Halal in the Family
Aasif Mandvi’s web series, a sitcom parody, challenges the anti-Muslim bias that is prevalent in American society today. Through Aasif Qu’sosby’s absurd antics, each episode illuminates actual problems that Muslim Americans must regularly deal with, such as being under constant scrutiny for “suspicious activity” or becoming a target for bullies. While the episodes themselves are noteworthy for their hilarity, the innovation of Halal in the Family is its use of a digital space to create a story that seamlessly blends punch lines with advocacy. When the credits roll and the laughs stop after each episode, Halal in the Family‘s digital platform allows viewers to scroll down to learn the true gravity of the satirized issues and enables us to see how we can take action.