Channel 4 show about Muslims accused of 'brownface'

From BBC - October 20, 2017

Channel 4 is facing criticism for dressing a white woman as a Pakistani Muslim for a new documentary.

My Week as a Muslim sees her integrated into a Manchester family after May's terrorist attack in the city.

Katie Freeman, an NHS healthcare assistant with professed anti-Muslim views, is made-over with prosthetics, brown skin and a hijab.

Fozia Khan, the show's producer, said it was designed to show what it's like to be a Muslim in Britain.

"The programme allowed Katie to meaningfully walk in the shoes of someone from a different background," she said.

According to Khan, it enabled Freeman "to experience what it is like to be part of the British Pakistani Muslim community rather than observe it as an outsider."

My Week as a Muslim has yet to be broadcast, but a trailer was released this week.


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