September 6, 2006, - 1:57 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Much is being made of the upcoming season of CBS’ “Survivor“–which pits White, Black, Asian, and Hispanic teams against each other.
But we think that the upcoming “The Amazing Race“–also on CBS–promises to be far more interesting. It features a Muslim team, an Indian team (assuming that means from India and not “native Americans”), a Chinese team, an amputee, and a father/lesbian daughter team. The only thing missing is a lacto-ovo, post-op transsexual stripper FBI agent team.
The Muslim team, Bilal Abdul-Mani and Sa’eed Rudolph of Cleveland, are portrayed as All-American, military veteran, football-loving guys. Just like us . . . and just like a team carefully selected and vetted by CAIR on behalf of CBS and “Amazing Race.” Bet on it that that’s the case.
Here’s their introduction by CBS (video interview here):
These best friends have spent years bonding over their love of food, Browns football and their shared Islamic faith. While Bilal is energetic and outgoing, Sa’eed is quiet and passive. Their vastly different temperaments will be fun to watch as they attempt to navigate over 40,000 miles in under 30 days.
In the past, they’ve had Jewish teams. On one of the first “Amazing Race” shows, Flo Pesenti and Zach Behr, an athletic Jewish couple resembling super models, won the $1 million prize. On other seasons of the show, producers reverted to stereotypes, and Jewish teams were presented as nerdy, unathletic nebbishy types–who were, predictably, quickly eliminated.
Unlike the Jewish teams, which had no apparent agenda about representing Jews on the show, the Muslim team–friends from Cleveland–have a very clear agenda. Ads for the show present them in Islamic robes and kufi hats, proclaiming, “We are Muslims, but we are not terrorists.” In their online interviews, they talk about their main reason for doing this: changing the image that American’s have of Muslims.
One way they might do that is to specifically denounce Hezbollah, HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, the Hezbollah bombing death of 300 U.S. Marines and civilians in Beirut, the Hezbollah bombing of the Jewish Community Center and Isreali Embassy in Buenos Aires. Don’t hold your breath for them to ever publicly do such a thing.
Past seasons of the show feature many stops in Islamic countries–with all portrayals showing what nice, fun-loving Muslims they are, how nice they treat Americans when the camera is on. This season’s trip to Kuwait, we predict, will be no different, nor will the favorable scenes of the Cleveland Muslims.
We’ll be watching “Amazing Race” with interest, to see how the “Religion of Peace” is portrayed by CBS’ agenda-laden programming execs. We wouldn’t be surprised if–like last season’s annoying hippie team–they are portrayed as cool and win the show.
Just like Mark Burnett, Jonathan Littman and the other producers of AR are cooking things up in the editing room. And we don’t predict we’ll like the Morgan Spurlock style presentation.
Watch for Bilal and Sa’eed to make the media rounds on behalf of Islamofascist propaganda groups CAIR, MPAC, etc. And remember, everything they are saying is very calculated and cognizant that the cameras are on.
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