herself as a Pakistani Muslim woman to see the abuse and hate that Muslims can experience.
But it has taken that.
Hate crime is not a new thing. Racist attacks are not a new thing. Even murder of Muslims due to their beliefs is not a new thing.
But for many all of those can be shrugged off because they are happening to others, someone else that they do not identify with.
Those that do not shrug those incidents off are not the main target of this type of documentary. Everyone else is.
It really took a white woman to dress as a Pakistani Muslim for some people to think about the topic.