As the eighth and final episode of “All-American Muslim” airs and the series wraps up, it does so as a failure. Last week’s 9/11 episode once again failed to appear on the Cable 100 rankings. Viewers were willing to tune in an hour earlier to TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive,” but they changed the channel to anything and everything when it was time for “All-American Muslim.”
What were viewers willing to endure rather than experience the Shiite version of the Jersey Shore? They tuned in to National Geographic’s “Alaska State Troopers,” Tru TV’s “Lizard Lick Towing” and Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot,” but you couldn’t get them to watch “All-American Muslim.” Which just goes to show that we’re a nation of Islamophobes. Or that even people with bad taste in television have standards.
The dirty little liberal secret is that progressives don’t watch “All-American Muslim” either. The show only exists as an Islamophobia talking point. Every time an advertiser drops it in favor of “Finding Bigfoot,” the progressives crow that once again they have proven that we are a nation that hates Muslims and loves Bigfoot.
All-American Muslim’s hopeless ratings suggest that Americans are more confident of finding Bigfoot than of finding those even more imaginary creatures: moderate Muslims who reject terrorism of all kinds. They certainly aren’t to be found on “All-American Muslim” where the guest Imams have been far less peaceful than Bigfoot who in all his decades of appearing in grainy videos has not been known to curse infidels or support terrorist groups.
But what does the existence of “All-American Muslim” really say about America? The focus of its final episode, “Crunch Time,” is once again the Fordson High football team. Tim Tebow’s public identity as a devout football player led to volleys of mockery and ridicule from the same entertainment industry which celebrates the Muslim football players of “All-American Muslim” and “Fordson: Faith – Fasting – Football,” a documentary lauding the same High School football team.
“Crunch Time” airs on the same day as the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Denver Broncos. On the same day that pundits will be mocking Tim Tebow’s faith, TLC will be celebrating the faith of the football players of Fordson High. While liberals sneer at critics of “All-American Muslim” as being threatened by public displays of Islam, they are the ones who are actually threatened by public displays of religion.
Is a Muslim football player better than a Christian player? Is he more entitled to be patted on the back for talking about his religion? “All-American Muslim’s” continued focus on the Fordson team certainly suggests that is the case. There are no Saturday Night Live routines featuring Mohammed coming out and telling Coach Zaban of “All-American Muslim” to stop talking so much about Islam, Ramadan and all that and get on with the football part of coaching a High School football team. Not that any American television show could bring out Mohammed on stage. Not even South Park was able to do that.
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