Firstly let me say that I didnt see this on TV last night, only finding out about it after it had all happened. Besides which, given I tend to avoid this sort of reality TV, I probably wouldnt have watched it, even if I had known, given what I’ve since read of her views beforehand. Yes, but for Twitterverse, I might never have known about it, though given the coverage it got this morning, that might have been hard to miss!
So my views are more my own, and as much as I could gather from comments from Twitter, and various media outlets, which may not be all that reliable.
Right, disclaimer over. Thats right, for those in the UK at least, who might know about it, the C4 program last night, A Week As A Muslim, is what I’m talking about tonight. For those elsewhere in the world, well, you’ve seen as much of it as I have!
It seems to be the classic TV take on something like this, take a self admitted non-fan of Muslim people, and get her to live as a Muslim for a week, and film events as they happen. I’m going to use that term, for now. She might have been worse than a non-fan, but as I wasnt witness to that, I’ll leave it there. Part of the reaction against her seems to have related to the fact that she was ‘made up’ to look like she was a Pakistani, which worked both ways, garnering complaints from those who wished to point out that there are white people who are Muslim, so she didnt need to be ‘colored’, and from those who said that it wasnt done in a flattering way to Pakistani Muslims, but as that is Twitter hearsay, I’m not sure how much credence to give to that. None would probably be close to the mark, there are some ghastly views on Twitter, on both sides of the fence!
Of course, as fate would happen, she went to live with a Muslim family in Manchester, and it coincided with the bombing at the Manchester Arena, which led to her realizing, even more, just what ordinary, innocent Muslim people have to put up with from some ‘idiots’! She only faced it for a few days, but for so many more, its a sad fact of life, at all times. So wrong, so sad that there are people like that, but anyway…
For me, I think it would be fascinating to spend a week as a woman in a Muslim family. But yes, I wouldnt make for ‘great TV’ because I’m pro ordinary Muslim people anyway. No, I dont support the terrorist branches, but neither do most Muslim people here anyway! And lets face it, there are some pretty awful right wing white supremacist types around too! Oh fine, she wore a Hijab, but I know that if I was in that role, I would have wanted to go out in a Niqab, or Burqa, just to find out the real truth. Mind, I suspect the reality in Bradford might be different to Manchester, but in truth, no idea.
I have some experience in these matters now, of course. Before September, I’d heard stories of people deliberately ignoring people in wheelchairs, trying to pretend they werent there, but I hoped it was being exaggerated. Sadly, the answer was no, it isnt. When sat in one, people just looked away, had to literally be shouted at, to stop them walking in front of the moving wheelchair, and so much more. All the same, I’m looking forward (hopefully, health permitting) to experiencing ‘Round 2’ in May, in 3 airports (I need to transit going out, direct flight back), I must say.
I guess it might be an actress thing, the challenge of a new role, either in a production, or in this case, a real life situation. So yes, a week as a Muslim would be a very different show with me, but I guess I’ll never know what its like. Unless…?
Equally, of course, if Channel 4 want to consider making a show, a week as a robot, hmm, lol? 😉
The video, massive clue in the title. Live version, a very good one, mind, as I’ve used the original before.
Its funny how these things happen, if you are patient enough, something comes along that really makes your day. No, I didnt win the Powerball lottery, or even the UK lottery lol. As I dont do either, it would be pretty tricky to do so anyway.
But in a sense, something that arrived in my email box this morning is far more precious to me than that. What you may be asking yourselves? 2 photos of someone I never met, and never will now, in this world at least. Yes, I finally know what the late ‘Sara Castle’ looked like, as I was sent 2 pictures today by a mutual friend, thanks go to Kim for that. At the same time, its a bit of a funny feeling seeing her now, only after she’s gone from this world. And no, I’m not posting a picture of her here either, for the most obvious reason.
I may never have actually met her, but we chatted by email for years, about good things, bad things, and plenty else beside, some of which you’re better off not knowing about lol! And to save you asking, it was the big C that got her, even though she managed to hide the worst details of it from her friends until quite literally, she was gone from us. If I’d known, I could have gone and visited, she was in the UK, if at the opposite end of England to me, but for her it would have been a trip I would happily have made. But no, given we only found out just how serious it had been after she was gone, it wasnt to be.
Funny thing is, I still have the very last email I sent her, though she never saw it., Thats right, it was sent after I knew she was dead, to her email box, just so I could say the right words before tying up those ends, and starting again. Sadly I dont have the last email I sent her that she had read, I accidentally deleted that a long time ago, nor do I have the last one she sent me either unfortunately.
But at least now, I have 2 pictures of her, to keep for as long as I’m around, and thats something special for me.
The video, a very young Midge Ure, in his first group, with lyrics and a title that seem quite apt