'Alice in Arabia' ABC Family Show Axed After Claims of Racism
The ABC Family channel has dropped a proposed new TV series “Alice in Arabia," which reportedly mocked Muslim cultures.
The series pilot (first episode) was recently approved by ABC Family, which suddenly changed its mind, noted Deadline.com.
According to ABC Family, the series was about an American teen who is "unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian… Now a virtual prisoner in her grandfather’s royal compound, Alice must count on her independent spirit and wit to find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil.”
However, after a script for the series leaked on the web, it was condemned by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
“We are concerned that, given media references to the main character ‘surviving life behind the veil,’ the pilot and any resulting series may engage in stereotyping that can lead to things like bullying of Muslim students,” CAIR Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said in a statement.
The show was also slammed on Twitter for being racist.
An ABC Family spokesperson tried to downplay the outrage over the show and told The Hollywood Reporter: “The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project.”