Pakistani-British actor who has become the first Muslim to be nominated for best actor at the Oscars reacts to toxic portrayals of Muslims in Hollywood movies.
According to a media report, Riz Ahmed has launched a fund to help combat “toxic portrayals” of Muslims in Hollywood films after a study showed Muslims rarely appear on screen.
‘Sound of Metal’ star became the first Muslim to be nominated for best actor at the 2021Oscars.
He shared an online video along with a tweet that reads, “I'm fed up of seeing Muslim characters on screen either negative or nonexistent. The industry must change. Our new study proves what many of us always felt about #MuslimsInFilm. The cost is measured in hate & lost lives.”
The actor added, "The progress that's being made by a few of us doesn't paint an overall picture of progress if most of the portrayals of Muslims on screen are still either non-existent or entrenched in those stereotypical toxic two-dimensional portrayals."