ABC Family shuts down 'Alice in Arabia' after Muslim advocacy group protests

By Daniel S Levine,

Just days after ordering the pilot, ABC Family has officially shut down Alice in Arabia after a Muslim advocacy group protested.

The pilot was greenlit on Monday and would have been about an American teenage girl who gets kidnapped by her royal Saudi Arabian family and is forced to live there. BuzzFeed obtained a copy of the script and advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations blasted ABC Family just after the project was announced.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the group asked that ABC Family executives meet with the Muslim community to talk about “concerns about potential stereotyping in the pilot.”

After the meeting, an ABC Family spokesperson confirmed that the pilot is not moving forward. “The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project,” the statement read.

CAIR executive director Hussam Ayloush also issued a statement, praising ABC Family’s decision.

Deadline notes that the script was written by rookie TV writer Brooke Eikmeier. She wrote it while working as a cryptologic linguist in Arabic at Fort Carson, Colorado.

ABC Family is surprisingly no stranger to controversy, despite its name. One of its new shows, Twisted, is about a man who killed his aunt when he was young and is trying to integrate back into society. It is about to finish its first season.



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