Cyrus McGoldrick — a Muslim activist and former civil rights manager for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in New York — is lauding the quick death of what was ABC Family’s planned TV pilot “Alice in Arabia.”
First, a quick primer on the show’s premise, as noted in Time:
“Alice in Arabia” is a high-stakes drama series about a rebellious American teenage girl who, after tragedy befalls her parents, is unknowingly kidnapped by her extended family, who are Saudi Arabian. Alice finds herself a stranger in a new world but is intrigued by its offerings and people, whom she finds surprisingly diverse in their views on the world and her situation. 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.
As you might imagine, McGoldrick, a Muslim activist, was pleased by the pilot’s shelving, as per his Facebook page entry Saturday:
Getting #AliceInArabia cancelled was a good move – I’m glad it got done so quickly, too. These skirmishes with Zionist Hollywood should be easy and decisive, and I’m so pleasantly surprised that this was. S/o to ADC, CAIR, and the many individuals who stormed the internet and handled this.
Indeed McGoldrick wasn’t the only one to cry foul over the show, as the Web became flooded with outrage over the show’s premise — and the network responded as you might imagine they would after the messages they started reading:
It’s important to note that no “Alice in Arabia” videos or production photos are apparently around to share, and no protests over the pilot appear to indicate first-hand knowledge of the content (i.e., screenings).
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)