In a recent post on Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer alerts his readers to a recent episode of the popular and long-running American TV crime drama Law & Order.
Spencer's initial post recounted the plot of the episode with sufficient accuracy (with a couple of mistakes noted in the comments field by a reader that don't really make a difference to the overall point): the essence being that a woman was found stoned to death on a rooftop in New York City, and although the initial leads were briefly thought by the investigators to be Muslims, the real culprit turned out to be the woman's own son, a fanatical Christian who, under the influence of a fanatical Christian preacher, had felt obliged to apply literally passages in the Old Testament about stoning adulterers.
The moral of the story, however, is completely lost not only on Spencer, but on all the loyal readers who contributed over 100 comments. The moral of the story may be summed up by two points:
1) Innumerable crime drama television shows over the years have had plots that exonerate Muslims -- often introduced as token leads that prove false -- while the real culprit turns out to be a non-Muslim whose motives are at best completely unrelated to Islam, at worst involve some kind of subplot of Islamophobia.
2) These TV shows -- particularly the more popular ones (and most of them in my experience have been popular) -- are driven by producers who only care about the monetary bottom line: they would not greenlight a plot unless they were fully confident that it would not rock the boat and not make any waves among the vast majority of the viewing public. I.e., these innumerable pro-Muslim plots, including the one Law & Order one that finally got the attention of Spencer's radar, are not going against the public grain at all: they are calculated quite assiduously, with millions of dollars of advertising at stake, to go with the general mainstream flow of the Public. They are not some dastardly plot by a nefarious cabal of "Elites" to manipulate the American viewing public as sheep.
I.e., the American public, the vast majority of Americans, are PC MC. And Jihad Watchers still don't get it.
An interesting example of how careful television (and movie) producers are with regard to which side of the fault line they choose to fall with regard to Political Correctness or Political Incorrectness, is the issue of abortion. One would think, given the general sense that pro-choice is the dominant cultural attitude of
The same goes for the issue of Islam. And with regard to that, the mainstream mood and attitude is decidedly PC MC. That is why Law & Order produced that show that caught Spencer's attention. And that is why innumerable other shows over the years -- including the entire Law & Order franchise (the original show plus Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU), the former NYPD Blue, 24, the former J.A.G., its spinoff Navy NCIS, Cold Case, Without A Trace, and others -- have presented the Muslim angle from a decidedly PC MC perspective.
This is not, therefore, a problem of dastardly "Elites", or of nefarious "Leftists", or of a cabal of powerful leaders whose personal psychological peccadillos and foibles -- Fitzgerald's preposterous Esdrujula Explanation -- are determining the general flow of the West.
Not every show which I have seen over the years with a Muslim angle in the plot is quite as egregious as the particular Law & Order episode adverted to by the Jihad Watch post. Often, it is more subtly and insidiously packaged, with the most frequent scenario containing the following elements:
1) a crime is perpetrated that contains some vague features that might be interpreted as having a Muslim angle (most commonly under the vague umbrella of "terrorism", less commonly having to do with "religious culture" motivating murder, such as something vaguely resembling an honor killing, or issues surrounding the crime, such as religious polygamy or forced marriage on young girls, etc.)
2) the investigators initially pursue the Muslim angle -- obviously scripted as a token nod to the Muslim angle set up in order to be quickly dismissed later (with subtle or not-so-subtle jabs at "bigotry" and "racism" in the script along the way, as well as pointed digs at the paranoia and bureaucratic ineptness of Homeland Security)
3) as the plot unwinds, it is revealed that the real culprit is a non-Muslim and that the crime either has nothing to do with anything resembling Islam or "religious culture", or worse yet, is rooted in some non-Islamic "religious culture" -- (usually some flavor of evangelical Christianity, less often ultra-Orthodox Judaism, most rarely something vaguely Hindu or something vaguely resembling Cajun voodoo or Caribbean Santeria; but never, of course, anything Islamic).
Another trope common to most of these shows and movies is the almost exclusive use of Russian and/or East European villains, which provide the following advantages for producers laboring under the PC MC mental straitjacket:
a) They are sufficiently non-Western to show that the producers and writers are reaching out for an "edgy" culprit to portray, while being sufficiently Western to avoid any taint of "bigotry"
b) Russians and Eastern Europeans obviously don't take any offense at such portrayals, which number quite likely in the hundreds by now, and so the producers don't have to worry about death threats or actual attacks, as they would if they depicted Muslims as the villains.
This brings us back to the Law & Order episode showcased by Jihad Watch: its producers and writers ingeniously combined the whole shebang. They had a Muslim lead which turned out to be false; the Muslims involved were conspicuously white-looking Albanian Muslims; and in the process of ruling them out as a false lead, the show's detectives and their boss, the unctuously PC Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, are able to arrogantly smile with amusement at the incompetent Fed who has been monitoring the Muslims in question for possible links to terrorism which, of course, turn out to be completely unsubstantiated.
I will know paste in most of the comments on the Jihad Watch thread and intersperse my own reactions (in bold text) to the fantasies of Jihad Watchers with regard to the larger problem of which the Law & Order episode is but one small symptom -- a larger problem to which Jihad Watchers continue to be strangely myopic:
Responses to the Comments of Jihad Watchers:
In a tv series E-Ring (featuring Dennis Hopper) there was an episode, in which a radical Christian group invaded a mosque. When I noticed the plot line, I deleted the episode from my receiver without watching. I did not look at the epidose itself but, come on, read again wat DeeMack already explained:
The above comments by Jihad Watchers show that their time spent on Jihad Watch under the influence and tutelage of Robert Spencer and Hugh Fitzgerald has done nothing to provide them with a proper pedagogy by which to begin to understand the dimensions and nature of the problem of PC MC in the modern West -- the single most important factor preventing the West from dealing rationally with the danger of Islam.