#Mipsterz

The “Mipsterz” video has been making waves in the American Muslim community. What are your thoughts about the video?

The range of commentary from the Muslim community seemed to range from “beautiful, cool, diverse and vibrant” to “what’s the point?” (what’s the point of any music video?) to some terrible shaming of the women involved in front of and behind the cameras.

Some commentary we appreciated.

Somewhere in America?” by Professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer; “Somewhere on the Internet, Muslim women are being shamed” by Rabia Chaudry; “Somewhere in America, Muslim women are ‘cool’” by Sana Saeed; and “Somewhere in America, Muslim women are freaking out & fitting in” by Nadia S. Mohammad.

AltMuslimah also interviewed the filmmakers.

Muslim websites and writers weren’t the only ones covering the community discussions – Colorlines, Jezebel, Buzzfeed and Al Jazeera all weighed in too. Share your thoughts below!


5 Comments on “#Mipsterz”

  1. Shehzida says:

    I’m loving this new generation of Muslimah! I think its about time Muslim women stand up proud for what they believe in and who they are. If anything I am in awe of them; such strong, beautiful and empowered women. But I have to say this- the video has just brought on a strong desire for me to learn to skateboard lol!

  2. Yasmeen says:

    What I dislike about this video is that in an effort to show hijabis in a different light, it showed them in the same light as what hijab is supposed oppose. I know many people have a different definition of modesty. However, the beauty of Islam is that we aren’t left with any unanswered questions; we are told what modesty is. And while there may be a difference of opinion about what specifically constitutes proper hijab, you’d be hard-pressed to find an opinion that states that ripped jeans and stiletto heals fits the description.

    I am in no way judging the girls in this video. If I were to see them on the street I wouldn’t have a negative thought about them. They may have made more progress in their spirituality in a month than I have in years. It’s just that this video is supposed to represent muslim women and all it did was show some women who happen to be muslim. I feel as though the muslim part was put on the back burner.

    I also feel that this video further alienated those who dress more conservatively in America. It showed that there are muslims who dress in fitted clothing and who look just like the average fashionista..and then there are them. The ones who are covered in khimar, jilbab, niqab. The weird ones. The ones who cannot skateboard.

    I feel a more effective way of breaking stereotypes would have been to show an array of hijab wearing muslim women doing various activities and showcasing various skills.

  3. JS says:

    I thought it was a really fun ride through the lives of a group of Muslim American Women who aren’t often represented. I hope there are many more videos like this that represents other types of Muslim American women having fun and expressing themselves.

    I also hope people try to avoid judging the video too harshly because it doesn’t represent everyone– that’s a lot to put on one short piece, and the solution is to make more art, not tear down the art that has been made!