September 18, 2006, - 9:09 am
By Debbie Schlussel
I watched CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” last night, to watch the parade of politically correct teams, including the amputee tri-athlete chick, the lipstick lesbian, the flamingly gay couple–but most importantly, the first Muslim team, Bilal Abdul-Mani and Sa’eed Rudolph.
Over a week ago, we profiled them here on this site. Their goal was to show America that Muslims are peaceful and not supporters of terrorism. But, alas, before they had the chance to murder nuns, blow up 5 churches in the West Bank, and burn the Pope in effigy, Bilal and Sa’eed were eliminated. They were the first team axed from the show, as they came in last after the first set of challenges.
I’m wondering how long it will be before the evil Zionists who control the media and Hollywood will be blamed for orchestrating Bilal and Sa’eed’s quick defeat and departure from the show. Faster than a Hymietown [New York] minute, I’m guessing.
I’m kinda glad they lost so quickly, not because I wish this Muslim team ill, but because now I will not have to watch this show–which above all features the uncomfortable, endless bickering between couples that comprise the teams. Since I was watching only to see how the Muslim team is portrayed, I won’t be watching anymore.
But the other reason I’m happy they lost is Bilal and Sa’eed’s endless shoving of their religion down viewers’ throats. Would they allow Christian Evangelicals to do this on the show? No way! I had to start my Allah-meter ticking. During their half-hour reign (including commercials and segments split between 12 different teams), I counted the following utterances by them:
* “Allah Hu Akbar” (“Allah is the Greatest”)–4 times
* “Al Hamdilallah” (“Praise Allah”)–3 times
* “Bismillah” (“In the name of Allah”)–1 time
* “Insha’allah” (“If it’s the will of Allah”)–1 time
Then, there was one impromptu Islamic prayer session at an airport.
Despite all of this, Allah was not on the Muslim team’s side.
There have been many Jewish and Christian teams on “The Amazing Race.” Yet, not one of them engaged in the wear-it-on-your-thobe-sleeve (and everywhere else) display of their religion, the way the Muslim team did. It was beyond annoying. It was antagonizing. And it was distracting.
This was not a documentary on Mohammed or on Muslims in America. It is a physical adventure reality show game. People don’t watch these shows to be held captive by Islamic fundamentalists–we have that all over the world every day, in real life. Americans watch these shows for a light escape from reality–and in the case of “The Amazing Race,” also for a sort of travelogue and adventure mixed in.
Still I have to say a couple of the remarks by other teammates–which I’m sure will be hurriedly diagnosed as “Islamophobia”–were memorable:
* “The Beards are here.”
* Airhead Cheerleader #1: “Do Muslims believe in Buddha?” Airhead Cheerleader #2: “I don’t know.” [DS Hint: No, That would be Buddhists, the frequent victims of Islamic terrorism.]
You have to wonder what would have happened had the Muslim Team not lost, last night. Did the show alter the challenges to meat the halal dietary laws that religious Muslims keep? I’ll bet they did. In past seasons, sooner or later, you must eat a non-halal meat item, to go on in the game.
Last night, it was pickled fish eyes–which don’t need halal certification. But I’d wager money that this would not have been the case this season, out of respect for Islam (the show has never been altered to accommodate potential kosher, vegan, lacto-ovo, or raw food contestants).
Regardless, Bilal’s and Sa’eed’s goal in being on the show was not met. In their online interviews, they talk about their main reason for doing this: changing the image that American’s have of Muslims.
Given what Muslims have done before and since 9/11, and especially over the weekend, I doubt these two in-your-face Muslims changed a thing. Still, we’d love to ask Bilal and Sa’eed to specifically condemn the violence against Catholics, this weekend, and against everyone else over the last several decades.
Don’t hold your breath for that to happen.
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