For those unfamiliar, the Council on
American-Islamic Relations typically doesn’t look favorably upon
television programs, movies, books, and articles that address any
connection between terrorism and radical Muslim extremism. With that in
mind, Fox sent a statement to CAIR on Wednesday concerning recent and past episodes of the hit series “24” (hat tip to LGF):
24 is a heightened drama about anti-terrorism.
After 5 seasons, the audience clearly understands this, and realizes
that any individual, family, or group (ethnic or otherwise) that
engages in violence is not meant to be typical.
The show takes great pains to ensure that all characterizations are
seen in the overall context of the series. "Bad guys" may ultimately be
good and those that seem to be guardians may in fact be the worst kind
of criminals. Even the show's hero, Jack Bauer, is seriously flawed.
It's that acknowledgement of the diverse nature of the show's
characters that makes 24 such a compelling series.
Over the past several seasons, the villains have included shadowy
Anglo businessmen, Baltic Europeans, Germans, Russians, Islamic
fundamentalists, and even the (Anglo-American) president of the United
States. Over the course of the series, no ethnic group has been singled out for persecution or blame. In fact, the
show has made a concerted effort to show ethnic, religious and
political groups as multi-dimensional, and political issues are debated
from multiple viewpoints.