According to actor Riz Ahmed, the United Kingdom could be putting themselves at greater risk of terrorism by not casting Muslim actors in movies and television roles. Ahmed, who is a Pakistani-British citizen of the UK, told the Guardian newspaper that frustrated minority actors could inspire them to run off and join ISIS!
“If we fail to represent,” he said, “we are in danger of losing people to extremism.” He said that if casting directors did not reach out to minorities, it could force them to “switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online, and sometimes even off to Syria.”
Ahmed, who played in the recent Star Wars film, Rogue One, told the British Parliament that his theory was not as far-fetched as it might sound.
“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,” Ahmed said. “Where is the counter narrative? Where are we telling these kids they can be heroes in our stories, that they’re valued?”
So these young Muslims in the UK, if they had their preference, would like to be movie stars. But if they can’t do that, then they will fly to the Middle East, swear allegiance to the Islamic State, and begin killing innocent civilians. Because, obviously, these are the only two viable life paths for a Muslim in this world.
First off, UK intelligence agencies should immediately start looking into this actor’s background, because – why would this insanity occur to someone unless it reflected their own worldview? If Ahmed hadn’t landed roles on U.S. productions, would HE be in Syria right now, learning how to sneak a bomb onto the subway system?
Second, if this is the prevailing view among aspiring Muslim actors in the UK, Trump should issue an executive order banning all such actors from the country. After all, what happens if they don’t make it in Hollywood? It’s fame or bust, apparently. Silver screen or grainy ISIS internet video, it’s one or the other…
Or…we could see this for the laughable absurdity that it is – a braindead moron grasping at ridiculous straws to argue for more diversity in the film industry. But, okay. We’ll add it to the list of things the left believes are the causes of terrorism, right next to Islamophobia, climate change, income inequality, Donald Trump, and the words “radical Islamic terrorism.”
Never Islam, though. Not in any form or in any way, ever.