Counter-stereotypical Images of Muslim Characters in the Television Serial 24: A Difference that Makes no Difference?
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In the early years of the millennium racial counter-stereotypes gained prominence in Hollywood entertainment. This article examines the television serial 24’s (2001–10) efforts to combat allegations of stereotyping by including racial counter-stereotypes of Muslim characters, as the serial has been accused of stereotyping this specific group. 24’s attempts to achieve a balanced portrayal have resulted in the introduction of Muslims who feature among the regular cast and are depicted in a positive manner. Combining close analysis with critical and theoretical accounts of ‘whiteness’ and counter-stereotyping, the article centres on the key characteristics of counter-stereotypes and how they operate in 24.