[Ed. – File this one under “Themes someone should really build a cult around.”]
Actor Riz Ahmed, a star of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, gave a warning to the entertainment industry that due to a lack of diverse roles in television and movies, people could turn to ISIS in an effort to feel they “belong” to something or somewhere.
“In the mind of the ISIS recruit, he’s the next James Bond, right? Have you seen some of those ISIS propaganda videos, they are cut like action movies. Where is the counter-narrative? Where are we telling these kids they can be heroes in our stories, that they [are] valued? People are looking for the message that they belong, that they are part of something, that they are seen and heard and that despite, or perhaps because of, their experience, they are valued. They want to feel represented. In that task, we have failed.”
Speaking to the British Parliament, Ahmed suggested that because of this lack of diversity, people would “retreat to fringe narratives, to bubbles online and sometimes even off to Syria.”