‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed Says Lack of Diversity on TV Can Push People Towards ISIS


Who knew that this 34-year-old actor and rapper had the solution to fighting radical Islamic terrorism? I’m sure Mad Dog Mattis will be all over this fascinating solution.

From Hollywood Reporter: Riz Ahmed, who saw his international star soar in 2016 thanks to major roles in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jason Bourne and HBO’s The Night Of, has warned that a lack of diverse voices and stories on British TV screens could push those from minority backgrounds towards fringe groups and even extremism.

Delivering the annual diversity lecture from U.K. network Channel 4 in British Parliament, the actor – who has used his growing celebrity status to eloquently highlight issues concerning race and racial profiling – said that U.K. TV had so far “failed” to ensure groups felt represented.

“If we fail to represent, we are in danger of losing people to extremism,” he said, adding it would lead those from minority backgrounds to “switch off and retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria.”

Echoing the lecture given by Idris Elba last year, Ahmed said that actors from diverse backgrounds were forced to head across the Atlantic to find decent roles. “We end up going to America to find work. I meet with producers and directors here, and they say ‘we don’t have anything for you, all our stories are set in Cornwall in the 1600s’.”

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter last year, the actor expressed his own desire to directly address the situation, saying he was planning a series about three generations of a British-Pakistani family, which he would direct himself.

“If we don’t step up and tell a representative story … we are going to start losing British teenagers to the story that the next chapter in their lives is written with ISIS in Syria,” he told Parliament. “We are going to see the murder of more [members of parliament] like Jo Cox because we’ve been mis-sold a story that is so narrow about who we are and who we should be.”

Ahmed’s lecture came the same day the BBC revealed the results of a staff census into diversity, showing that 14.5 percent of its workforce was from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds. The public broadcaster is aiming for this figure to reach 15 percent by 2020.


11 responses to “‘Rogue One’ Star Riz Ahmed Says Lack of Diversity on TV Can Push People Towards ISIS

  1. I always told people. Don’t underestimate the power of TV. And movies. Hollywood movies are everywhere. So how does the majority of the world think? Well, what you see is what you get. People from Russia and Middle Eastern countries are often depicted as villains in Hollywood action movies. To the kid from Russia or the Middle East watching that movie, what message does that send?


    • Don’t underestimate the power of ISIS’s desire to kill the infidel. It is a learned belief that starts very young with the teachings of the Quran.

      The Quran teaches about “unbelievers” and their divine punishment. What message does that “religion of peace” send?

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  2. I will try to be as polite as I can: Riz Ahmed, you’re insane.

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    • Amen to that! People do not become radicalized due to not seeing a mirror picture of themselves on tv or in movies. That is complete nonsense.

      I for one LOVE British tv; I love their cop shows, detective shows, drama, and historical shows. I would love to view British shows that are set in the 1600’s in Cornwall. Perhaps that is what the preponderance of the British citizens want to watch. Taking into consideration the vast amounts of money needed to product a tv show, or a movie . . . if people really are not taken with it, that means a whole lot of money flushed down the toilet.

      There is nothing wrong with actors coming to America if they feel they can participate in acting endeavors that suit them personally . . . but leave your crazy Muslime jihadist BS at home when you come here.

      Great article!

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  3. Awww, come on Riz, lighten up a bit, why don’tcha? Let Benny Hill show you a thing or two about diversity!

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  4. traildustfotm

    Whatever you do, don’t make the muslims mad! (sarc)

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  5. Translation: Either give us what we want, or else.

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  6. Left/libtard: It says to see him in the dictionary.

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  8. After a chat with a bud from UK…..
    I find this hilarious as they feel overwhelmed right now with the ‘invasion’ as it feels to them. That English Culture is being subverted badly.

    All I can so with this is LOL!

    Great Article though, thanks!

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