The Independent’s journalism is supported by our readers. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission.

Double Take: I'm an Arab actor who has been asked to audition for the role of terrorist more than 30 times

Listen to writer, actor and drag performer Amrou al-Khadi read his piece

The column was originally written in response to the Oscar nominations and the podcast recorded before the tragic attacks in Manchester and London.

However, in the wake of recent events Amrou’s piece feels more pertinent than ever.

While political parties blame the attack on police cuts or or the Wild West nature of the internet, few are talking about the deep cultural roots that cause young Muslim men to feel so alienated by mainstream narratives that they find comfort on the fringes of Islamic extremism.

If you ever felt in any doubt about the lack of positive representation of Muslims in British TV and film, listen to Amrou read and discuss his piece.

Double Take is a podcast in which we revisit our favourite comment pieces. Each week an author will be coming into the studio to read their column, and we’ll be catching up with them about what happened after we clicked publish.

Please rate, review and subscribe on iTunes, Acast or wherever else you get your podcasts. You can also listen by subscribing to the Independent Daily Edition app.

Read the original piece on our site here.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in