| Hugh Fitzgerald: Sunday Night at the Oscars on The Egyptian Coptic Christian (Part Two)
| Thursday, February 28, 2019
Jihad Watch : Other Arab websites never mention Malek being a Copt. Arab News, for example, has this:
Born to immigrant parents, the Egyptian American is
poised to make history as the first actor of Arab descent to clinch the
top acting prize at the Oscars, seen as one of the highest recognitions
in the field. In 2016, he scored an Emmy for his performance in the hit
TV show “Mr. Robot.”
was equally cryptic about his identity: “Rami Malek, whose parents
immigrated from Egypt to the United States, took home the best actor
prize for his turn as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Neither the New York Times, nor The Washington Post,
nor NPR or CNN or the BBC, mentioned that Rami Malek is a Coptic Christian. Most media outlets stuck to describing him as “Egyptian.”
Some Arab outlets described Malek as an “Arab-American.” Arab News, for example, carried the headline: “Arab glory as Rami Malek wins an Oscar.’’ Many — possibly most — Copts, deny
that they are Arabs; they see themselves as descending from the
original Egyptians, present for millennia before the Muslim Arab
As for Freddie Mercury being a Parsee, descended from the Zoroastrians in Iran who had escaped religious persecution by fleeing to
Gujarat in India, that has not been mentioned in any of the stories
about the Oscars among the the major media.
A well-prepared reporter, with a sense of history, might have used
the awarding of the Oscar for Best Actor as a teaching moment. In the
midst of all the Hollywood hoopla, it might have been noted that just as
Freddie Mercury was Zoroastrian, and thus a descendant of those who
were driven out of Iran by Muslim Arab invaders in the 7th century, so
the actor who played him, Rami Malek, is a Coptic Christian whose people
have endured persecution, and worse, since Muslim Arabs arrived in
Egypt in the 7th century. Well-prepared, and intrepid.
The Copt, Rami Malek, and the Zoroastrian, Freddie Mercury, had much
in common as the descendants of non-Muslims in islamized lands.
Read it all here.............
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 3:02 PM