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Most Vapid Idea Of The Year

A lot of people said a lot of stupid things last year, but this is probably my favorite: news reader Katie Couric thinks that America -- in the interest of embracing diversity and getting over its icky, racist ways -- needs a "Muslim Cosby show."

So... Americans will feel all warm and fuzzy about Muslims, and Muslims will feel all welcome and tolerated, if we have a Muslim-themed sitcom? Headed up by a successful Muslim father, a successful Muslim wife with a career of her own, and some lovable kids?

Oh, god, spare me.

I won't go into the particulars of just why this is such a bad idea for a successful TV series, but I will bring up one thing that ought to be a deal-breaker:

Muslims don't like to be laughed at.

In fact, some of them -- a significant number, if not necessarily a significant percentage -- dislike being laughed at so much, that they will take action against those who engineer the laughter. Up to the point of killing them.

Remember the Mohammed cartoons incident? A bunch of Danish cartoonists drew cartoons of Mohammed, and a Danish newspaper ran them. (I thought the angry-looking Mohammed with a bomb in his turban was especially funny and on-point.) The Muslim response to this mild japing? Riots. Death threats. Threats of retaliation against not just the cartoonists and the newspaper, but against all Danes and all westerners.

Remember when South Park wanted to feature Mohammed? They'd done it before, but this time, it was after the Danish cartoons mess. The message had changed: now it was, "yes, we have free speech and artistic freedom and no one has the right to not be offended, but these people don't issue press releases or file lawsuits -- they kill folks. So go ahead and keep pissing off most people, but don't piss off the crazies -- because freedom just isn't that important."

Islam does not have a great record for artistic criticism. The greatest moment in Islamic film critique was the assassination of Theo Van Gogh, and Islam's most famous literary critic was the Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued the death sentence for Salman Rushdie.

So, here's a TV sitcom that is supposed to feature a normal American family that happens to be Muslim, and their wacky adventures. How long before the studio or the network gets its first bomb threat? How long before the actors are threatened with death? And how long before some offended Muslim decides that the best way to react to this "insult" is in blood?

Hmm... but would that be really that bad? I mean, yeah, it would suck for the folks behind "Achmed And Family," but it just might wake up Hollywood to a bit of reality. They have their own fantasy land, where Muslims never do bad things. These are the same people who rewrote "The Sum Of All Fears" to change the bad guys from a Palestinian faction to European neo-Nazi businessmen, and put out an episode of "E-Ring" that featured radical Christians taking over a mosque and holding hostages. Perhaps a little taste of what their idea of "freedom" actually means -- and the price it demands -- would knock some sense into their heads.

Nah. They're too insulated.

But Katie Couric, for even suggesting that the best thing we can do to improve relations with Muslims is to laugh at them, and hopefully laugh with them... good lord, it takes a special kind of "smarts" to come up with something this stupid.

But I'd watch it anyway.


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Comments (30)

Vapid is pretty nice.... (Below threshold)
jim crane :

Vapid is pretty nice.

Why not do it up right, and... (Below threshold)

Why not do it up right, and have a Muslim Cosby with his four wives? And who aren't allowed to drive.

I've got a good idea for th... (Below threshold)

I've got a good idea for the title of the show. How about "Make Room for Jihadi". :-)

I imagine Mr. Cosby has som... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

I imagine Mr. Cosby has some colorful language with which to edify Cougar Colon on her effete fantasies.

And when it comes time for ... (Below threshold)
Brian The Adequate:

And when it comes time for the kids to rebel.....

Bingo- Perfect product placement opportunity for bacon!

Maybe this is not such a bad idea after all

"I'm going to stone you Ali... (Below threshold)

"I'm going to stone you Alice."
"Go to your bedroom Reza or I'll honor kill you."
"Kiss my falafel."
"Don't make a Mohammed out of a mole hill."
This is fun. ww

In the spirit of Krazy Kati... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

In the spirit of Krazy Katie's idea,Dennis Miller just came up with a Muslim children's show:
"Sharia Lewis and Hand Chop".

Papa Muslim could run a use... (Below threshold)

Papa Muslim could run a used car dealership, Mama muslim work as a pat down technician for the TSA. The kids could attend Madrassa with all their muslim friends etc. They could deal with difficult issues such as to whether or not it is ok for Jr to have sex before he blows up a bank/bridge etc, is it okay for the daughter to be sold to a cousin etc. Yup, would be a great sitcom. Would have to be on NBC since they normally suck with programming.

The Muslim Mr. Cosby could ... (Below threshold)

The Muslim Mr. Cosby could be a doctor too, then he can do the cliterectomy on his daughters himself! A particularly hilarious episode will be the one where he cuts off his daughters head with his sons help in an honor killing because his daughter is dating a Christian and wearing "Western" clothes.

Side-splittingly funny, that one.

Anyone else smell multiple Emmy Awards?

As I recall, the last movie with terrorism as it's main focus that had radical Islamists as the bad-guys was "True Lies" in 1994, a mere 17 YEARS ago.... We are well and truly f**ked, thanks to the Liberal PC world we let the Left enslave us in.

Katie Couric is another dum... (Below threshold)

Katie Couric is another dumb ----. You fill it in with your favorite 4 letter word.

It's been done<a h... (Below threshold)
"ALLAH KNOWS BEST"... (Below threshold)


Maybe one episode can be wh... (Below threshold)

Maybe one episode can be where we follow Dad around as he tracks down one of his daughters for an "honor" killing, and arranges a marriage for another 8 year old daughter. Lots of giggles there.

Kute Katie is a freaking idiot.

Somehow my comment ended up... (Below threshold)

Somehow my comment ended up in another thread...

"72 is enough"

"I mean, yeah, it would suc... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"I mean, yeah, it would suck for the folks behind "Achmed And Family," but it just might wake up Hollywood to a bit of reality. "

So....it's a win-win. A few Hollywoodies get beheaded, a few Hollywoodies wake up.

Everyone wins!

(yeah, it's /s.

please check out <a href="h... (Below threshold)
I've got some better show i... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I've got some better show ideas:

"The Fresh Wahbist Prince of Bel Air"
"Everybody Loves Mahmmoud"
"[email protected]# My Imam Says"
"Married....with 44 Children"
"Diff'rent Religions—Die, Infidel!"

SNL had it right in the 70'... (Below threshold)
Brett :

SNL had it right in the 70's = the Bel-Arabs!

The Bel-ArabsLet m... (Below threshold)

The Bel-Arabs

Let me tell you a story about a man named Abdul
A poor desert rat, barely kept his family full
Then one day he was shootin' at some Jews
And up from the ground came a bubbling crude.

You clearly dont know any M... (Below threshold)

You clearly dont know any Muslims. Here in the UK many of my neighbours and friends are Muslim. They have a perfectly normal sense of humour. You know why? - because they are human beings just like you and me. What is it with Americans that makes them need to demonise everyone who doesnt share their views. Your blog shows the truth behind so-called American multi-culturalism - it is a lie.

As for the TV show - it has been done very successfully in the UK. "Goodness Gracious Me" was a BBC comedy series produced, written, directed and starring Muslims and Hindus of Indian and Pakistani ethnic background. It was very very funny and included a lot of self mockery. It was a warm-hearted programme that even made bigots like you look human.

Couric represents the horri... (Below threshold)
PIle of Pooh:

Couric represents the horrific end results of a career built on promotion-by-casting-couch.

Losen your tourbon prustage... (Below threshold)

Losen your tourbon prustage. We are having levity. That is where we satirize, etc. If you cannot play, get out. ww

You clearly dont ... (Below threshold)
Brett :
You clearly dont know any Muslims. Here in the UK many of my neighbours and friends are Muslim. They have a perfectly normal sense of humour. You know why? - because they are human beings just like you and me. What is it with Americans that makes them need to demonise everyone who doesnt share their views. Your blog shows the truth behind so-called American multi-culturalism - it is a lie.

I guess it's the 3000 people that got blown up and burned to death by Muslims. I guess it's because they are killing people for putting out a cartoon they didn't like. I guess it's because they use religious reasoning to accuse rape victims of adultery. I guess it's because they either stand by while their fellow zealots lob rockets at elementary schools or come up with some sort of half-assed moral equivalent excuse for it. I guess it's because they have declared war on my country and my beliefs and taken positive actions to prosecute that war. Stuff like that.

And for the record, who the f*ck ever said "multi-culturalism" was some sort of ideal condition. I expect people that come to America conform with American values. I will respect their religious beliefs just like anyone else's, until they start trying to use their religious beliefs to infringe on someone else's rights - like the right to STAY ALIVE.

". Your blog shows the trut... (Below threshold)
jim m:

". Your blog shows the truth behind so-called American multi-culturalism - it is a lie."

Yep. Just like Chancellor Merkel recently stated that multi-culturalism is a total failure in Germany.

Except of course that in the US the tradition hasn't been Europe's failed multi-culti BS, but it has been assimilation into a diverse culture. That's why america has been referred to as a melting pot. Only recently has the empty headed left insisted that people not be allowed to assimilate and that we somehow find ways to avoid everyone feeling like they are part of a united country, being Americans first and their ethnic/cultural heritage second.

I wouldn't trade the US for the ongoing disaster that is the UK any day. When the UK collapses due to the inability to assimilate their growing muslim population you are welcome to come over here as long as you leave your failed multi culturalism behind.

Just rewrite it to Gullible... (Below threshold)

Just rewrite it to Gullible's Island and have Mr Howell and his wife be a Saudi with one of his wives, the Professor an Iman, and don't change the other characters. Yeah, sure, lots of laughs.

Thank you for supportting o... (Below threshold)
Osama bin Laden:

Thank you for supportting our holy jihad, prustage and Liza18. You will be beheaded last.

I don't think Ms Couric sho... (Below threshold)

I don't think Ms Couric should suggest anything related to TV as a good idea given her recent track record.

@prustage - and you Brits a... (Below threshold)

@prustage - and you Brits are enjoying muslim protests at your returning troops, fear of entering predominately muslim neighborhoods, and allowing facets of sharia law. That is why we sent your dumb asses home over 200 years ago - you never learn do you?

The ignorance is astounding... (Below threshold)

The ignorance is astounding; muslims don't even allow music or girls going to school, unless they can throw acid into their faces.
What about muslim women showing a bit of cleavage by dressing 'western'?

They also don't like to hav... (Below threshold)

They also don't like to have the TRUTH told about them, or have their dangerous ideas exposed or their power challenged or...gee...they sound a lot like Democrats, don't they!!






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