The Bold Type boasts a beautiful love story between Kat Edison, a queer black woman exploring her sexuality, and Adena El-Amin, a Muslim lesbian.
A new American drama television series called The Bold Type is the internet’s new favourite thing. The Bold Type features an unconventional love story (one that is acceptable). The show boasts a beautiful love story between Kat Edison, a queer black woman exploring her sexuality, and Adena El-Amin, a Muslim lesbian.
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The Bold Type outlines the lives of three women, Jane, Kat and Sutton, working a women’s magazine in New York City. The lead character of Kat (Aisha Dee) gradually realises that she is not straight as she once believed. She learns of her sexuality through a photographer named Adena (Nikohl Boosheri). Adena is a proud Muslim who dons a hijab and is in tune with her sexual orientation.
The response from social media users has been mixed with some hailing the move to show Muslim women in an often unseen light while others slamming it as an attempt to distort Islam to cater to Western tastes.
Homosexuality, which is prohibited by all mainstream denominations of Islam, is punishable by the death penalty and life imprisonment in some Muslim-majority countries.
“Imagine not watching the bold type and not falling in love [with] kat and adena, glad I can’t relate,” said one Twitter user.
“Started watching The Bold Type for Adena & Kat, was not let down. The whole show’s sweet and full of healthy, strong female relationships,” said another.
Many Twitter users, however, have not been so enthusiastic about the portrayal.
I don’t understand why Muslim women need to be portrayed as barely following Islam to be accepted by mainstream tv https://t.co/FgI8cu0t6y
— 🌀moana (@jojobaoiI) July 30, 2017
The West only accepts Muslims who abandon everything that makes them Muslim. Don’t pray, fast, but pride themselves on drinking, dating etc.
— eemi (@eemanabbasi) July 6, 2017