Our editorial content is not influenced by any commissions we receive. Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed has today topped Twitter's trends with a powerful essay on racism and airport searches. The full essay was published in The Guardian as an extract from The Good Immigrant - a collection of essays from leading and emerging non-white British writers. In Riz Ahmed's essay entitled Typecast as a Terrorist, the MC recalls his experience of racially-motivated attacks as a young British-Asian in the 's, and of his journey as an actor pushed into terrorist roles. One particularly powerful moment recalls Ahmed being illegally detained at an airport, ironically on the way back from the Berlin Film Awards. It told the story of a group of friends from Birmingham who were illegally imprisoned and tortured in the US detainment camp.
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Riz Ahmed, star of HBO miniseries "The Night Of," on Thursday published an essay in The Guardian titled "Typecast as a terrorist," in which he details the tumultuous relationship between his racial identity and his career. Ahmed describes the three "stages" of roles that — as a Pakistani actor — he's relegated to playing: stage one, "the two-dimensional stereotype;" stage two, "the subversive portrayal, taking place on 'ethnic' terrain but aiming to challenge existing stereotypes;" and, finally, stage three, "the Promised Land, where you play a character whose story is not intrinsically linked to his race. Ahmed said he only found "stage three" roles in Hollywood, not in his native England, because "America uses its stories to export a myth of itself, just like the UK. The reality of Britain is vibrant multiculturalism, but the myth we export is an all-white world of lords and ladies. Conversely, American society is pretty segregated, but the myth it exports is of a racial melting-pot. Ahmed said he found American audition rooms to be similar to an interrogation room at Luton Airport in London where security officers "insulted, threatened, and then attacked me" in Read the full essay here.
Riz Ahmed’s Essay About Racism And Typecasting is Essential Reading
There's something so special about watching your favorite celebrities obsess over each other the way you obsess about them, and every year, the TIME list gives us the opportunity to enjoy just that. On Thursday, the edition was released, including Lin-Manuel Miranda's essay about Riz Ahmed , who not only made the list but also the cover. There's no denying that both stars have had an insane year, but I never fully realized just how close Ahmed is to taking over until I read Miranda's take on it. His essay — which was short, but read practically like a song, in true Miranda style — was all about pointing out the fact that Ahmed has been in literally everything lately, from Rogue One to Girls to The Night Of. Like basically everyone who's seen Ahmed in anything over the past year or so, I've quickly fallen in love with his talent, but seeing everything listed out like that is kind of mind blowing.
The star of HBO miniseries "The Night Of," Riz Ahmed, penned an emotional piece on racism and what it's like to be typecast as a terrorist — both onscreen and in real life. The essay, extracted from "The Good Immigrant," an anthology of works by English writers of color, was published in The Guardian Thursday. In the end, I was always let in, so these airport auditions were technically a success. But they involved the experience of being typecast, and when that happens enough, you internalize the role written for you by others. Now, like an overeager method actor, I was struggling to break character.