Study: Middle Eastern actors ignored, stereotyped by TV

Published 09-10-2018

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actors and characters of Middle Eastern and North African descent are either ignored by TV or stereotyped.

According to findings released Monday, the few such actors who get work are largely confined to playing tyrants and terrorists.

The study found that 1 percent of regularly seen TV-series actors have roots in countries including Egypt, Turkey and Israel.

But estimates show about 3 percent of the U.S. population, 10 million people, are from the region, said the study's lead author, Nancy Wang Yuen of Biola University in La Mirada, California.

Funded in part by several California universities, researchers examined 242 scripted broadcast, cable and streaming prime-time series during the 2015-16 season.

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