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Muslims Underrepresented And Stereotyped In Top-Grossing Films, USC Annenberg Report Finds

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Nearly a quarter of the world’s population is Muslim, but only 1.1% of the characters portrayed in the 100 top-grossing U.S.

films from 2017-19 were Muslim, according to a new study from the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released Thursday.The study, “Missing & Maligned: The Reality of Muslims in Popular Global Movies,” paints a dark picture of the “erasure” of Muslims from 200 popular films released during those years in four countries – the U.S., the UK, Australia and New Zealand – and posits that their stereotypical portrayals as foreigners and threatening outsiders may have contributed to the rise of hate crimes against Muslims worldwide.“By one estimate, the number of potential anti-Islam attacks in 2019 exceeded 500 in the U.S.,”

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