I just wanted to post this before I forgot. As we were discussing the portrayal of various peoples in our entertainment media, I was reminded of an article I read for another class earlier this year. The article was from the book Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (more info here) by Jack G. Shaheen. The portion of the book that I read pointed out the lyrics to Arabian Nights from the Disney movie, Aladdin as well as the Arab character in the film Father of the Bride II. I've found the lyrics for Arabian Nights, here, for those of you that are interested.
We discussed in class today how we sort of form our opinions based on the things we have been exposed to. Shaheen's work goes along with this idea and addresses the fact that Arabs are rarely represented in American entertainment media, and when they are it is mostly in a negative light.
Just a short discussion point.