Some actor (and rapper!) you’ve never heard of: hire me or “Asians” will join ISIS

Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed has warned that the enduring failure to champion diversity on TV is alienating young people, driving them towards extremism and into the arms of Isis.

Ahmed, known for his roles in Four Lions and the the Star Wars prequel Rogue One, said the lack of diverse voices and stories onscreen led people from minority backgrounds to “switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria”.

…“People are looking for the message that they belong, that they are part of something, that they are seen and heard and that despite, or perhaps because of, their experience, they are valued. They want to feel represented. In that task we have failed.”

He added: “If we don’t step up and tell a representative story … we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with Isis in Syria. We are going to see the murder of more MPs like Jo Cox (who was murdered by a white guy, I guess cause he noticed he didn’t look like Lenny Henry – Ed.) because we’ve been mis-sold a story that is so narrow about who we are and who we should be.”

…Ahmed called on the government to act, particularly to overturn the unconscious bias in hiring that was preventing talented people from black, Asian and minority backgrounds rising up the ranks. He said public money should be tied to representation targets for broadcasters to break the cycle of top jobs going mainly to white men.

…By 2020 the BBC aims to have 15% of its workforce from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.     h/t

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Go ahead, join ISIS. I dare you.

  • Watchman

    That’s strange, the lack of Chinese or Japanese actors on TV hasn’t driven them to join the…um…err…OK, there isn’t a terrorist East Asian organisation that I can think of that disgruntled Chinese would-be actors would be driven to join due to lack of entertainment industry work. But you know what I mean. Only in the case of muslims is there this demand that we do everything they want ‘or they will be driven to join ISIS.’

  • Ed

    Most actors are good looking.

    Big problem here…

  • Martin B

    The latest entry in the terrorism-has-nothing-to-do-with-Islam sweepstakes: lack of diversity in acting roles!

    What bald-faced self-serving extortion.

  • occupant 9

    Yeah, maybe it’s because you actually DON’T belong in western civilization, in much the same way Westerners DON’T belong in effed up Third World hellholes, Islamic or otherwise.

  • Shebel

    I have no problem with Muslims joining ISIS .
    You are definitely the caliber of Actor that your Prophet was.

  • Alain

    Muslims could teach the Mafia a lot about extortion. Do as I demand or give me what I want or I’ll kill you.