No matter that Al-behead-TV has a kid’s network which approached the producers of an animated show about Indian legends. Sure, it’s for kids; sure it is created by actual Indians from the U.S. and Canada. Sure, it has received high marks for its quality animation and attention to historical accuracy and features the voice talent of renowned Aboriginal actors. This is all true. Which is probably why Al Jazeera wants this program in its lineup.
So what, you say—it’s a damn cartoon! Sure, sure sure...but remember this—you don’t have to go any further than the network’s comments page to discover the sentiments Al Jazeera truly advances. And it ain’t Barney and Big Bird.
"At first I thought it was a joke," co-producer Chris Kientz said of the letter he received from Al Jazeera’s head of acquisitions "urgently" requesting VHS screening tapes and international versions.
Incidentally, I've probably bashed the United States for its flaws and mistakes almost as much as Ward Churchill or Al Jazeera. Do I feel bad about that? Hell, no.
When we launched our war on terror, I spent the better part of a year compiling arguments and writing responses to the "good vs. evil" warmongers. As I often suggested, Ward Churchill was right about one thing. Whether it's Indians or Iraqis, the US has little regard for the lives of non-whites and non-Christians.