An instance of stereotypes against stereotypes.
So Dateline NBC wants to do something on anti-Muslim discrimination in America. All fine and good, I guess. I could tell them of several occasions when I've seen it in NYC, including one incident against this adorable little atheist Russian woman I know who made the mistake of wearing a long skirt and covering up her shorn head with both a knit cap and a scarf on a cold day.
However, they decided instead to send "Muslim-looking men" to the Martinsville race, in Virginia. After all, we NASCAR fans are all a bunch of unenlightened, racist yahoos who'd give 'em good footage, right? It makes me really furious that they decided to play to the stereotypes. But of course, portraying Southerners and rural people and NASCAR fans as potential racists who can't wait to pick a fight with people who look and act different is different from real stereotyping, right?
I think a comment to NBC is forthcoming. I may tell them about turning a Russian lesbian on to NASCAR, and holding her hand at the Daytona Superspeedway where everyone could see us, and the two women who grinned at us and gave us thumbs-ups. I may tell them about my mixed-heritage, mixed-orientation NASCAR gatherings in NYC. I may tell them about Gaytona.com. I will definitely be reminding them of what sport they broadcast for part of the season, and how many people watch it.