Florida Family Association launched an alert in February 2016 that stated “Variety.com issued a report on February 10, 2016 titled Fox Greenlights Middle Eastern Family Comedy Pilot Starring Nasim Pedrad as Teenage Boy.” The program was to be titled “Chad: An America Boy.” The alert encouraged people to send emails to urge Fox officials to reconsider their decision to air the show that was likely to contain Islamophobia propaganda. Fox killed the program after receiving thousands of emails.
However, the Futon Critic published an article on February 11, 2019 titled: TBS Lands "Chad" Pilot from "SNL" Alum Nasim Pedrad. The article states in part:
The single-camera comedy follows a 14-year-old Persian boy (played by Nasim Pedrad) during high school as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother's dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity.
Numerous other news sites confirmed the report.
Robert Spencer, Director of Jihadwatch.org summed up the comedy pilot in the article titled At last: Fox orders pilot of Muslim family sitcom. The article states in part:
Here it is at last: the long-desired Muslim family situation comedy that is going to cure “Islamophobia” by showing racist, ignorant, xenophobic Americans that hey, look, Muslims are just like us.
Now we have it. Will it work? Will it make Americans drop their concerns about jihad terror? Unlikely. The whole idea that Muslims are threatened, harassed and discriminated against in the U.S. is a creation of the Islamic advocacy industry, which knows well how well it pays to be a victim in the U.S. today. Those groups — Hamas-linked CAIR, ISNA, MPAC and the rest — will still need to play the victimhood game even while this sitcom is running, and after its run has ended. So we will continue to see fake hate crimes and claims of discrimination, and the failure of this show to stem the tide of “Islamophobia” will be touted as a reason why Muslims deserve special privileges and the further weakening of counter-terror measures.
Meanwhile, how a 37-year-old woman is going to be convincing playing a 14-year-old boy is an open question, but whether or not Nasim Pedrad can pull it off, it is noteworthy that this Muslim sitcom will feature a 14-year-old boy who has to serve as the man of the house. That suggests that it will not feature the individual who is the center and dominant figure of most real Muslim families: an adult male. That makes it likely that the show will not depict in any remotely realistic manner the way women are treated in observant Muslim homes — and given the purpose of this project, that is not surprising at all.
The Futon Critic article reports that TBS is using the program name Chad without the original words "An American Boy." But that does not mean TBS will not use the full title in production. Chad: An American Boy has 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 Islamist 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. 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 appears to be headed down the same path taken by All-American Muslim with inaccurate portrayals of Muslims in American. Florida Family Association plans to monitor the show and contact advertisers.
Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send to encourage TBS officials to reconsider their plans to produce Chad.
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I am very disappointed that TBS plans to produce the show Chad.
Chad appears to be styled like the TLC show All American Muslim that profiled only Muslims that appeared to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamist believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish. All American Muslim lost ninety percent of its advertisers before the show was cancelled.
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.
Please reconsider your plans to produce this misguided show. I will support efforts to influence advertisers not to support the show Chad.
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