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Riz Ahmed calls for urgent change in “toxic portrayals” of Muslims in Hollywood

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Riz Ahmed has spoken out about the “toxic portrayal” of Muslims on screen.In a passionate speech posted on the actor’s YouTube channel, Ahmed addressed “racist” Hollywood films and described his own difficult experiences as a Muslim man.He also spoke about the “bittersweet” experience of receiving his first Oscar nomination this year.“I simultaneously wore that slightly dubious accolade with a sense of gratitude personally… I also felt tremendous sadness,” said Ahmed.“How was it that out of 1.6 billion people, a quarter of the world’s population, none of us had ever been in this position until now?”Watch the video below.Ahmed simultaneously spoke out about “frankly racist” Oscar-winning films like The Hurt Locker and Argo.

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