Muslim Comedy Show Fights Racism with Laughter

June 14, 2008

Author: Fanou Filali

Source: France 24

Ever since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US and the 2005 racial riots in Cronulla, a southern suburb of Sydney, things haven’t been easy for Muslims in Australia. Targeted for their religious beliefs and often misrepresented in the mainstream media, Australian Muslims have felt under pressure and marginalised. Today, a new Muslim comedy show, "Salam Café,” is giving this minority a voice. "Salam Café" represents a new generation of Australian Muslims. Young, smart and funny, they’re on a mission: to defy stereotypes and have a laugh.

Wednesday night in Sydney’s Hills district. A group of friends is gathering in front of their TV set to watch "Salam Café": the first and only Muslim comedy show to be aired on national television in a western country.

For many Australian Muslims, the show is a breath of fresh air, finally giving a voice to Muslim moderates.