Fox has decided NOT to move forward with a Muslim sitcom called Chad: An American Boy after receiving thousands of emails from Florida Family Association campaign supporters who pledged to contact the show’s advertisers.
Deadline.com posted a news report on August 5, 2016 titled Nasim Pedrad Comedy Pilot ‘Chad’ Not Going Forward At Fox, Will Be Shopped. The news report states in part: EXCLUSIVE: Fox has passed on Chad: An American Boy, the single-camera Middle-Eastern family comedy pilot starring Saturday Night Live alumna Nasim Pedrad as a teenage boy. I hear 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the project created by Pedrad and Rob Rosell and directed by Jason Winer, is planning to aggressively shop it.
Florida Family Association launched an online campaign on March 15, 2016 that asked people to send an email to encourage officials at 21st Century Fox to reconsider their plans to produce the new Muslim sitcom pilot titled Chad: An American Boy.
After receiving thousands of emails of concern in response to Florida Family Association's email campaign TV Series Finale reported on April 18, 2016: Chad: Production Delayed on FOX’s Nasim Pedrad Comedy Pilot. The article states in part: FOX has hit pause on their comedy pilot Chad, Variety reports. The pilot comes from SNL alum Nasim Pedrad. In the comedy, fully titled Chad: An American Boy, Pedrad plays a 13-year-old Iranian-American boy. Apparently, the pilot’s production has been delayed due to casting difficulties. The postponement now puts Chad out of contention for a fall premiere, but it does remain open for a midseason pickup in the 2016-2017 season.
Fox's pull back from the show on April 18, 2016 indicated that their executives were concerned about the show causing the network to lose advertisers. In response, Florida Family Association continued to send out more email alerts that encourged readers to continue to inform Fox officials that they would urge companies not to advertise on Chad: An American Boy.
A BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE who took the time to send emails especially after Fox started blocking emails sent through the Floridafamily.org server. Your emails made the difference.
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Variety.com issued a report on February 10, 2016 titled Fox Greenlights Middle Eastern Family Comedy Pilot Starring Nasim Pedrad as Teenage Boy. The article states in part:
Fox has ordered a pilot for “Chad: An American Boy,” a comedy which will star “SNL” alum Nasim Pedrad as a 14-year-old boy in a Middle Eastern Family, Variety has learned.
The comedy follows a young teenage boy, played by Pedrad, in the throes of adolescence who is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks.
“I’m thrilled to be able to portray a Middle Eastern family not working for or against Jack Bauer on network TV,” remarked Pedrad, who also co-wrote the script. “Also, a big thank you to Fox for understanding that my true essence is that of an awkward and misguided 14-year-old boy.”
Nasim Pedrad is a 34 year old woman playing the role of a 14 year old boy who is the figure head of a Muslim family in America. The fact that this disfigured Muslim family casted in this transgender style with a child as the central figure has not drawn criticism from CAIR, ISNA, ICNA and MSA is very telling. Perhaps Fox thinks that casting their lead character as a child will deflect criticism that would more likely occur if the lead character had been an adult male.
The overwhelming number of Muslim families in America have an adult male as head of the household, not a 14 year old boy. That makes it likely that the show will not depict in any remotely realistic manner the way women are treated in observant Muslim homes.
Chad: An American Boy had an All-American Muslim ring to it. Florida Family Association urged advertisers in late 2011 and early 2012 to stop supporting The Learning Channel's new show All-American Muslim because it appeared to be propaganda designed to counter legitimate and present-day concerns about many Muslims who are advancing Islamic fundamentalism and Sharia law. The show profiled only Muslims that appeared to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish. One hundred one (101) out of one hundred twelve (112) companies did not advertise again. The Learning Channel cancelled All-American Muslim and did not air reruns.