Avengers: Endgame’s Directors – Anthony and Joe Russo, or if more firmly put – ‘Thanos Killers’; are likely to begin an Infinity War to combat Islamophobia and the abuse of power by Donald Trump!!
Speaking at the Toronto Film Festival to The Daily Beast about their latest movie ‘Mosul – a movie based upon an elite group of Iraqi soldiers reclaiming their city from ISIS’, Russo Brothers provided their undisputed aid to combat the rising concerns of Islamophobia in the west.
Anthony and Joe mentioned their growing concerns in regards to the inability of the current Government to take effective measures. They feel that the government is lacking behind when it comes to resolving the underlying issue.
Also, both the Russo Brothers seemed highly skeptical about the incipient abuse of power by the President of America – Donald Trump.
What did the “Russo Brothers” say?
“I think media is the most powerful tool for combating Islamophobia, and for combating racism” – Joe Russo
Addressing the concern, The Russo’s further said that – “People can feel things emotionally — something that can override their brain. One of the great myths that ever perpetrated is that there are multiple races. There are not. There is one race: the human race”.
Both the Russo brothers also addressed a couple of other issues like Immigration. They mentioned their grandparents migrating to the U.S. from Italy.
“We were just brought up to think of America as a country of immigrants.” – Anthony Russo
Anthony and Joe said that they feel America presents an opportunity for freedom, especially freedom of expression. They proudly instigated that they wanted to celebrate and hold America to the fire.
Citing Trump Administration
Later, the Russo’s went after Trump administration without using any specific names. They recalled that power is intoxicating and it’s severely dangerous.
Taking a Dig at the current US President, they cited that – “As we are witnessing, when people get their hands on power, they can abuse it in all kinds of different ways”.
They asked the Americans to be watchful about the limit of power they allow to the people. On the current situation, Russo Brothers felt the need for a lot of checks and balances which are required in the U.S. Government.
Both the Russo Brothers are willing to combat Islamophobia. In recent times, there is a growing fear observed among the people for the Islamic community. This growing fear is based on a shredded belief denigrating the whole Islamic Community.
Many influencers have been coming out to combat the underlying scenario and build a deal of trust among people.
In any discussion about Islamophobia, there must be a definition which can acknowledge both direct forms of Islamophobic discrimination. The definition should also be able to address it’s more subtle nuanced manifestations.
“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness” – All-Party Parliamentary groups on British Muslims
We find several examples of good practice when combating Islamophobia. For instance, interfaith projects in Germany highlight the warmth and cultural compatibility between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Art can also be a good choice for a few cases, like in Belgium and the UK, to challenge Islamophobic ideas. The Tuffix comic strips by German artist Soufeina, and the 2017 British film, Freesia, are effective instances to highlight the contribution of Muslims in society and the issues many Muslims face as a result of Islamophobia.
We need to properly record the cases to assess the scope and nature of the phenomenon. The narratives and flawed logic which are being used in Islamophobic attacks must be effectively deconstructed and challenged.
Donald Trump on Islamophobia
Donald Trump is an Anti-Muslim person, from what we can tell. He must know that as a president, his words and actions can affect catastrophically.
In the light of recent terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand – The country’s worst mass-killing since 1943, Trump was seen promoting anti-muslim news.
Such behavior from the most powerful man of the free world does not help the cause of combating Islamophobia.
The best approach to combat Islamophobia should be such which can create a fair and just society for all. Irrespective of the religion; one which values and safeguards the citizenship of its members.
More people like the Russo Brothers should step up and support the cause of creating a better world.
Alas, humanity must always prosper at any cost!! – Aashish Vats, DKODING Media