It’s almost impressive when a TV show manages to inspire this much loathing before a single episode has aired.
And we’re not even talking “disappointing adaptation of a beloved comicbook hero,” here. This is a completely original TV drama, by a new writer who doesn’t even appear to have an IMDb page yet.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Alice in Arabia is the story of a rebellious American teenager who is “unknowingly kidnapped” by her Saudi Arabian extended family, ending up “a virtual prisoner in her grandfather’s royal compound.” She then has to “count on her independent spirit and wit to find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil,” apparently.
Written by a former Army linguist who worked on NSA missions in the Middle East (seriously), this pilot concept has left many people wondering: What is ABC Family thinking? An Arab family kidnapping their American relative and keeping her in a walled compound? And forcing her to wear a veil? It practically seems like a checklist of Islamophobic paranoia buzzwords.