Youths encouraged to overcome stereotypes

BAGHDAD — Jordan’s Queen Rania has become the latest personality to plug into YouTube, establishing her own channel to try to encourage youths in the kingdom to overcome stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs.

Rania, wife of King Abdullah II, urged viewers “to acknowledge stereotypes they’ve heard of Arabs and Muslims.”

“In a world where it’s so easy to connect to one another, we still remain very much disconnected. There’s a whole world of wonder out there that we cannot appreciate with stereotypes,” a statement by her office quoted her as saying.

“I want people to know the real Arab world, to see it unedited, unscripted and unfiltered, to see the personal side of my region, to know the places and faces and rituals and culture that shape the part of the world I call home.”

Rania said she would work “towards breaking down these preconceptions over the next few months” on her website.

“From now until Aug. 12, which is International Youth Day, I hope to be receiving from YouTubers some of the questions that they have and common stereotypes, and I will try to break them one by one,” she said on her YouTube channel.

“I will be also encouraging YouTubers to help me address some of these common stereotypes, so I will be relying on your skills and creativity … to get this right.”

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