Valentino's Ghost | 2013
A look at the changing image of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media and how it mirrors America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East. In 1920s Hollywood, the Arab was a hero, as played by the iconic Rudolph Valentino in the hugely successful "Sheik" movies. By the 1970s, Arabs and Muslims were depicted solely as embodiments of evil, not only in Hollywood films, but in children's cartoons, in the news media, on TV, and even on radio. Here, we take a look at what social, political and religious forces shifted the image to a celebrated hero to a negative stereotype.