Riz Ahmed: It’s time to break ‘toxic Muslim stereotyping’ on screen

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The actor said that the progress made by Muslim artists does not mean a general change

British actor Riz Ahmed has set up a fund to help stop portraying “a toxic portrayal of Muslims” in films.

This step comes after a study revealed that Muslims rarely appear on the screen, and if they do appear, their image is negative.

Ahmed was the first Muslim to be nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars this year, for his movie “The Voice of Metal”. “The misrepresentation of Muslims can no longer be ignored,” Ahmed said.

And the actor added in a tape posted on the Internet that his historic nomination for the Oscars gave him a mixed feeling, including a bit of bitterness.

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