Monthly Archives: May 2018

“Roseanne” Has New Neighbors. They’re Muslim.

ABC made the May 8, 2018 episode of “Roseanne” available in advance for comment by some thoughtful observers. When producer Tom Werner, an old friend, asked me if I had some scholars to suggest, I immediately thought of Amir Hussain and Sohad Murrar. Marty Kaplan, Director, Norman Lear Center Why… More

Why Muslim TV Characters Matter

Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles I watched the “Go Cubs” episode of Roseanne, which I think is extraordinary. When asked in surveys, most Americans indicate that they don’t know a Muslim, and so the images that they see on television are crucial, as they may be the… More

“Roseanne” Takes on Islamophobia

Ph.D. candidate in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison The new episode of Roseanne turns to Islamophobia. It does it responsibly. The season has already tackled problems of class, political ideology, race, sexuality, immigration and veteran affairs. (Spoiler alert!) This new episode, “Go Cubs,” introduces the Conners’ new neighbors, the Al Harazis,… More