“What does it mean to be a Muslim in Australia today? 10 Muslim Australians live together for eight days in a social experiment.” SBS Australia has produced a show, airing on 21 February.
“There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world and as you can see from this group. We’re extremely diverse. For one week, ten Australian Muslims live in a house, sharing their lives and views.”
A similar series was aired in the UK and received a backlash saying that this social experiment was at the expense of Muslims fighting rather than showing Islam’s diversity.
The trailer starts with a montage of different types of Muslims of different cultural backgrounds, genders and differing levels of how they practice their faith.
A woman wearing a niqab is seen saying “We cannot play with ideology dudes”.
Then a man sitting with friends in a bar says “I sit there and I hear these people, it’s like a competition of who’s more Muslim than you.”
The next scene is an anglo Muslim talking to two women on the beach, one in niqab, asking “Do you really want to be behind that and not express yourself?”. The women respond with “yes.”
Here are the next quotes from the series in the trailer:
“The hijab is the biggest cliché of Islam.”
“I don’t know if any of you have picked up on this yet, but I’m gay.”
Another male responded with “It is something discouraged and not welcome”
“Islam requires you to critically analyse the teachings and the book.”
“Suicide Bombing is never allowed in Islam” said a woman in niqab.
“I could not leave my house without getting abused” said a woman in hijab.
“So are you going to make a prayer for me to go to heaven?” one woman says to the other as she does her makeup.
“I remember the exact morning of 9/11”
“I am an Aussie mate. I was born here.”
“I’m Aboriginal and Muslim. Are you going to kick me out of my own country?”
“This is the face of Australian Muslim youth” one girl says, crying.
“I haven’t given you the right to decide what I am.”
“But I can call out your bullsh*t very easily”
“I don’t know cooking.” “That’s ok, we’ve got women here.”
“You’re just treating me like im covered from top to toe.”
“I have the right to say” “Yeah you do have the right to say but you don’t have the right to disrespect and thats what I’m sensing.” “No. Shut Up. Shut Up!”
Muslims Like Us on SBS: A social experiment at the Expense of Muslims? We’ll see…