Muslims living in the U.S. are outraged over a greeting card sold in Chicago that features a popular Muslim toy doll turned into a “Jihad Jane”-like terrorist by the card’s designer.
Taking liberties with the actual design of the toy doll’s packaging, the card describes the doll with talking bubbles that say, ‘The Talking Doll, Pull string for message, if you dare,’ and ‘She’ll Love You To Death! She’ll Blow Your Brains Out!’
The inside of the card says, “Hope your birthday is a BLOW OUT!”
Needless to say, Ahmed Rehab from the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Chicago didn’t see the humor and had something to say about how this card shows the increasing Islamophobia in America.
Rehab wrote in an article in the Chicago Monitor:
Notice that nothing identifies this doll as a terrorist in the minds of the card designers other than that she wears a Hijab. Moreover, she – like many Muslim girl who choose to wear the Hijab – is a smiling, non-threatening normal-looking female wearing a pink Hijab and a flower-patterned dress. The unmistakable message behind the “humor” is that even the most peaceful looking Muslims are synonymous and exchangeable with terrorists.
There are those who will claim Muslims do not have a sense of humor. But one would like to think humor comes with (even a minimal degree of ) intelligence. The notion that a doll, that looks like any other doll that any little girl in the world would play with, can be presented as a terrorist doll simply and only because it is a “Muslim” doll or because it has a “Muslim scarf” on its head is not what defines “funny” for a lot of people, but bigoted, ugly, idiotic, moronic, etc.
According to the article, the actual doll, called “Aamina, the Muslim Doll,” was designed by a mother who wanted to teach “kids religious greetings and sayings in Arabic with messages like ‘Assalamu Alaikum is the Muslim greeting, and it means peace be upon you’ and ‘Let’s play together insha’Allah, insha’Allah means if God wills it.’
Rehab asked that Muslims write to the card designers and the card seller to express outrage over the “stereotyping” and to ask the card-makers “if they would get a chuckle out of their daughters growing up exposed to messaging that criminalizes their basic identity for profit,” Rehab wrote.
But one could wonder if CAIR spent more time calling out the extremists in the Muslim religion, would Islamophobia once again be on the rise in America?